For those thinking about adding another member to the family, you’re in luck. A new study from Boston University has found the part of the year that is the best time to try.
Turns out, late fall to early winter is the best time to conceive.
So, how did researchers find this out? Basically, it came down to looking into which month contained the most birthdays of U.S. citizens — which just so happens to be early September in southern U.S. and just a little earlier in the northern regions.
While researchers weighed in holidays, like Valentine’s Day, that could potentially play a role in producing more babies, they ultimately deduced that it all comes down to the season itself.
Lead author Dr. Amerlia Wesselink says couples have better odds of conceiving between late November and early December.
Wesselink, a postdoctoral associate in epidemiology, explained, “After accounting for seasonal patterns in when couples start trying to conceive, we found a decline in fecundability in the late spring and a peak in the late fall. Interestingly, the association was stronger among couples living at lower latitudes.”
What’s fecundability? It’s basically how fertile a woman is during a menstrual cycle.
The study surveyed 14,331 women who were trying to get pregnant for less than six months.