How did you prepare before officially TTC?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I would put that book down until you’re actually pregnant, lol. That book would scare the hell out of me right now.

I started a prenatal vitamin (which you could start now or a few months before TTC), got my teeth checked (to make sure I didn’t need any dental work done since you really can’t have any done that I know of), and I made sure that DH and I were ready for the financial aspect of it (we bought a house in the spring).

You can never be truly ready I don’t think. We really didn’t think we were, and then all of a sudden we went from “yeah, we will start trying in late fall” to trying RIGHT NOW.We just felt ready and the time feels/felt right.

Some women get pregnant right off BC and some women don’t (I am on cycle 4 of trying). I suggest going off in Sept and then start charting at Fertility Friend. The reason being that if you guys start to try and you can’t get pregnant, you have a chart to go off of that will really help your doctor identify the issue. I haven’t utilized the Bees yet, but lots of Bees share their charts to gain information about their ovulation dates so they can conceive easier.

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@AlliMayWedding:  I talked to my doctor last year to just see what suggestions she had. All she said was, “Start taking prenatal vitamins a few months before, get off the pill three months before you plan to start trying…then go for it.” She didn’t tell me I had to do any screenings, tests, or anything else. So, I got off the pill in Feb, we waited a cycle, then started trying. This is cycle 4 for us. 

Like @megz06 said, STAY AWAY FROM THAT BOOK. I find all of that stuff just stresses me out. If you’re on the pill, start charting once you get off (Fertility Friend is great to use), that way you can watch your BBT and *hopefully* make it easier for you once you start. Good luck!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

If you don’t want to start ttc until late 2014, I would maybe suggest not going off the pill until 2014, maybe 4-6 months before you plan to start, to get your cycles regulated and do some charting. I don’t know why you’d need to get off the pill in Sept. of this year…seems a little soon to me. But if you’d be okay with an oops in the year leading up to when you were planning to start then that’s your choice. 🙂  I’m a planner too; we’ll start ttc in late 2014 as well and I don’t plan on going off my pill until like July-August of 2014.

As far as what to do before that time, I’d say go on some vacations, especially places you might not take little ones. We went to Vegas this summer, and I’d love to go back to Mexico next year for a little beach get-away. Other things are fixing up our house to make it cozy and ready for a family, making sure our meds and yearly appointments are all in order, try to be healthier and more active, and enjoy a few wild nights out with friends while we’re still young and childless! 😉

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Commenting to follow. I am also planning to TTC late 2014. I have been off BC for medical reasons for 2 years and I have regular periods (pretty much the same day each month). Do you think I should start charting now so I can be sure I O regularly?

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