Post # 1
We’re at least a year, maybe two, from TTC. I’m 29, DH is 26. I’m interested to know what advice you all have for the year or so before TTC. Should I be trying to do things like charting, etc. to figure things out or is that something that should wait until we’re ready to TTC. How early did you all stop using BC? I know that being healthy, losing weight, etc., are all good things I could work on, but I’m curious what other things people did to prepare or wish they would have done to prepare, especially since I’m going to be in my thirties before we begin.
Post # 3
It doesn’t hurt to start taking prenatal vitamins.
Although we took the lackadaisical route at the beginning I can see now it does not hurt to start charting so you know when you ovulate. Or at the very least write down days you get your period so you know your average cycle length.
Post # 4
I have no advice, but want to see what others have to say because I am in the same 1 yr to 2 yrs boat.
Post # 5
I’d definitely recommend at least keeping track of how long your cycles are, that’ll be really helpful to figure out your ovulation date once you start actually TTC. I know that before we started TTC I kept track with a charting app on my iphone, super easy and it didn’t take much time.
I’d also start taking prenatals, it’s a good idea just to get your body “prepped.”
Also, reading “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” was a really insightful read for me and quite a few of the ladies on here. I’d highly recommend it!
Post # 6
@smores: My midwife had me start taking prenatal vitamins about a year out from TTC. She stated that someone who is a little older (I was 29 at the time) should really build up their folic acid and this was a great way to do it. It’s a vitamin so you can take it as long as you want to. It’s also good to track your cycles. You don’t need to temp, but knowing how long they are, on and off bc, will help you and your doctor. Eliminate as much stress from your life as possible, because it can effect fertility (this one is a toughie!) Have lots of sex. This is obvious when trying to get pregnant but before it as well. Studies have proven that woman with an active sex life actually have more regular cycles. Plus produces hormones which are the one’s you need to get pregnant. Might as well have them running through your body. If you’re douching (I don’t know who does this anymore) but if you are stop, it screws with the balance and can stop you from getting pregnant for a long period after while your body balances you back out.
Phew…I think that’s it lol
Post # 8
And oh schedule a preconception visit with your ob/gyn. That way they can make recommendations based on YOU. My OB was fine with me continuing to take my regular multivitamins during TTC as long as they had folic acid. They had 400 which was fine. Once I got BFP I switched to prenatal that had the recommended 800.
Post # 9
Ditto to what others have said – and go off hormonal BCP 3-6 months before TTC because your cycles can be wonky after going off the pill.
Post # 10
Just to add again, prenatal vitamin’s are always good to start! I actually talked to a pharmacist about the difference bwt. regular vitamins and prenatal and really the only difference is the folic acid so there is no reason not to start them!
Oh – and about the BCP, if you do go off it make sure you keep track of your cycles! I thought it took months to regulate too so hubby and I didn’t use back-up, and now I’m 31 wks preggers! (And super excited about, but just throwing it out there!!)