Preparing for Pregnancy
A general timeline of what's best to do before you conceive.
Stop smoking -- and get your partner to stop, too. New research shows that children who were exposed to smoke in the womb (either from Mom or from secondhand smoke) are more likely to be colicky as infants, overactive as toddlers, and prone to ADHD and aggressive behavior as kids. And smoking while pregnant doubles the risk of ectopic pregnancy and of having a low-birth-weight baby.
When: 8 to 10 months before conception to give yourself enough time to kick the habit -- or as soon as possible