Post # 1
Bit of a random question / concern. I came off BC about 6 months ago but didnt officially starting TTC until 2 months after that. Orginally my cycles went straight back to 28 days (which is what they were pre BC). However after two 28 day cycles all of a sudden my cycles went up to 32-34 days.
As i was charting i noticed my O date never changed (always CD 14), but the length of my luteal phase was changing. It changed from 14 days to 18 days. After a lot of research there’s a ton of info out there on shrt LP’s but none on long LP’s.
Around the time my LP lengthend 2 different things had happened to me
1) I started taking Pre-Natal vitamins
2) i put on around 10 lbs over a couple of months.
I know sometimes it takes a while for cycles to regulate after BC so i just put it down to that.
So after 3 cycles of 18 day LP’s (and me starting to freak out because everwhere i read this is not normal) i did 2 things. I stopped taking the prenatals and i also lost the weight, and wam bam by cycles have gone back to 28 days.
So my question is (and sorry it took me a while to get to the point!) – do you think its the pre-natals or the weight gain /loss that effected my cycles?
Post # 3
I would think it would be your weight gain/loss that had more of an impact on your cycles than the prenatals. My prenatals are literally identical to the multivitamin that I used to take (the only difference is more folic acid in the prenatal) and I’m like you- 28 day cycles all the time. I switched from the multi to the prenatal and noticed zero difference.
There’s a lot of information out there about your weight and how it affects your fertility- I don’t know how tall/short you are, but I’m 5’4 and 10 lbs would be a LOT of weight on me. I can’t imagine how that wouldn’t totally affect every function of my body if I gained 10 lbs.
You could always try taking a different prenatal, but for now, I would just take a multivitamin until you’re pregnant. My doctor told me that because the extra folic acid aids in fetal development, until you’re actually pregnant it’s better to just take the multivitamin because most times the prenatals don’t have enough iron in them.
You can always get extra folic acid by adding in extra leafy greens- that’s what I do 🙂
Post # 4
@Miss Root: Thanks! That’s what i thought. I’m 5’8″ so a bit taller. 10lbs is still a lot though. Do you have any recommendations for a good multi-vitamin?
Post # 5
I takeuse take One A Day Women’s vitamins, although I have to take them after I eat or they make me feel sick :(. I’ve heard the adult gummy multis are good too.
Something I started doing is making green smoothies in the morning- one cup of milk, two big handfuls of fresh spinach, a banana and spoonful of peanut butter. Sometimes I toss some plain Greek yogurt in there as well. It helps me get in some fruits and veggies, because I never feel like I get enough in the day, and it’s really yummy! Plus, you get all that good folio acid in the spinach :).
Post # 6
Did your pre-natals contain higher amounts of vitamin B6 or any fertility herbs or evening primrose oil? Vitamin B6 is commonly used to lengthen the LP and EPO and some fertility herbs can have an effect on your cycles as well.
Theoretically your LP should be fairly stable however over the course of the twelve months immediately after I stopped taking the Pill mine did go from ten to twelve days.
Post # 7
For vitamins, I recommend the New Chapter Perfect Prenatal. They are organic food-based vitamins, have probiotics for easy digestion, and the daily dose is split into 3 pills to be both easier on the stomach and for better absorption of nutrients (some nutrients your body can only absorb so much of at once). Also there’s no artificial dyes.
You need to be taking prenatals BEFORE you’re pregnant, if you wait until you find out you’re pregnant, you can easily already be past the point where extra folic acid does the most good.
My OB/GYN told me to take prenatals at least 3 months before TTC, and that I could start on them immediately if I wanted (this was when I asked her what I needed to do if we wanted to TTC the next year).
If you’re worried about getting enough iron, you can take an extra iron pill.