Aussie honeymooners who have a hard time with getting pregnant may be better off with an extra day to relax and enjoy the company of their new baby, according to new research.
The results of a study conducted by researchers at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) found that people who were willing to take a couple of extra days to relax after the baby was born were more likely to be successful in conceiving.
The study, published in the Journal of Psychology and Behaviour, also found that couples who took at least two weeks to conceive were more successful than couples who waited two weeks.
The researchers, led by Professor Michael Leggett, found that both couples who had taken longer to conceive had significantly higher rates of success.
“There’s a long-standing debate about whether or not couples who take longer to become pregnant should do so,” Professor Leggets said.
“One of the reasons people are taking longer to get pregnant is that they think that they will not be able to conceive, or that they’ll get pregnant in time.”
The Queensland University researchers used data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth to examine the effects of two weeks of relaxation on couples who were expecting to have a baby within a year of getting married.
The research found that when couples were willing and able to take two weeks or more off work, the rate of successful pregnancy increased by more than a third.
The participants also had more sex, had more children and were more satisfied with their relationships.
The Queensland researchers also found couples who used a long term relationship before having a baby were less likely to have children, with the most common reasons being marital discord, a lack of confidence in the birth of the baby, and a lack a partner who could care for the baby.
“What we’re doing with this research is looking at the impact that a couple takes time off work to have,” Professor Michael said.
“We’re asking what impact does this have on the probability of having a child and what impact is this having on a couple’s ability to conceive and what effect does it have on how they feel about their relationships.”
He said it was important to take advantage of the extra time.
“If we are taking some time off, then we have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of having children,” Professor Dr Leggetts said.
He said couples could take advantage by taking part in activities and activities that had been shown to improve mental health.
“What we found is that a little bit of time spent with their partners was associated with greater psychological well-being, better mental health, and improved levels of physical health, in particular physical health,” he said.
The couple involved in the research were also happy to share their story with other couples.