You have finally made a decision to take the big step - becoming a parent!
Preparing for Pregnancy can help make sure things start off on the right foot. Pre-Pregnancy Health Check can help you understand why it is so important to visit your doctor before you begin trying to have a child.
For some tips on improving you chances of conceiving, take a look at Are You Ovulating?, Facts on Ovulating, Cervical Mucus, and Understanding Your Reproductive System. If you’re worried about exposure to harmful substances, you’ll want to read Environmental Risks. In this section, you’ll learn how outside factors can inhibit your ability to reproduce.
For those of you who have been trying to conceive for a while, you might be wondering Why Can’t I Get Pregnant?. There are many things that can affect your ability to conceive such as alcohol and smoking. For further information on difficulties getting pregnant, please see our Infertility section. If you have had tubal ligation surgery and decide you want to get pregnant, read about tubal ligation reversal.
Revision date: June 22, 2011
Last revised: by Janet A. Staessen, MD, PhD