The benefits of carrying in the summer months.

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Summer usually means being with family. Be it a beach vacation, kids’ soccer games or evening barbecues, this is the season for quality time. Many women are taking the more relaxed pace of the season as a time to plan for the future and maybe start a family of their own. With sun-kissed skin and increased energy levels, we can’t think of a better time of year to be getting it on more often! Some studies have even shown that babies conceived in the summer months have a higher birth weight, possibly attributed to the wider availability of fresh produce. Reduced stress levels work in your favour for conception, too. If this is the summer you’re going to start trying, here are a few things you’ll need.

First Response Digital Ovulation Test KIT ($74.99, at Shoppers Drug Mart) tracks your luteinizing hormone (LH) surge, which is the two-day time frame when you are most fertile. Start testing on the fifth day of your period and the test meter will either say NO - (not your most fertile) or YES + (try to conceive within the next 24 to 36 hours). With over 99 per cent accuracy, this will help you figure out which days to bring out your best lingerie!

TROJAN Arouses & Releases Lubricant: Sex should still be fun with your partner—treating the deed as a means to an end to make a baby will get old fast. Trojan has a line of lubricants to make sex more pleasurable and bring your focus back to you and your partner. Trojan Arouses & Releases Lubricant ($19.99 for 88mL, mass retailers) is unscented, clear and mess-free—a  new must-have for your nightstand.

First Response rapid Results Pregnancy Test: If you can hardly wait to see the next episode of Suits, imagine how anxious you’ll be to find out if you’re pregnant! First Response Rapid Results Pregnancy Test ($14.99, Shoppers Drug Mart) is able to deliver results on the day of your missed period. The analysis takes only one minute and is 99 per cent accurate in detecting the pregnancy hormone in your urine. If you see two pink lines, a baby is on the way.