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First baby takes five months and two weeks to conceive

Majority of women conceive within the first year of trying and half embark on lifestyle changes to help them get pregnant

Posted: 22 September 2010
by Kimberley Smith

The average amount of time it takes British women to get pregnant is five and a half months, according to a survey by the fertility website The site asked 1,173 mums between the ages of 21 and 35 how long it took them to conceive their first baby.

It took 32% of mums between eight and 10 months to conceive, while 13% were trying for up to 14 months before achieving success. The mums’ answers averaged out at five and a half months but most admitted to making lifestyle changes to help the process along.

Just over half claimed they made changes in their diet and tried to improve their fitness to get healthy for pregnancy. And nearly a quarter used specific positions during sex that are said to increase chances of conception.

How long did it take you and what lengths did you go to?

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