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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Ditch the birth control and get busy. That’s all it takes to make a baby, right? Not always: Many lifestyle factors may impede on your journey to motherhood. Still, many women are ill-informed when it comes to fertility, according to a new study published in Fertility & Sterility.
You know it’s important to develop healthy eating habits before baby comes, but dad’s patterns matter, too, says new research from McGill University in Canada.
Male mice that consumed a folate-deficient diet were 30 percent more likely to have offspring with birth defects, compared to mice that ate a diet rich in folate.
Like most women who've missed a period, Jessica picked up a few pregnancy tests to see if a new baby was on the way. Her first test was negative, but her second, "slightly positive." Then, a few days later, she started to bleed, as if she had a regular period.
Since Jessica had miscarried once before, she had a few questions: “Do you think I was pregnant again, and my body rejected the baby? Or could this be some fluke thing, and this is a normal period?” Let’s break down each concern.
“Was I pregnant again?”
A lot of women are worried about the impact of bacterial vaginosis (BV) on their fertility. Should they be? Let's start by understanding the condition a litte more. BV is a super common vaginal infection that affects around 16% of women in the US. It’s the most common vaginal infection diagnosed.
It seems like the media constantly bombards us with information about celebrities who have successful pregnancies. Jessica Simpson gets pregnant again when her first is only several months old. Angelina Jolie goes from having two gorgeous adopted children to a brood of six, including three that are biologically hers.
If you're reading this, chances are good that you're thinking about having a baby soon. But before the serious baby-making begins, check out this get-ready-to-get-pregnant guide. Already started trying? No problem. It's never too late to make lifestyle changes that will improve your health ... and your child's.
Seems so. In a 2006 study of 93 women who had been trying to become pregnant for six to 36 months, 26 percent conceived after taking Fertility Blend for Women for three months compared to 10 percent of the control group.
You may be referring to a procedure called intracytoplasmic sperm injection, or ICSI, which is often done in conjunction with IVF. While research shows it might increase the risk of chromosomal abnormalities, that risk is slight, says Paolo Rinaudo, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of obstetrics-gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.
Obstetricians recommend that a woman wait until she has had one normal menstrual period before trying to get pregnant again. This
Get a second opinion. While some experts believe uterine fibroids, which are noncancerous tumors, do not cause miscarriage, others say they can. “The key is a fibroid’s location and size,” says William P. Hummel, M.D., a reproductive endocrinologist specializing in miscarriage at the San Diego Fertility Center. The closer it is to the center of the uterus, where a fetus is likely to implant, the more likely it is to cause problems.
A septate uterus is a congenital condition in which a thin membrane called a septum divides the uterus, either partially or completely. While the condition does not affect a woman’s ability to conceive, it can impact a pregnancy’s outcome. “We see a higher risk of first- and second-trimester pregnancy loss with septate uterus,” says Beth W. Rackow, M.D., an assistant professor of OB-GYN at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. “There is also an increased risk of preterm labor.”