Post # 1
I am going to be nearly 37 when we begin TTC in a year.. I’d like to know what I should do now to prepare for the year ahead?
Also, I lean toward a holistic lifestyle, so if you have that sort of advice, that’d be great too!
Post # 3
Start taking prenatal vitamins, get up to date on your shots, and don’t be shy asking your doctor about any concerns that you might have. Also, learning about charting and starting to do it might not be a bad idea. This way, you get a good idea about your cycles.
Post # 4
I’m over 35 also we have been Ttc for 9mths. My advice would be to stop taking BCP (if you take them) ASAP. I wished I had stopped a few mths sooner. Some people have no problem conceiving right off the pill whereas others take mths to re-regulate. I agree you should definitely start taking pre-natals or frolic acid. You may want to schedule a pre-Ttc appt with your dr. I also keep track of my cycle and temp on FF. I’m so glad I did b/c it has given me great info and I can share it with my dr. Other than that try to eat healthy. Relax. And keep checking in on these threads. The women here are so supportive and knowledgeable. My only regret is that I didn’t find this site sooner!! Best of luck!!!
Post # 5
I agree with all of the above – especially going off the pill ASAP. I wish I went off earlier and started temping, sooner.
Post # 6
I’m just curious to know if there a reason you want to wait a year? I’m sure you know this already, but it does get a little harder as you get older so maybe just mentally prepare yourself that it might not happen right away. There are some great books out there about preparing yourself and your body for pregnancy. Mainly, I’d just encourage you to eat healthy, exercise, and start paying attention to your cycle (if you don’t already) so you know when you ovulate, etc… If you have any weight to lose, now would be a good time to work on that because the experts say it’s easier to conceive when you’re in the “ideal” weight range for your body. And like frcklface said, read these boards because you’ll learn SO much.
Post # 7
@cafegirl: We’re waiting a year b/c DH will be the stay-at-home and I will be the worker bee, so we want to get enough cushion saved while he is working.
I have an IUD and wonder if I should take it out in the fall, to give myself 6 months to re-adjust. I have no stable cycles and haven’t for the 4 years I’ve been on Mirena. It’d be impossible to try to track it.
I definitely will be seeking an OB/GYN soon (as I’ve just gone to a primary for years) and discuss the best routes with vitamins, IUD removal and such.
Thanks for the advice! I love this place… it helped me through our wedding and will continue to be a support. Thanks!
Post # 8
Definitely remove your IUD and use other methods. Start w/ prenatals, fish oil, Vitamin C, Cal/Mag/Vit D, and liver cleansing herbs. Maca root and Vitex are great to help with hormonal balancing. I would also look into community acupuncture for fertility. Keeps you relaxed as well as helps w/ blood flow to your uterus. Make sure to exercise. Try to eat organic and get rid of the tupperware. Cut back on alcohol. Also make sure DH is on a daily, men need Zinc, fish oil and Cal/Mag/Vit D.
Although we are doing IVF this summer, I’m doing everything possible to be ready. BTW all my vitals are in normal range thanks to lifestyle changes and great genetics. Just turned .
Post # 9
@VagabondGurl: That makes sense! I was worried I came across as judgy and just wanted you to know I’m not, but was just curious since it is generally a little harder with age. I’m 34 and we’ve been TTC since January. It sounds like you’re working on a really good plan to get yourself ready! I’ve never had an IUD, but I agree with Squeak35. A friend of mine had one removed and started TTC and proceeded to have 3 miscarriages in a row–she said the IUD thins the lining of the uterus so it can’t support a baby. If that’s the case, it would definately be good to get it out and start working and building ithe lining back up so it’ll be ready for a baby in a year! (I don’t know for sure if that’s true about IUD’s, but my friend is pretty knowledgable so I believe her on that).
But, yes, this is a pretty great place! Honestly, I love the TTC board even more than the wedding boards. It’s a smaller group and easier to feel connected.
Post # 10
I agree with getting the IUD out so you can start tracking your cycle with no influence on it. I would suggest some way to start learning your cycle/when you ovulate – you can do it by ovulation sticks, or the temp method, but get to know it so when you start trying you can up your chance! and def. start prenatals, get as healthy as possible, see your OB now for any other advice or testing they might want to do…and good luck!
Post # 11
@cafegirl: I’m 34 too and have also been TTC since Jan. Just started my TWW. Best of luck to you!
Post # 12
I agree with having the IUD removed and allowing your body some time to get back to normal cycles. This can take longer than you’d think and you want time to get all the false hormones out of your body, or at least that’s how I felt. I also found tracking my periods was also very helpful in determining that I was, in fact, regular and knowing what my fertile window was. I also recommend the pre-natals and I’d suggest some exercise too if you’re not already a regular exerciser. I really believe it does a lot for your body.
As far as the age factor goes, we were married when I was 37 1/2 and started TTC right away. Within 2 calendar months (3 cycles) we had our BFP and I am just about to begin my 3rd trimester. We were prepared for a long haul and shocked that it happened so quickly. We feel incredibly blessed and I hope you have the same good fortune!