Advice before pregnancy on improving health by improving your diet, exercise and eliminating unhealth habits.
Preparing for Pregnancy
One should not assume weight alone is a problem. It can be, but it is not a given. In fact, weight is probably only a factor less than 10 percent of the time. The primary obstacle for overweight women is ovulation.
So you have decided to have a child. Congratulations. Welcome to a whole new world of choices. Never before have your decisions had such a profound impact on another person. Everything you eat, drink, breathe and touch can affect your baby. But before you throw away your morning coffee or tea take a few minutes and read these common sense thoughts on pregnancy.
Studies have shown a link between taking high doses of Vitamin A (as retinol or retinyl esters) during early pregnancy and certain birth defects. How much and what forms of Vitamin A is safe during pregnancy? Are there other medications or foods that should be avoided?
Alcohol, found in wine, beer and liquors, is a toxic substance that is quickly transferred from the mother's bloodstream to the baby's.
If current trends continue, smoking will have a tremendous health impact on smoking mothers and their unborn or born children. Women who smoke during pregnancy are at risk for premature birth, pregnancy complications, low-birth weight infants, stillbirth, and a higher rate of infant mortality.
Feeling good about yourself is the key to making the most of the childbearing year. A woman who feels good about herself will celebrate the changes that her body experiences during pregnancy, look forward to the challenge of giving birth, and willingly accept the physical and emotional changes of the postpartum period.
Hoping to get pregnant soon? You've come to the right place! Here's everything you need to know to maximize your chances of conceiving quickly and to get your pregnancy off to the healthiest possible start.
It takes courage to try again when your previous pregnancy ended in miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss. As you know only too well from past experience, there is no guarantee that you'll end up with a storybook happy ending nine months down the road.
Dear Ms Ultrasound,
I'm a 26-year-old, newlywed woman and I want to become pregnant as soon as possible. About 6 months ago, I had a tubal pregnancy and had to have my tube removed.
I was just wondering if this procedure has an affect on me getting pregnant now?