Does "having a baby" top your list of New Year's Resolutions? There's no time like the present to start preparing your body for pregnancy. Whether this is your first time or you're hoping to conceive your second or subsequent baby, there's plenty you and your partner can do to increase your odds of giving birth to a healthy baby.
Preparing for Pregnancy
Some women are ready to plunge into another pregnancy while they still have one or more children in diapers, others don't even want to think about seeing the pregnancy test come back positive again until their youngest child hops on the school bus for kindergarten! Here are some factors to consider when you're trying to decide whether you're ready to have another baby.
When a woman is pregnant, her thoughts tend to focus on the baby's name, the color of the nursery and preparing the home for the new arrival. Most parents-to-be never have to worry about their child being born with a birth defect.
There are new reasons to control your weight both before and after you conceive -- particularly if you're heavy before you even try to have a baby. Obesity promotes not only severe pregnancy complications in the mother, it also places the baby at high risk of health problems.
Researchers from Magee-Womens Research Institute in Pittsburgh revealed that at least one type of menstrual-related disorder linked to infertility may be the result of stress -- and resolving that stress could return reproductive functions to normal.