popular topics in trying to conceive

  • woman talking to grandma about family health history
    Pregnancy
    Compiling Your Family Health History Before Conceiving
    When you decide to try for a new baby, consider doing a bit of research into your family history. Why? You will want to know whether your future child is disposed to any illnesses or genetic abnormalities, so you can best prepare.  More: Should...
    Elisa Cinelli
  • parents and pregnancy surrogate holding pregnant belly
    Pregnancy
    What It's Really Like to Use a Pregnancy Surrogate
    In the last few years, it seems that women are talking more openly about surrogacy. Actress Gabrielle Union talked openly about her fertility struggles that lead to welcoming her daughter Kaavia James via gestational surrogate. Kim Kardashian has...
    Sa'iyda Shabazz
  • Eye color genetic chart
    Genetics and Pregnancy
    What Color Will My Baby's Eyes Be? A Genetic Explanation
    */ Genes come in pairs, and each gene in a pair may differ slightly. One gene may be dominant, and override the other gene, which is recessive. A recessive gene only has an effect if both genes in a pair are recessive. An example is eye color. A...
  • young woman drinking fresh juice smoothie
    Pregnancy
    10 Health Changes to Make if You Plan to Get Pregnant in the New Year
    They say you’re never quite ready for everything motherhood throws your way--as much as you try. However, if you’re hoping this new year is THE year you’ll get pregnant (fingers and toes crossed!) there are some ways to prep your body for b...
    Rachel Sokol
  • Five Foods for Fertility
    Pregnancy
    5 Foods That Could Help You Get Pregnant
    Are you trying to get pregnant? There are plenty of things to do to get your body ready. Get lots of sleep. Take your vitamins. And don't forget to add these five foods to your diet to boost your fertility! For more details, check out 5 Fertility...
  • 8 Tips for Trying to Conceive
    Pregnancy
    Trying to Conceive? Here Are 8 Steps to Take First
    If you're ready to try to conceive, there are some important things to do to get ready. Here are 8 steps to take before trying to conceive. For more details, check out the full article. ...
  • Close up of hand on stomach
    Signs and Symptoms
    First Signs of Pregnancy
    */ The two-week wait to find out if you have conceived can feel like years if you are trying to have a baby. Some pregnancy symptoms can begin a just few days after conception, even before a positive pregnancy test would register. So how can you...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Five Foods to Boost Fertility
    Trying to Conceive
    5 Fertility-Boosting Foods That Could Help You Get Pregnant
    Having trouble getting pregnant? What you're eating might just have an effect on your family planning. Try adding in few a these fertility-boosting foods to see if they do the trick! Switch to Plant-Based Proteins   According findings from ...
    Kelly Sundstrom
  • things to do before ttc
    Trying to Conceive
    TTC? 5 Things to Consider First
    TTC? First off, you may be thinking, what does ttc mean? I remember googling those three little letters when my husband and I were talking about starting a family. I was the woman who would see a baby and get a twinge in my belly telling me to jo...
    Courtney Key
  • 8 Tips for Trying to Get Pregnant
    Trying to Conceive
    8 Steps to Take Before Trying to Conceive
    Most women know that a healthy body and lifestyle are vital during pregnancy, but did you know that preconception health can be just as important? Before you actively start trying to conceive, follow these steps to help prepare your body for a he...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • ovary at the end of fallopian tube ready to release egg
    Week 2 of Pregnancy
    Day 14 of your Menstrual Cycle
    What's happening insideThe ovary can be seen here at the end of the fallopian tube. At around this time of the menstrual cycle, a follicle at the surface of the ovary releases an egg, which is swept down the tube by clearly visible fingerlike pro...
  • Working mom on laptop with baby on lap
    Family Planning
    Can You Afford to Have Another Child? 8 Financial Questions to Consider
    Are you considering having another child, but are worried about the financial aspect of adding to your family? Raising a child is no doubt expensive, and while ultimately your decision might not be based on dollars and cents, it's still impo...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Pregnancy
    Genetics and Pregnancy
    How Genes Are Passed On
    Through the generationsThrough each generation, genes are shuffled and re-shuffled. Half of a baby's genes come from its father and half from its mother. The baby's parents in turn inherited half each of their genes from each of their own parents...
  • Pregnancy Begins With Conception
    Ovulation and Conception
    What Is Conception?
    Each woman is born with her full quota of follicles that contain immature eggs, some of which will mature and be released in her lifetime. Every month, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), released from the pituitary gland, encourages a number of ...
  • ovarian follicles on day 8 of menstrual cycle
    Week 2 of Pregnancy
    Day 8 of Your Menstrual Cycle
    What's happening insideHere, three developing ovarian follicles can be seen in white. The inner circle of each is the egg. Of the follicles shown, it is likely that only one will fully mature at ovulation and release an egg. ...
  • Fertility Treatments
    Assisted Reproduction
    Assisting Conception
    Some couples find that conception takes longer than anticipated. If you haven't become pregnant after two years of trying, your doctor may suggest fertility testing to identify if your fertility or that of your partner is suboptimal. If this is t...
  • Pregnancy
    Ovulation and Conception
    How Twins Are Conceived
      Today in the US, one in every 31 births is a twin birth. Twins are conceived in two ways that result in either identical or nonidentical twins. Identical twins occur when one fertilized egg splits into two separate cells. This type of twin ...
  • Family Genetics and Your Baby
    Genetics and Pregnancy
    The Role of Genes and Inheritance
    Genes are located on rodlike structures called chromosomes that are found in the nucleus of every cell in the body. Each gene occupies a specific position on a chromosome. Because genes provide instructions for making proteins, and proteins deter...