The best part about falling pregnant? The sex! The worst part? The waiting.
Speed up the process with the best positions to for making a baby.
For the sperm to find the egg you need deep penetration and this isn’t just a theory, researchers have put the positions under an MRI scanner to confirm the tip of the penis reaches the cervix in your everyday missionary and doggy style positions.
A team from CMC Beau Soleil in France took MRIs of couples in the missionary position, which discovered it allows the penis to reach the area at the front of the cervix.
They also found that the rear entry position allows a man to reach the area at the back of the cervix. Hint – doggy style gives sperm a head-start.
There’s also advice out there about getting into some upside down yoga positions after sex – not always what you feel like doing. Well, thankfully Dr James Goldfarb, director of the infertility service at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, says it’s not really necessary. (Great, cos we’d rather cuddle!)
But Dr Goldfarb does advise against gravity-defying positions that involve sitting, standing or, umm, swinging, during intercourse when you’re hoping to conceive. He also recommends not jumping out of bed straight away after you’ve done the deed.
“It's good advice to lay in bed for 10 to 15 minutes after intercourse, but you don't need your feet in the air,” he says. “Your pelvis does not move when you put your legs in the air.” And hold on for the bathroom too… “If you wait 10 to 15 minutes, the sperm that is going to get into the cervix will be in the cervix.”
Sperm are quick little suckers and you don’t want them scampering off in the wrong direction because you’re desperate to pee.
So there you have it, mums-to-be, the two perfect positions that prime sperm for take-off. But if you have a few other styles in your repertoire too, keep it up, because what really makes a baby is sex. Lots of it at the right time of the month.