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Count It Or Not? - Answer

The Minchas Chinuch explains that the mitzva of having children is NOT the ACT of having them but the fact that they exist - the תוצאה. So even if they were born when he was a gentile the fact that they are alive after conversion enables him to fulfill his mitzva. This is different than the matza case. There the ACT of eating is the mitzva and thus must be performed when he is obligated [i.e. not a shoteh].

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