As we find out more and more about human eggs and sperm and what makes them healthy, we're realizing how important it is to prepare for pregnancy by looking after ourselves - well before trying to get pregnant. Not everything of course is always straightforward, but more is known about conception problems and many can be treated.
Health really does matter when you're conceiving a baby. And your partner's health is just as important as yours. The fitter you both are at the time of conception, the better your chances of having a trouble-free pregnancy and labour, and a healthy baby. Parenthood will change your life in lots of ways, so it's a good idea to plan ahead as much as you can.
Babies genes come equally from both their mother, via the egg and their father, via the sperm. Each baby is a unique mix of both.
Due to assisted reproductive techniques, women are now able to fall pregnant at 40 and well beyond. But what are the risks?
Conceiving will probably be a mix of fun, excitement and stress as you increase your sexual activity in the hope of getting pregnant.
Many women "know" when they've fallen pregnant. This intuitive feeling is probably due to the early outpouring of female hormones.
Let's go a little deeper than the glossy magazine covers to understand what surrogacy is all about, how it impacts those concerned and what the ethical issues around surrogacy are...
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