The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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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.
You and your partner have talked about having a baby, but it’s not happening just yet. If you plan to get pregnant within the next few months—or even year—it’s important to get your diet on the healthy track now to prepare your body for pregnancy later.
Once you and your partner decided you want to have a baby, daydreaming about your new family—and the fun you’ll have creating it—might be consuming most of your thoughts these days. And while you’ve probably heard from most people with children that you’re “never completely ready to have a baby,” there are a few discussion points you and your guy should cover before you get pregnant.
Sperm are not suffering from the winter blues, according a new study. Researchers say that human sperm are generally at their healthiest and "swim" faster in winter and early spring, making it easier to conceive during those months, the New York Daily News reports.
Susanna and her sister, Diane, struggled with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) ever since they were teenagers. Early on, their doctor told them not to expect they’d ever have children and each sister resigned herself to a life that did not include motherhood. But when Susanna unexpectedly became pregnant, she and Diane were thrilled. Though that surprise pregnancy ended in miscarriage and another spontaneous pregnancy did not happen, Susanna remained optimistic that there was a baby in her future.
Infertility affects 1 in 8 couples in the United States, according to federal statistics. Many women turn to specialists, online research, books and DVDs to gain as much knowledge as possible when it comes to dealing with this struggle — and, of course, the stories of other couples who have been through it and have successfully become parents.
I met my new neighbor this week, a young-looking and very pregnant woman. During our getting-to-know you conversation, she described herself as an “older mom” having her first baby and said she’s getting a lot of intense scrutiny from her doctor and midwives because of her age. I couldn’t believe it when she said she was 44. She’s fit, fashionable and looks all of 30. She could be the poster model for “mothers of a certain age.”
Almost every sexually active woman has felt anxious at least once in her life, wondering whether or not her period is going to start. It’s usually filed in her brain under the heading: “Oh crap, did I get pregnant?” In my case, that file is pretty large. I’ve been caught by surprise pregnancies a couple of times (and I come from a long line of severely fertile women) and felt that pang of anxiety more months than I care to remember. Most of those months there was no cause for alarm.
Absolutely. Experts agree that this B vitamin reduces the risk of neural-tube defects (NTDs), such as spina bifida, and new research suggests it may also reduce the risk of cleft lip and cleft palate. Where they differ is in how much women need. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that all women who could become pregnant or are trying to conceive take 0.4 milligram (400 micrograms) daily.