An unplanned pregnancy can be quite a shock, but there’s no reason to panic. You’re not alone. Almost half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are surprises. Here are the first five steps you should take. 1. Call your primary care doctor or ob/gyn and make an appointment. “It’s important to see your d
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 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 that you’ll be seeing your doctor plenty after you conceive, but it’s a good idea to
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
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 that it's easier to
If you're unlucky enough to come down with the flu, you'll probably feel miserable for a few days. But if you happen to be pregnant, you could get really sick -- sick enough to wind up in the hospital. You might even go into labor prematurely, or give birth to a smaller-than-normal baby. By arming y
You may have heard about little bouts of forgetfulness during pregnancy. It's sometimes called momnesia or sometimes "pregnancy brain." At least one Australian study has cast doubt on whether there is such a thing as pregnancy brain. But what if it's real? What can you do about it while you're pregn
During the first few months of life, your baby will spend up to 20 hours each day asleep. That’s why it’s so important to buy a crib that’s comfy and safe. Search for these features when you shop for cribs: You don’t need the priciest crib. Safety is more important than the design or price of the cr
Debating about what to name your baby? Put yourself in the child's shoes. Picture your child not as a cute baby but as a grown-up bearing the name you picked. "My No. 1 tip is to stop and pretend you're naming yourself," Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard, says. "If you're starting out
You can't bring your baby home from the hospital without a car seat safely installed in your back seat. Before you embark on that confusing journey down the car seat aisle of your local baby supercenter, here are some features to look for: A new car seat is always best. This is one baby item that yo