Does Being Pregnant Help You Quit

I meant to do better! Researchers from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reporting in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the September 2011 issue have found that women planning pregnancy mean to change their poor health habits when trying to be pregnant; but the good intentions of quitting alcohol and stopping smoking before conceiving just don’t get done. And neither did the women in their study who were trying to get pregnant cut back on caffeine consumption while they were trying to conceive. This study didn’t report other health behaviors that impact pregnancy health, but we might extrapolate that this behavior applies fairly universally. The message is that we need new strategies to buckle down and make positive changes when trying to conceive. If you have a strategy that worked very well for you, let us know!


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