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Pre-Pregnancy

Am I Really Pregnant?

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?”

4 Things You Should Avoid Before You Get Pregnant

So you and your partner have been seriously discussing having a baby. Congratulations! But before you start trying to conceive a baby, there are certain foods you should cut back on (and avoid), and some healthy lifestyle changes to start making.

Are You Ready for a Baby?

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.

Prenatal Vitamins from A to Z

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.

Medically Speaking

More Intense First-Trimester Medical Care
While the average mom- to-be doesn’t undergo her first ultrasound until 12 weeks, followed by a second (and often final) scan at 20 weeks, an ART patient often sees her baby’s heart beating at six weeks (four weeks after conception).

Formerly Infertile

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, people had sex to get pregnant. They peed on sticks and waited with giddy excitement for two pink lines to emerge. And when they learned a baby was on the way, they were happy.

My Future Baby

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.

Fertility Blend

Fertility-Blend

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.

Are IVF babies at risk?

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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.

Two In The Oven

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.

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