From Here to Maternity

In This Chapter

^ Checking out your health and family history ^ Preparing your body for pregnancy ^ Understanding the effects of medications and vaccines ^ Making it happen: Conception made easy a ongratulations! If you're already pregnant, you're about to embark upon one of the most exciting adventures of your life. If you're thinking about getting pregnant, you're probably excited at the prospect and also a little nervous at the same time.

In this chapter, we go over what you need to know before you conceive. (We also provide some information on medications and vaccines that those who are already pregnant may be interested in, too.) The first step is to visit your practitioner and go over your family and personal health history. That way, you can discover whether you're in optimal shape to get pregnant, or whether you need to take some time to gain or lose weight, improve your diet, quit smoking, or discontinue medications that could be harmful to your pregnancy. We also give you some basic advice about the easiest way to conceive, and we touch on the topic of infertility.

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