Preconception counseling will help you:
- prevent an unplanned pregnancy.
- take care of your diabetes before and during your pregnancy to give you the best chance of having a healthy baby and preventing complications.
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Having another baby might be the last thing on your mind right now. But getting pregnant too soon after giving birth can be risky. One recent large study found that becoming pregnant less than six months after giving birth increased the risk of preterm birth by 41 percent. And becoming pregnant 6 to 12 months after giving birth increased the risk of preterm birth by 14 percent. The study also found that getting pregnant between 12 and 18 months after giving birth posed no significant increase risk of preterm birth. A separate study had similar results, and also found that babies born to mothers who waited more than 59 months to become pregnant again had a 20 percent to 43 percent increased risk of health problems.
The take-home message is that planning your next pregnancy if you want more children or preventing a pregnancy if you don't is important. Spacing pregnancies at least 12 months apart will give your body time to fully recover. In the meantime, using reliable birth control is the best way to prevent pregnancy until you decide if and when to have another baby. Talk to your doctor about your birth control options. Keep in mind that breastfeeding alone isn't a foolproof way to prevent pregnancy, and some birth control methods should not be used by breastfeeding mothers.
This information is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.
When conception doesn’t happen as quickly as you would like, things can get pretty stressful, pretty fast. You start focusing solely on reproduction and may lose sight of your relationship as a couple. That’s normal.
If you’ve been trying to conceive for a year or more, though, you’ll find yourself dealing with even more obstacles to a healthy sex life. Not only has the pressure to get pregnant skyrocketed, but the fertility treatments you pursue can add a new wrinkle to an already difficult situation. Side effects like mood swings, bloating, and headaches can make women feel anything but in the mood.
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Unfortunately, many women are so focused on the ultimate ending -- a baby -- that they’re content to let the opportunity for an orgasm to pass them by. But there’s no reason why procreation can’t be pleasurable for both parties. Experiment with lubrication to also help increase the odds of experiencing orgasm and possibly conceiving. You can also try these tricks:
• Take the focus off conception, which can distract her from the sexy sensations that might otherwise take her over the edge.
• Help her relax. Scientific evidence shows that the key to getting a woman turned on and to the heights of orgasmic bliss is to help her achieve a deep sense of relaxation and a lack of anxiety. Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands scanned the brains of 13 women and 11 men while they were manually stimulated to orgasm by their partners. The scans showed that, for women, the parts of the brain responsible for processing fear, anxiety, and emotion slowed down the more aroused they became, producing a trance-like state at orgasm. Men showed far less change in these areas of the brain. According to the researchers, what this means is that letting go of fear and anxiety could be important -- even necessary -- for a woman to have an orgasm. Again, if you want your partner to get turned on, you have to help her turn off her brain. That means leaving your worries outside the bedroom, which can be challenging -- but not impossible -- for couples trying to conceive.
• Really dedicate time to foreplay. It will up your desire and arousal, helping pave the way to orgasm once intercourse is underway.
• Buy a vibrator and add it to your sex play, either before or after ejaculation. You might even consider one that straps over the woman’s clitoris during intercourse.
• Manually stimulate her and choose positions that stimulate her clitoris during intercourse, like woman-on-top.