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Couples should practice sex for three to six month before conception for a healthier baby

Couples should have sex for three to sex months before conception for a healthier baby, research shows.

COUPLES planning a baby should practice for three to six months before conception to increase their chances of producing a healthy baby, University of Adelaide research shows.

Prof Sarah Robertson from the university’s Robinson Institute will today present her research findings at the Australian Society for Medical Research Congress in Adelaide.

She said a woman’s repeated exposure to her partner’s sperm allowed her immune system time to build up tolerance to the foreign fluid and support a pregnancy.

“We now know that an average of at least 3-6 months coitus with their partner is necessary to get their immune system to respond correctly to enable a healthy pregnancy,” Prof Robertson said.

“In some people it does take longer … for some people it could take 12 months or more.”

Prof Robertson said couples were still able to get pregnant from a single encounter, but their chances of rejection and miscarriage along with complications like pre-eclampsia were greater.

“It’s not so much about the likelihood of getting pregnant, it’s more about healthy progression of pregnancy,” she said.

“You’re more likely to have a healthy pregnancy if you’ve had some practice beforehand.”

She said the research could lead to new advancements in assisted reproduction technology in the future.

“We would like to come up with new treatments and maybe even new drugs that could mimic this pathway and assist where there is some difficulty in getting the immune system to respond,” she said.

She said couples should also consider lifestyle factors including eating healthy and exercising, not smoking and reducing stress.

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