Getting Pregnant2017-05-26T16:29:07+01:00

Getting Pregnant

There are a number of factors that can affect a couple’s fertility and ability to conceive.

There are others which can affect the health and wellbeing of the pregnancy and the developing baby. However, the good news is that there are a number of things you can do to help ensure that you and your partner are as healthy as possible, to give yourselves the best chances of conceiving. These include; eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and, where necessary, making certain lifestyle choices like stopping smoking and avoiding alcoholic drinks.

Difficulties getting pregnant

Difficulties getting pregnant For some couples the road to parenthood isn’t always straightforward and becoming pregnant can prove a lot more difficult than they’d ever anticipated. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) estimate that one in seven UK couples are affected by infertility. Fertility difficulties can affect the healthiest and most physically fit couples and can cause distress, anxiety and tension in even the most solid couple relationships. A new study has recently suggested that nearly half of all couples who fail to conceive after a [...]

Doing a pregnancy test

Doing a pregnancy test Women often report that they had a sixth sense or “just knew” that they were pregnant. In fact, some of the commonest signs and symptoms of pregnancy can be experienced quite early on following conception. The earliest and most reliable indication of being pregnant is a missed period – this is particularly the case for women who have a regular 28-day menstrual cycle. This isn’t the case for every woman though, and some will have a shorter or much lighter period than usual. Consequently, they may [...]

How can I increase my chances of getting pregnant?

How can I increase my chances of getting pregnant? You may be reading this article because you are thinking about starting a family or just want to know more about getting pregnant. Research studies show there are a range of factors that can affect a couple’s fertility and their ability to conceive. Women are often naturally in-tune with their bodies and their menstrual cycles (periods) and this is always a good starting point. If you ‘know’ your body you can start to understand when you are at your most [...]

Folic Acid and Pregnancy

What is folic acid? Folic acid is one of the B group of vitamins – it is known as vitamin B9 and is also referred to as folate. Folic acid has an important role in ensuring healthy cell growth and development; however, it becomes even more important prior to conception and during the early weeks of pregnancy. Conclusive research evidence has existed for over 20 years, which shows that an adequate daily consumption of folic acid before and during the early weeks of pregnancy, promotes the healthy development of [...]

When can I start trying for another baby after a Caesarean section?

When can I start trying for another baby after a Caesarean section? Caesarean section is the most common major operation performed on women worldwide, with women being over four times more likely to have a caesarean birth nowadays than they were thirty years ago. The concern about the high number of caesarean births means that healthcare professionals and the maternity services are trying to ensure that caesarean sections are only performed when necessary. Women who have undergone a caesarean are more likely to have their next baby by caesarean, [...]

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