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Baby-Making Sex: What It's Really Like

Fact: making a baby is something to look forward to. No protection, no anxiety about getting knocked up and, best of all, you get to try with the person you love the most. Also a fact: baby-making sex can be exhausting, frustration, complicated, confusing... and well, redundant at times. If you're aiming for a baby, banking on your fertility window and crossing your fingers and toes that you'll miss your period, you're not alone. Here's what baby-making sex is really like.

When Is It Time to See a Fertility Doctor?

If you and your partner are trying to conceive, every month that goes by without a positive pee stick can feel like an eternity. But you may not need to rush off to the doctor just yet. Here's our guide to help you know when it's time to get checked for possible fertility problems. (But remember: These are guidelines. Please consult your doctor if you're at all unsure.)

 

5 Fertility Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

The general rule if you're under 35 is to try to conceive for one year before seeing a fertility specialist. But if you have any of these 5 symptoms, you shouldn't wait that long—instead, it's worth booking an appointment with your doctor right away. Not only could treatment help you get pregnant more quickly, but it could even help catch other potentially serious issues sooner, too.

Spot Fertility Problems Sooner: Track Your BBT

When you and your partner first decide to have a baby, you might think you'll get pregnant easily. Then after the first month or two with no success, you wonder, "What if something's wrong?" For a healthy couple under 35, doctors advise a year of trying before seeking infertility treatment. But when you're ready to conceive, that can seem like a really long time.

Pregnancy Reveal Video Spoofs Miley Cyrus

"It's our family we can do what we want," starts this amazing parody of Miley Cyrus's "We Can't Stop". And in this case it's having kids that Chad Chapman and his talented wife Andrea can't stop doing. But why should they? Their growing clan is literally the cutest and after watching this clip, we want MORE of them!

TTC? New Sean Penn Doc Uncovers a Problem

Just the way An Inconvenient Truth opened people's eyes to climate change, and Food Inc. got us thinking about the damaging side-effects of factory farming, another hard-hitting documentary, in theaters this Friday, is making us think twice about the chemicals lurking in everyday products … especially when it comes to fertility.

7 Things to Say to a Woman With Infertilty

When you're spending every waking moment trying to conceive, it seems like life is all downs and hardly any ups: Everyone around you is pregnant. Mother's Day sucks. A 50-something celeb is on the cover of your fave gossip rag, holding her new daughter. Baby shower invitations go in the trash unopened. And you know what doesn't help with infertility?

Pesticides in Fruit Could Lower Sperm Count

Could infertility be linked to a certain aisle of the grocery store? Surprisingly, yes.

Did Acupuncture Help Me Get Pregnant?

I spent 10 years dating my now-husband trying desperately not to get pregnant. All through college, his law school and our young professional lives, we doubled up on birth control: I was always on the pill and he used condoms. We were that cautious. Finally, almost three years into marriage, we felt ready to try for a baby.

Prenatal Vitimans and Insomnia

Nope, says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., an OB-GYN in New Haven, Conn. Despite rumors you may have read on mom-to-be message boards, it's highly unlikely that your prenatals are costing you those precious zzz's. Most formulations include some B vitamins, which contribute to overall energy, but they shouldn't affect your sleep. Still, Minkin recommends her patients try taking their vitamins at different hours of the day to see how they feel. "Experimenting allows you to understand how your body responds, so you can avoid discomfort," she says.

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