Once you and your partner have made the big decision to start expanding your family, whether in the next few months or years, thinking about how to prepare can be a little overwhelming. Don't worry! Some simple steps and an optimistic attitude can help pave the way for a healthy pregnancy.

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Once you and your partner have made the big decision to start expanding your family, whether in the next few months or years, thinking about how to prepare can be a little overwhelming. Don't worry! Some simple steps and an optimistic attitude can help pave the way for a healthy pregnancy.


Rosie Pope, co-founder of Rosie Pope Maternity and MomPrep, is expecting her third child this May, her first girl. The Bravo "Pregnant in Heels" star has plenty of helpful tips for women who are trying to conceive or may start trying soon.


1. Take prenatal vitamins before you're pregnant: It's important to take prenatal vitamins if planning to get pregnant in the next few months or even in the next few years. "Most women don't start taking them until they become pregnant, at which point a lot of the benefits from nutrients, such as folic acid, won't be as effective," says Rosie. "If you're even thinking about having a baby, talk to your doctor so you can start taking prenatal vitamins before you even start trying to have a baby."


2. Know your cycle: Understanding your body and its cycle can help you have more control in the baby-making process and eliminate some of the frustration many women experience when they don't get pregnant as quickly as they thought they would. A recent poll conducted by Clearblue and ModernMom.com showed that one in four women surveyed don't know when they're ovulating, which means they may be trying to get pregnant during the wrong days of their cycles.


3. Take an accurate and easy-to-use test: The Clearblue and ModernMom.com poll also found that four out of five women surveyed say "accuracy" is the most important factor when selecting a pregnancy test. Make sure to do your research before buying.


4. Call your doctor: Once you receive a positive result on a home pregnancy test, call your doctor and schedule a visit. This is important because your doctor can give you a full exam, confirm the pregnancy, and help you understand what to expect in the first few months as your body changes and your baby grows. You probably will have lots of questions so be sure to write them down and bring them to the appointment. Going through this process can help ensure you don't forget anything you want to discuss.


- ARA


Family Movie Night


“The Adventures of Tintin,” now on DVD


Rated: PG


Length: 107 minutes


Synopsis: Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor.


Violence/scary rating: 3


Sexual-content rating: 1


Profanity rating: 2


Drugs/alcohol rating: 2.5


Family Time rating: 2.5. This was one of the best family films of 2011, and now you can watch it on DVD.


(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)


Book Report


“The Hunger Games,” by Suzanne Collins


Ages: Young adult


Pages: 384


Synopsis: Before you see the movie, read – or reread – the exciting novel. This is the first book in the trilogy, and it details Katniss’ ordeal to survive a brutal game to the death - the Hunger Games – in a dystopian society.


Did You Know


According to a recent report by the surgeon general, more than 3.6 million U.S. children and teens smoke.


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