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11-11-11: How to Get the Coolest Birthday for Your Baby
As one of the nation's leading fertility experts, Dr. Jamie Grifo is barraged with phone calls requesting advice. He thought he'd heard it all until a few weeks ago when callers started asking him a completely new question.
"They want to know when to have sex to have a baby on November 11," says Grifo, program director of the New York University Fertility Center. "11-11-11 - people really want that birth date for their baby."
Grifo's answer: A woman who conceives February 18 will have a November 11 due date, provided she has a regular 28-day cycle. But of course conception is not an advanced science. Since cycles vary and most pregnancies aren't exactly 40 weeks, conceiving a child anytime in the next week or two could get the coveted 11-11-11 digits for your little one. Valentine's Day sex, for example, could very well land you a baby on November 11.
The next chance for a birth date with six numbers all the same? November 11, 2111. You'll be dead by then.
Conception myths or facts: Dirty movies, laptops and sweet potatoes
Whether you're aiming for 11-11-11 or not, you can increase your chances of conceiving by having sex on your most fertile days of the month — this conception calendar will help determine those days. Beyond that, you should separate fact from fiction when it comes to conception.
Does dad need to trade in his tighty whities for briefs to keep sperm in tiptop shape? If mom has an orgasm, will that help sperm reach egg? Are certain sexual positions conducive to conception?