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Hear that? It’s your biological clock ticking. And don’t tell us you don’t have one—at some point, almost every woman thinks about getting pregnant. Whether it’s your first or your fifth, having a baby doesn’t just happen overnight, and getting pregnant can take some planning.

More and more women are choosing to wait, putting career and travel over marriage and family.  While there’s nothing wrong with such a choice, it can lead to the increased possibility that pregnancy might be more difficult. A woman only has a 15% chance to conceive each month, and over the age of 35 it’s harder to conceive because ovulation slows.  So while you can put off today what you can do tomorrow, many obstetricians recommend at least making sure your body is ready for pregnancy. While some families choose to adopt  to avoid costly and invasive fertility treatments, many women still try to do things the old-fashioned way.

Make sure you are in good health. Quit smoking, exercise regularly, and if you do plan to conceive, begin taking folic acid  to prevent birth defects. If you do have trouble getting pregnant, talk to your doctor, but remember to be patient! It can take up to a year to conceive—and during that time, you can enjoy trying again and again and again…[CNN]

Posted: 4/14/08