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How To Get Pregnant

Folic Acid: How Much and When?


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.

Are Fibroids A Miscarriage Risk?


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.

Little Swimmers

Think "fertility problem," and most people assume there's something wrong with the female half of the conception equation. In fact, when couples are having trouble making a baby, what's known as "male factor" is responsible an estimated 40 percent of the time. Here's what a guy can do—and what he should avoid doing—to maximize his chances of making plenty of hardy, healthy, fast-swimming sperm.

Here We Go Again

It was a windy, rainy day. It wasn't the kind of rain you could venture out in for an afternoon puddle-jumping excursion with two little girls. And that sent my preschool daughter, Julia, on a tirade. First came the pleading and whining. "Please, please, please, please can't we go outside?" Then came the screeching demand. "I want to go outside!" Then she launched the mother-of-all-fits on the floor—arms flailing, legs kicking, and even a last minute head-butt thrown in for dramatic effect.

Missed Periods and Pregnancy Scares

My husband is watching the first season of the cable show Mad Men on DVD. He tells me, "One of the characters went into labor and didn't know she was pregnant. I knew this was coming four episodes ago when they started mentioning how fat she was getting." That happens a lot on TV—women get a stomachache, rush to the ER and are told to push. Not so much in real life. Sure, I've had a couple patients over the years who really didn't know they were pregnant until they landed in labor and delivery.

Getting Pregnant. Or Not

A 26-year-old reader (who didn't include her name) is thinking about aiming for a pregnancy early next year. She has a lot of questions about how to go about this. I know what you're thinking: "have sex, duh—end of story." Not so fast. Unlike the gajillion of us who just plain ol' get pregnant, knocked up or caught by surprise in the family way, this reader is being very thoughtful about it.

The Race to Conceive

Susan's working on number two. She's a runner. I've written about this breed before. Just a few weeks ago Kelly, another runner, was having problems with first trimester spotting and despite her dedication to keeping her baby safe, not running was driving her nuts. My husband's a runner too. Personally, I don't have the runner-thing going on but having lived with one for a long time, I get it. They have to run.

The Mommy/Baby Game

It's never too early to plan on being a good parent. It's the stuff of many little girls' games, dreams and lifetime goals. Many little boys too, I imagine, but in my house, it's always the girls who play the mommy/baby game. Here's how it goes:

Girl 1: "I'll be the mommy and you be the baby."

Girl 2: "No, I want to be the mommy, this time. You always get to be the mommy."

Girl 1: "Well, you can't be the mommy because, I am. You can be the daddy if you want to. That's pretty good."

How to Get Pregnant

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re not pregnant yet but would like to be soon. For approximately 85 percent of American couples, conception happens fairly easily, and we hope you’re among them.  During the times in your life when you’re trying not to have a baby, you know that having unprotected sex just once can result in pregnancy. But the truth is, conception doesn’t happen quite as quickly as you may think, particularly when you’re 35 or older.