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.
As a recent medical school graduate, of course I had heard of fibroids. But I didn’t know about them until I was doubled over in pain in the MICU (Medical Intensive Care Unit). I wasn’t a patient though; I was a second-year Family Practice resident and was sitting at a desk trying to write a note on a patient.