Trying to get pregnant? Make sure you know the bottom line on baby-making—what you don't understand can affect your bub-to-be's health.
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Q: I’ve heard cats can be risky during pregnancy. Why is this?
A: You might be referring to toxoplasmosis, an infection caused by a parasite that can be transmitted through cat feces. Though the infection typically causes only a mild flulike illness, it can pose serious problems during pregnancy.
Women in the United States have been strongly urged to abstain from drinking alcohol during pregnancy for so many years that the sight of a woman sipping a glass of wine while expecting is fairly scandalous to many. But that could be changing now, as new research suggests that light drinking during pregnancy might not pose as much harm to an unborn baby as previously thought.
Will my hair texture change during pregnancy?
“Many women notice that their hair becomes thicker and fuller during pregnancy,” says Alan J. Bauman, M.D., director of the Bauman Medical Group in Boca Raton, Fla. “Some attribute this change to their prenatal vitamins, but the primary cause of the hair improvement is the change in hormone levels.”
Q: When should I begin taking a prenatal vitamin?
A: Start three months before you begin trying to get pregnant, if possible. “The egg starts maturing about three months before it’s released, and it’s critical that the proper nutrients are present during the earliest stages,” says OB-GYN and reproductive endocrinologist Robert Greene, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., a fertility specialist at cny Fertility center in Syracuse, N.Y.