Post # 1
I had my pre-conception doctor’s appointment! I’m so excited. She suggested that we wait for three months after the pill to start trying. We also live in CA where there is an epidemic of whooping cough so she urged me and my FI to get the vaccination against it before we start TTC after the honeymoon! So, all you ladies TTC in CA be sure to ask your ob/gyn about whooping cough vaccine…
Post # 3
Exciting!! Did she say why you should wait 3 months after getting off the pill? I keep hearing conflicting info on this. Good luck!
Post # 4
That is also strange to me because my OB/GYN said that you do not have to wait to start trying. Allthough your cycles may take anywhere from a month to possibly a year to go back to normal, which will of course make it difficult to conceive.
Post # 5
How exciting! I am going to call this afternoon for my RX for prenatals! My Dr advises taking them for a couple months before TTC! Good Luck!
Post # 6
I’m so fascinated with the conflicting times our doctors tell us to start trying after the pill. Mine wanted me to wait two full cycles, but I know so many women whose doctors say three, and some who say none at all.
I’m going to be following my doctor’s orders, but more because of scheduling than anything else. Though can I just say, I am SO not looking forward to my old cramps. Blegh.
Post # 7
Thanks for reminding me that I need to make this appointment. We’re trying again on our Honeymoon. And I can’t wait. I wanted to start this month!
Post # 8
Mine told me that my best chances (I have PCOS) are in the first 1-3 months after I go off the pill. I was shocked when she said that as I’ve always heard that you’re supposed to wait.
Post # 9
Congrats on your appt! Great advice.
I think some of the discrepency may be related to our definitions of trying. Right after I stopped the pill, I thought we were trying…if you’re not taking precautions to prevent pregnancy, then it’s trying right ? My doctor considered it more not avoiding pregnancy than trying because it takes some time for your birth control to work its way out of your system and for your cycle to regulate in a way that is measureable and meaningful to your doctor. Her “trying” clock started for me when she could calc a likely ovulation date for me. Some doctors may just encourage people to wait a few months after they get off the pill to start “trying” so they don’t have patients with expectations of pregnancy before their body is really open for business, especially since everyone is different.
Post # 10
Ideally, you should try to take a prenatal vitamin for 3 months before getting pregnant. It is entirely possible that stopping the pill after long term will cause your cycle to be inconsistent for up to 3 months, which can make getting pregnant difficult (though not impossible – some women get pregnant immediately). You might also want to consider getting your thyroid levels checked, since hypothyroidism during the first trimester can affect your child’s IQ. Also, there is a new vaccine that combines the whooping cough with the tetanus vaccine (which you should normally get every 10 years) which you might want to consider. Also, if you never had the chicken pox, you might want to consider the chicken pox vaccine, since chicken pox during pregnancy is very bad for the baby. Best of luck to you!