Ready for a Baby? Here's How to Get Pregnant in 2013!

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Patty Onderko on Jan 18, 2013 at 5:07PM

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Get to Your Healthy Weight

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a Patty Onderko on Jan 20, 2012 at 10:35AM

It may seem pointless to slim down right before you're about to about to pack on some pregnancy pounds. But a woman who is at a healthy weight before pregnancy is less likely to have serious complications -- such as high blood pressure or diabetes -- during pregnancy, says Elizabeth Lynch, a spokesperson for the March of Dimes. And her baby is less likely to be born prematurely, have birth defects, or face childhood obesity. Schedule a preconception visit with your gynecologist and talk about the best ways to achieve a healthy Body Mass Index between 18.5 and 24.9 (calculate your current BMI here.)  

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