The Science Behind Making a Baby on Vacation

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You can travel for work, or education. You can travel to broaden your horizons and learn about new cultures. And you can travel for family, either to visit them, make sure your first one never meets your second one (wait, what?), or start one.

That last one is called either a procreation vacation (gross), or a conceptionmoon (not really a word). The idea is that taking a trip with your lady for a week might be just the thing you need to get her knocked up. But does it work?

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The Science

There are no current studies that look specifically at vacation travel for conception. That’s probably because the term “procreation vacation” would make most scientists blush and throw up in their mouths a little.But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a scientific reason a vacation might get your Carribean queen in the family way. Why? Because of the 2 things that this vacation is intended to solve. Namely: more time for bangin’ and less stress.

Stress

There are hundreds of studies that show a link between fertility and stress. And they all pretty much point to the same conclusion: stress isn’t good for fertility.  For women, stress can interfere with hormones related to ovulation and may play a role in decreasing chances of fertilization and implantation. In men, one study showed that up to 3 major stress events in one year could decrease sperm count. All told, researchers believe that stress-related issues could account for up to 30 percent of problems with infertility.

Does eliminating stress help? Possibly. In one bizarre study, stressed women undergoing in vitro fertilization in Israel were made to laugh (and destress) with a clown after treatment. Researchers found that these women were more likely to conceive than those who didn’t get the clown treatment (likely because they were already a block away, running and screaming).

Sex

Studies show high levels of the stress hormone cortisol are related to a decrease in sex drive. Here’s a rhyme to help you remember: The more stress with which you’re dealing, the less sex that you’ll be feeling. (You’re welcome). So is this solved by vacations? Kind of.

There is research to suggest that individuals who regularly take their vacations feel less stress. So that should help things. But beyond stress relief, the vacations themselves may be working some magic too.

The psychology appears to be sound. Couples who are engaged in exciting activities they both enjoy feel more connected. That connectedness, in turn, leads to increased intimacy. And increased intimacy leads to sexytimes.

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How To Make It Happen

There are a few tips that will help you make a baby on vacation, and do it safely. Not the least of which is knowing when to go.

Timing

You’ll want to try and make sure that you’re taking your trip around the time your lady is ovulating. That can be tricky to figure out, although there are apps out in the world that will help your wife.

Basically, your lady will pop out an egg about 14 days after her period. You have a day or 2 before and after that to be in the optimum conception window. So there will be some logistics to consider in travel time and length of your stay. But if you try to plan so that the supposed ovulation date occurs in the middle of a long weekend or a week of vacation, you should be covered.

Location

Keep in mind that Zika remains a risk in many parts of the world that are popular for warm vacations. The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) warn pregnant women about contracting the virus, but there is little information about how contracting the virus at (or around) conception may affect the fetus. That said, it’s probably best to avoid the risk entirely by vacationing in a Zika-free location. The CDC has a handy map to help.

Activity

You may think that the biggest consideration on your getaway will be the hotel room where you’ll be spending most of your time. Not true. Remember that sharing the adventure is what starts the connectedness to sexytime chain reaction. Plus, days of desperate sex will likely be more stressful than fun, which is exactly what you’re trying to avoid in the first place. So plan activities outside of your luxury suite that will allow you to relax and connect. Not every moment has to be focused on getting it on.

In the end, while the various names to describe this kind of trip are incredibly regrettable, there is sound science to suggest it might help you have a kid. In fact, many parents swear by it. If you destress and connect you just might be planning a babymoon in about 6 months.

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