When it comes to being pregnant, there’s no such thing as a dumb question! So, whether you want to get pregnant someday, or you ARE, here are some questions you’ll want the answers to. We got these from the researchers at Condé Nast Publications.
- “How long will it take to get pregnant once we start trying?” Dr. Mary Jane Minkin is an ob-gyn at the Yale University School of Medicine, and she says after one month, 15 to 20 percent of couples will get pregnant. By 6 months, that number goes up to 50% and by the end of the first year, 80% of couples are pregnant.
- “Should I lose weight first?” If you’re overweight – YES. It can raise your risk for high blood pressure and delivery complications. Being underweight is bad, too. So ask your doctor what your ideal weight should be if you plan on getting pregnant.
- “Will I harm my baby if I tan my belly?” Dr. Minkin says it won’t hurt your baby, but it’s bad for YOU. Pregnancy hormones increase sun sensitivity, so always slather on SPF 30 when you go outside. Not just on your belly, but every place your skin is exposed.
- “Not to be vain, but will my stretch marks go away?” Sorry, not completely. About one year after the birth, they’ll fade from bright red to silver, so you won’t notice them as much.