From a purely evolutionary perspective, you'd think that your body would make it fairly easy to get pregnant and keep the developing fetus safe and sound for forty weeks. After all, that's what ensures that the species and gene pools continue. But not so. About 15 percent of couples have trouble conceiving, increasing with age, and it can be a slippery slope even after conception occurs: About one-third of all conceptions fail. That figure includes ones in which women don't even know they're
So pregnancy may be even more of a miracle than you think. If you're experiencing fertility problems, there are several things you can do to increase your odds. First, it's important to gain a little perspective about the things that are preventing your body from being able to conceive or to carry a child to term.
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Excerpted from YOU: Having a Baby: The Owner's Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz. Copyright (c) 2009, 2009 by Michael F. Roizen, M.D., and Oz Works LLC. Excerpted with permission by Free Press, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.