A Healthy Beginning for Pregnancy
Why managing your health, your weight, and your habits is so important before conception.
A Healthy Pregnancy: The Right Steps continued...
Other vaccines like tetanus or hepatitis B shots can
be given during pregnancy. In fact, women who will be in their second or third
trimesters during the flu season should get flu shots. Your doctor can help you
figure out what vaccines you need and when it's safe to get them.
Stress reduction: It is not fully understood, but the
cortisol hormone that the body releases during times of stress seems to make
conception more difficult, says Graves. "Stress is difficult to avoid, but
exercise, getting plenty of sleep, and developing a good support system can
help reduce stress."
If you've stayed true to a healthy lifestyle over the years, it can
translate into a healthy pregnancy -- especially helpful if you're past the
"prime" fertility years,