If you’re looking to book a vacation to relax during your pregnancy, you’re in luck: air travel is generally considered safe for pregnant women.
Among the countless number of things a woman must consider before, during and after her pregnancy, vaccination is currently one the most controversial. Unfortunately, because of the efforts of the anti-vaccination movement, vaccination has become a dirty word and even dirtier when contemplated during pregnancy.
Having a high-risk pregnancy or being prolonged bedrest can have profound effects on you physically, emotionally, and mentally, but these effects don’t just stop with you. The all-consuming nature of a high-risk pregnancy can significantly affect the lives and well-being of your partner, children and even extended family and friends.
Women are starting families later. But the main force behind the trend is a dramatic drop in births to teens. That drove up the average age at which women give birth to their first child to 26.3 years in 2014, from 24.9 years in 2000, according to data released Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By addressing health issues and risks before pregnancy, problems that could affect the health of mom or baby may be prevented. The goals of preconception counseling are to improve maternal, fetal, and neonatal outcomes by optimizing health, address modifiable risk factors, and provide education about pregnancy.