Getting off Birth Control- Scary!

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I started taking a prenatal vitamin 5 months before TTC to make sure I was getting everything I needed in that department. My friend’s doctor told her recently that she should start taking them 3 months prior to TTC. 

Personally, I also wanted to make sure I was in decent shape prior to getting pregnant. Nothing too crazy, just general exercise, keeping myself moving. Now that I’m preparing to TTC#2 in February, I’m working on slowly losing the pregnancy weight and getting in shape once again. I figure it makes pregnancy easier on my body. 🙂

ETA: Congrats on your recent marriage and good luck in TTC! 🙂

Post # 4
Hostess
9831 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

Folic Acid seems to be the #1 recommended vitamin/supplement for people thinking about TTC. 

Post # 5
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587 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I just went off BC at the beginning of October and had my annual that week. My doctor told me to start taking folic acid – she said she could either prescribe it or I could get a bottle of the flinstones gummies and take those. The pills she gave me as a sample were seriously horse pills. So if you don’t have the stomach for big pills, definitely go with the flinstones gummies! Much more enjoyable 🙂 

Post # 6
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92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

MrsPierce2014:  I don’t have any advice but just wanted to say hi to wedding date twin! We’re also going to TTC and I took my last BCP the night before the wedding. Good luck to us!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

I also recommend taking prenatal vitamins several months before you start TTC.  It takes a while for the folic acid levels to build up in your body.  And often by the time you find out you’re pregnant, the baby has already developed past the point where folic acid was most needed.  I also advocate eating healthy and exercising regularly.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I would make an appointment for a general physical and make sure they do a blood test to check your immunities.  I found out AFTER I was pregnant that I am no longer immune to German Measles, (despite having been vaccinated).  The vaccine carries a high risk of miscarriage/birth defects, so it cannot be given once you are pregnant.  You would want to get vaccinated and wait at least four weeks before TTC (from what my doctor told me) if you are not immune, so that would be something to do sooner rather than later.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I second the PPs on prenatal vitamins and just overall healthy living in general. I went off the pill in May after having been on it for about the same amount of time as you. I know you didn’t ask this, but I also wanted to let you know that it is very common to experience side effects and pregnancy symptoms as a result of stopping the pill. My face got oily, I felt very bloated, I was extremely emotional (hello, mood swings!) and I occasionally had bouts of nausea. All of this made me think I might be pregnant in the first month, so I just wanted to forewarn you that you may have an adjustment period after stopping the pill. Not trying to scare you, just prepare you! We are resuming TTC in January (stopped for a while- don’t want to veer off topic and hijack your thread so you can look at my past posts for the reason) and all of my crazy symptoms are gone- I’m relieved that I don’t have to decipher side effects from pregnancy symptoms once we try! Good luck!

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