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12 Wacky TTC Tricks That Are More Popular Than You Think

Three percent of people said they ate McDonald's fries right after baby-making sex to boost their chances at conceiving.

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In honor of National Babymaking Day (which, yes, actually exists!), which occurred this week on Tuesday, January 2, U.K. parenting community Channel Mum released a study explaining that the second day in the first month of the year is the most popular day of the year to conceive, with 60 percent of would-be parents trying for a baby that day. Further proof: U.K.’s most common day to be born is September 26 – 38 weeks after January 2. In addition, the site rounded up fairly eyebrow-raising, not exactly backed-by-science conception tips -- from eating McDonald's fries after having babymaking sex to eating dark chocolate every day -- that they say up to 71 percent of couples have tried to get pregnant.

Channel Mum founder Siobhan Freegard explained, “Falling pregnant isn’t always easy so couples who have been trying a while will attempt almost anything to help. While there isn’t much medical science to back up these tips, our members swear they have all helped and we have hundreds of bouncing new babies to prove it." 

Here, the entertaining tips they shared:

1. Wear socks during sex and for the week after to keep your feet warm (10%)
2. Eat McDonalds chips immediately after sex (3%)
3. Eat dark chocolate every day (37%)
4. Avoid having an orgasm for a week after sex (6%)
5. Use reverse psychology and tell yourself you don’t want a baby, then have a wild night out and forget about ‘trying’ (39%)
6. Eat pineapples and drink pineapple juice (32%)
7. Wear green and use green bedsheets – believed to be a fertile colour (5%)
8. Pierce your nose on the left side. Eastern Ayurvedic medicine claims this can make the woman more fertile (0.5%)
9. Don’t just put your legs in the air but ‘bicycle’ them for at least three minutes (58%)
10. Sleep in total darkness. Switch off your phones, devices and wifi (15%)
11. Do ‘dry January’ and stop drinking for a month (7%)
12. And for the men – wear frozen underwear. (1%)

It's truly interesting just how many people have tried some of these conception tricks -- particularly the ones involving fries, dark chocolate, and pineapple! The wild night out and "bicycling" strategies seem more conventional, of course.

No matter which one you choose, it doesn't hurt to make TTC a little more fun. Cheers to all the would-be parents out there giving these a whirl!