Thinking about getting pregnant? Then it’s time to get acquainted with the big O: ovulation. Just as menstrual cycles are different for every woman, so is ovulation. By learning to recognize the signs of ovulation, you’ll be able to time sex with your partner accordingly to boost the odds of getting pregnant.
When we’re trying to get pregnant we’ve got lots of questions. Like. . . How fast can I make this happen? Can I eat anything to aid in conception? And why is this process so strange and sometimes frustrating?!
After training for 15 years to become a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, I found myself 34 with no prospects for a long-term relationship and one year away from being the dreaded “advanced maternal age” — that age for a woman when her risk of having a baby with genetic abnormalities (i.e. Down syndrome) starts to increase.
Moderate exercise before pregnancy is associated with many positive outcomes for mom and baby, including a boost in fertility rates, less pain while pregnant andlower weight gains during pregnancy. And women whose weight is in a healthy range before pregnancy actually help to lower the risk of serious complications in their baby, with decreased risk of neural-tube or heart defects, among others.
Surrogacy is a method of assisted reproduction for people who are unable to conceive due to medical complications or other reasons. It is an agreement where a woman agrees to carry a pregnancy for a couple or a person, who will become the baby’s parent after birth.