- 4 weeks ago
- Wedding: August 2021
I have 70 lbs (well, had 70 lbs to lose I’m down 25!) to lose before starting TTC so I started losing weight in January 2017 with the intention of TTC in August 2018. I’m also doing some light reading on fertility (currently reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility as recommended by so many lovely ladies here) and pregnancy.
I’m planning to start taking pre-natal vitamins 3 months before we start TTC.
I don’t smoke and I very rarely drink anyway but I won’t stop drinking completely until I get a positive pregnancy test result.
I feel like my prep for TTC is a long slow drawn out one. We aren’t even close to being ready, but I’m on medication that needs to be sorted out. So im taking the time to speak to doctors, find out what I need to know/do, switch medications when the time is right, read books (like tcofyf), and starting to chart. This means it’ll be about a year or so but like I said, it’s mostly just a slow time to learn. I want to have about six months of charting under my belt so I have a good idea of what my body is doing (and a heads up in case it’s not doing what to supposed to) and then I’ll probably start prenatals about three months beforehand.
I started prenatals – didn’t stop drinking or eating differently. Didn’t chart – seemed to stressful. Pregnant 3 months later.
I started prenatals when I stopped birth control.
Not to highjack, but can I ask what you all mean by charting? I follow when I’m ovulating with an app, and judging from the way my body feels, it seems to be accurate. Is that fine for TTC? Or does charting add a greater amount of accuracy/success over and above that?
duchessgummybunns : period tracking apps aren’t very accurate when predicting your ovulation or fertile times. It just makes guesses based on your cycle length and the “average” women’s luteral period length (14days).
The only way to know for sure if you are ovulating (without a doctor confirmation) is to chart your basal body temperature at a consistent time every morning when you first wake up. There should be a temperature shift of about 0.5F once you ovulate. There are other signs that can help you guess when you will ovulate or improve accuracy in case your temperature shift isn’t as obvious. These things include cervical mucus, opks, cervix position, etc and can all be tracked as well to paint a fuller picture of what your body is doing.
If you use a good tracker (like fertility friend, it has a lot of research that goes into making it accurate, recommend checking it out), it will examine all of the data you put in and tell you when you ovulated. Once you have severa cycles it will look for patterns and predict when you will ovulate to help you optimize when you bd. If you are just basing this on what a basic period tracker, you may be completely missing your fertile times.
danakxox : I started drinking green smoothies almost daily last May (didn’t want to take the prenatals, I have my reservations about them) and got a checkup I think in August to give me the okay in case there was something weird about me. Then he got a month to “prepare”, then his mom got open heart surgery… I’d have gotten us going sooner but ultimately it was October sometime. Drinking/smoking were never an issue for me and we try to kinda sorta eat healthy anyway. Sorta.
ETA: I don’t think there’s a good reason to obsess over charting if you haven’t even begun trying. It’s just added stress, especially if it doesn’t work out. I did use a period tracker because I’m irregular – it really clued me in to my body sensations though I never had a consistent period, so I had a general idea when to give it a go. Based on the data, I should be due mid July but I’m not due until August, which means the intentional trying didn’t do the trick (unless they’re wrong), it was the fooling around that got us covered. First times trying – just enjoy life a bit, don’t nitpick at it until you go insane (IMO, obviously)
I started charting/temping and taking prenatals 4 months before trying, as soon as I stopped taking the pill (used condoms for those few months). My husband cut down on caffeine and also took male conception vitamins. I didn’t alter my drinking or eating at all. I was very lucky to get pregnant the second month trying.