The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
The twin birth rate in the United States is close to 1 in 31, a nearly 40 percent increase since the early 1980s.
That’s because there are growing numbers of older moms (hormonal changes are believed to be responsible for the release of more than one egg at ovulation) and more successful fertility treatments.
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.