Top 5 Reasons To Conceive In Spring

Springtime conception means winter newborns, empty delivery rooms and mild temperatures


 

Getting ready to try to get pregnant? Spring might be the ideal time to do just that. Of course, pregnancy planning isn’t always as easy as picking a month and going for it—but if you’re at the beginning of your journey and it suits you, here are some reasons why a spring conception might be just right for you and your growing family.

1. Avoid the rush

Hospitals and midwives are busiest in the autumn months. Specifically, mid-September is when the most babies are born in Canadian hospitals, winter holiday season the peak time for conception. Plan to give yourself and your new arrival some extra space and attention by avoiding the busy season. Less crowded hospitals and less tired care providers will make for an easier delivery and post-partum overall.

2. Bring on the winter baby

A winter baby means some months to snuggle up and get acquainted before you’re pulled in all directions for outings and such, as social expectations tend to be lower in winter. It may also be an easier time to become accustomed to breastfeeding, if you’ll be nursing, as it won’t be uncomfortably hot. Bonus! A baby born in winter will be the right age to hit the park and actually enjoy it by the time summer rolls around.

3. Healthy sperm season

A recent study has shown that sperm is at its healthiest in late winter and early spring. This means more sperm is produced, and that sperm is “swimming” faster. These considerations could mean an easier time getting pregnant, and who wouldn’t want that?

4. Quality time with older siblings and your spouse

If you have older kids at home, or even if you’re planning a pre-baby getaway or down time with your partner, planning your second trimester—usually the most low-stress of them—to coincide with summer means being able to give your family some extra love before baby arrives. With kids home from school and lots more activities available for families (and couples) in the summer months, it is the perfect time to plan to spend some quality time with the fam before the new baby arrives.

5. No heat waves, please

While we all hope for a smooth and easy pregnancy, the reality is that many have icky symptoms a lot of the time. Being your most pregnant in summer means contending with sticky hot weather, when you may already be feeling sticky and warm from hormones. Another reason a spring conception might be in your favour.

A bonus perk: after avoiding being too hot during the summer, a pregnant belly will keep you warmer in the cooling fall months! 

 

 

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