Get ready for nine months of the most serious shopping you'll ever do. To save on layette costs, sign up at a warehouse club, such as Costco or Sam's Club. They sell brand-name baby clothes at low prices.
The days when pregnancy was considered a delicate condition in which you take to your bed are over. Now exercise is considered both safe and smart. Studies indicate that women in good physical shape have easier labors, a reduced risk of cesarean section, and a faster recovery.
Even if you've planned and anticipated pregnancy for some time, you and your partner may feel sudden self-doubt when you suspect that the pregnancy is real ("Will we be good parents? Can we afford it?"). Remind each other that conflicting emotions surrounding pregnancy are normal--and that you needn't feel grateful and glowing all the time.
Are you incubating a creative type? If you already have a few children, you might be. When it comes to birth order, the youngest sibling is often creative, since he has so much time to himself. And he often has fewer responsibilities than his siblings because others always lend him a hand. The youngest are often fun-loving, affectionate, and outgoing.
While twins remain a common bonus of fertility treatments, higher-order multiples more likely will be a rare gift from Mother Nature. That's because the latest in-vitro technology allows doctors to better target the fertilized eggs with the best chance of viability, and they needn't implant multiple eggs to up the odds.