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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By the time I got pregnant—after undergoing nearly every fertility treatment known to womankind—I knew most of what there is to know about conception. But once the dipstick turned blue, it dawned on me: I was clueless. For all I knew about getting pregnant, I knew zip about being pregnant.
I had no idea what to be concerned about and which common pregnancy worries to dismiss as overblown. Turns out, most women get these two categories confused: They fret endlessly about dangers that don't exist, doctors say, while ignoring issues that may well affect their pregnancies and the health of their babies. "The body is a great filter. It's designed for pregnancy," says Stuart Fischbein, M.D., an OB-GYN in Los Angeles and co-author of Fearless Pregnancy (Fair Winds Press). What the body wasn't designed for is today's sedentary lifestyle, which can affect pregnancy in ways that many women don't realize.
Are your worries well placed or off base? Take this quiz and find out if you need to get a clue.