5 things you didn't know about pregnancy and relationships (but you should)
Today, Pregknowsis.com is releasing (to you - our community - first) findings from over 3 months of pregnancy and conception related research. Since launch, we have had over 10,000 views and 3,500 unique votes from all of you and we’ve learned some interesting things that can benefit women and their partners. Thanks again for helping us progress toward our mission of providing better answers for those in the TTC, pregnancy, and early parenthood process! The highlights from our research are below:
If you want to conceive quickly, avoid that extra slice of pizza!
As it turns out, weight and diet have a significant impact on timing during the conception process. In answers from our community, overweight (BMI of 24.9+) or obese (BMI of 30+) women who tried to conceive were 11% more likely to not get pregnant in their first month of trying and a whopping 68%  more likely to take a year or longer (widely deemed as fertility challenged) to get pregnant! You can also see this impact with women trying to conceive after stopping birth control, where being overweight and not watching diet made it 44% more likely to take longer than 6 months to get pregnant.
When you consider that well over a third of women trying to conceive are able to do so in the first month and only about 1 in 6 take longer than a year to get pregnant while trying, it becomes clear that being overweight can have a severe impact on becoming pregnant!
But it’s not all doom and gloom. We found that one behavior had a pronounced impact on helping improve fertility amongst the overweight or obese (as defined by BMI, above). For this group, exercising 2-3 times per week increased the likelihood of conception in the first month by 43% and decreased the likelihood of taking one year or longer to conceive by 21%!
Speaking of exercise…
The power of exercise compels you….the power of exercise compels you…
For most people, the knowledge that exercise improves health, mood, stamina, and overall ability to recognize sunshine isn’t always enough to make us move more. If the idea of sweating it out daily at the gym doesn't appeal to you, you might like this next stat: for those trying to get pregnant quickly, exercising 2-3 times per week increased likelihood to conceive in the first month of trying by 31%!
In fact, the data in our polls suggest that 2-3 times per week appears to be the “sweet spot” and that those trying to conceive should be careful about the frequency of exercise. While not exercising at all is suboptimal, it's also very possible to overdo it. We found that those who exercised 4-5 times per week or more were 14% more likely to take longer than one month to conceive. In short: if you're trying to conceive quickly, it may not be the best time to start training for a marathon.
Baby-making music: Battle of Gen X vs. Gen Y
When it comes to the “effort” put in to making a baby and raising a family, how do younger couples (35 and under) stack up to those 35+? Well, according to our research, the experienced folks are in the lead!
Across the sex and relationship questions on the site, most of us were similar in frequency and relationships, but the 35+ couples were clear winners in two areas. First, those 35+ were a whopping 49% more likely to be having sex every day or multiple times a day when trying to conceive! In addition to having “more fun” in the conception process, those 35+ were also 31% less likely to experience relationship issues after having children.
It seems the Gen X’ers take this round…
The Times, they are a-changing…
Speaking of differences across generations, perhaps one of the more frightening (and informative) statistics of our report has to do with the difference between women having babies now vs. women having babies more than 20 years ago. A lot has changed in 20 years – both in our environment and in our habits – and the data reflects that change. Women who had babies 20 or more years ago were 59% more likely to get pregnant in their first month of trying than women who have given birth in the past 20 years or less!
One of the main aims of pregknowsis.com is to help women and their partners learn about the pregnancy process and relationships from each other. As this stat shows, while people are still having happy babies and relationships, there is a long way to go to help women have children during their prime conception window!
What about the Stay at Home Mom’s and the working mom’s?
A common discussion in the mommy world is the differences between stay at home moms and moms who have full-time employment outside of the home. Well, our research found that they were similar on most questions, but had some significant differences in responses to two areas: conception in the first month of trying and relationship issues after having children. Mothers employed outside of the home had a 37% greater likelihood to conceive in the first month of trying and a 21% lower likelihood of reporting relationship issues after having children *.
Our polls give real time answers and allow you to see what characteristics, lifestyle choices, and demographics have an impact on the answers that apply to you! To continue searching through our polls, or to ask your own of our community, sign up here.
An Announcement from Pregknowsis.com: We are excited to share the learnings above from our first few months! To help answer specific questions about individual user types, we are working on developing custom reports to help those trying to improve their fertility odds. In preliminary pilot tests for custom pregknowsis, our test profile shows approximate improvement of 54% in first month conception and 52% reduction in conception times one year or greater vs. other activities and lifestyle choices amongst thousands of combinations! Soon, these custom reports, along with tips to help make changes to aide conception, will be available to registered users through our pregknowsis.com website. To get the latest on this and more Pregknowsis news, sign up/register here.
Percentage point differences were:  – 7pts (from 63% to 70% of responses);  – 9pts (from 14% to 23% of responses);  – 13pts (from 30% to 43% of responses);  – 11pts (from 36% to 25% of responses);  – 5pts (from 25% to 20% of responses);  – 9pts (from 30% to 39% of responses);  – 9pts (from 65% to 74% of responses);  – 8pts (from 16% to 24% of responses);  – 21pts (from 66% to 45% of responses);  – 18pts (from 30% to 48% of responses);  – 12pts (from 45% to 33% of responses);  – 15pts (from 71% to 56% of responses)
*All statistics referenced in this report showed greater than 90% Statistical Significance, except for this statistic which showed 88%+ due to limited data points