woman pregnancy testYou want to have children some day, but what can you do now to improve the odds that you'll be able to conceive when you're ready to start a family? First, some good news: infertility in the U.S. is on the decline. According to the Centers for Disease Control, only about one-in-ten women report difficulty getting pregnant or carrying the baby full term. The chances of infertility do increase as you age, but there are things that you can do to put yourself on the road to motherhood:

Eat Right – What's good for your heart is also good for your eggs. Studies have shown that women who ate more healthy unsaturated fats were less likely to experience infertility due to ovulation problems than those whose diets included more unhealthy fats.

Breast Self-Exam

Eating better. Exercising regularly. Getting adequate sleep. These are healthy habits that can help you live a better life. And there's one more healthy habit for every woman – the monthly breast self-exam.

Studies show that 40 percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so doing a monthly breast self-exam is very important. It takes just 5 minutes and it's easy to do. Here are several methods recommended by the National Breast Cancer Foundation:

birth-controlThis is Women's History Month and a good time to look at the history of contraception. You may think that birth control began with the “Sexual Revolution” of the 1960s, but contraception has been a part of life for thousands of years, and includes many innovations that have occurred in the last decade. Here's a timeline of some of the milestones of contraception:

3000 B.C. – Condoms are made from materials such as fish bladders, linen sheaths, and animal intestines.

pregnant woman eating rightSo you're pregnant and ready to start “eating for two,” but how much should you eat, and what are the best foods for you and your baby?

In many ways, pregnancy is no different from any other time of life, because healthy eating should always be your goal. Unlike the days of your mother or grandmother, being pregnant is no longer a green light to gorge yourself. "Eating for two" doesn't mean eating twice as much. It means that what you eat is the main source of nutrients for you and your baby, and sensible, balanced meals will be best for both of you.

uterine problems smAn abnormality of the uterus can make it more difficult for you to carry your baby for the full nine months of pregnancy. Some abnormalities require extra monitoring during pregnancy to give you the best chance of having a baby. These problems can be congenital – one that you were born with – or an acquired abnormality that has developed in the uterus.

The uterus is a hollow muscular organ shaped like an upside-down pear, and about 3 in 100 women are born with an abnormality in the size, shape or structure of the uterus. A common congenital abnormality isseptate uterus, which occurs when your uterus is separated into two parts by a band of muscle or tissue that did not fuse together during development before birth.

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