Picking colors for the baby’s room is fun, but here are some practical tips you’ll want to think about before you consider getting pregnant. Get healthy. "The No. 1 thing I tell women is health, health, health. I would love her to time the pregnancy for when she is healthiest," says Jeanne Conry, MD
Will you get an episiotomy when you have your baby, just like generations before? The chances are good that you won’t. But just in case, you’ll want to know what’s involved and when it might have to happen -- even if it was not in your plans. An episiotomy is a surgical cut that the doctor makes bet
Few things are more devastating than having a miscarriage when you're trying to start or grow your family. Even worse? Feeling like it's your fault. A recent national survey shows that 41% of women who had a miscarriage felt they were responsible for causing it. But that couldn't be farther from the
When Christopher Blake's wife got pregnant for the first time, the couple didn't read up on anything that could go wrong. "We were afraid we would 'jinx' the pregnancy," he recalls. So when his wife had a miscarriage, they felt completely unprepared. The second time she got pregnant, they did the op
If you’ve spent time online lately, you’ve probably come across plenty of pregnancy-related pictures and updates. Most expectant moms turn to the Internet for information and advice and to share what they’re going through. But how much should you reveal on social media -- and at what point in your p
You're ready to get pregnant, and you want to know when you're most likely to conceive. That means figuring out when you're ovulating. You can try to pick out your most fertile days on your own, but there are tests and kits that can give you a clearer idea of the best time for baby-making. First, re
From getting pregnant to timing contractions during labor, there’s an app for nearly every part of your pregnancy. There are even apps that can help you name your baby and take the perfect selfie of your growing bump. “Overall, the explosion in pregnancy-related apps is great,” says Alyssa Dweck, MD
Only you can know if you’re emotionally ready to have a baby. But checking in with yourself is a smart way to start your journey to motherhood.
Pregnancy is different for everyone. You can’t know exactly how the experience will be for you. And that’s OK. “Just because you don’t know what’s coming do
You're ready to have a baby! But if you're over 35, you might worry that you’ve missed your chance at motherhood. Rest assured, you can become a mom in your late 30s or even into your 40s. But you may not get pregnant as quickly or easily as a 20-something would.
There’s no doubt it's easier to get
You may not be pregnant yet, but there’s plenty you can do now to make yourself as healthy as possible for a growing baby. Consider this your preconception to-do list: Make an appointment with your doctor. It’s true: You’ll be seeing her plenty after you conceive. But it’s a good idea to book a visi