New here, maybe ttc, questions!!

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
3360 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@Iamashyusername:  Welcome!

Folic acid – it’s actually a good idea for ANY women of childbearing age to be taking folic acid.  You want to be taking it before you get pregnant, as those first few weeks (even before you know you’re pregnant) are vital for spinal cord development.  Most women’s multis actually have 400mg of folic acid in them – which is sufficient.  Prenatal vitamins usually have 800mg.  If you’re taking a multivitamin, I’d check the ingredients before adding on a separate folic acid supplement (you may already be getting enough).

Doctor’s visit – not strictly necessary, but a good idea if you have questions or have any health issues/conditions that need to be under control before TTC.  Do you take medications?  That’s something to check with your Dr (to find out if they’re safe for pregnancy).  You could also talk to them about when to go off the pill – most recommendations are 3 months before you plan to try.  I went with 6, because I wanted to chart and have time for my cycles to regulate after 9 years on the pill 😉

Can’t comment on the nursery, but I’m sure someone else can give some perspective.

Good luck!

Post # 4
1817 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

In regards to your folic acid, I’d see if you could get a prescription for prenatals. If they start to make you a little sick then start taking them at night so you go to sleep after you take them. When I told my OB that DH and I were considering trying to conceive she told me that it would be ideal to be on prenatals for AT LEAST 3 months before actively trying.

Post # 5
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Iamashyusername:  Welcome! And, for the record, I am a 25 year old pregnant woman who has never changed a diaper in her life. And I only have 6 months to figure it out, lol.

First, if you know you are wanting to try in a year I might skip the folic acid and go straight to prenatals. It will help you get in a rhythm of taking them and give you everything you need. Or, until it gets closer to TTC, I would suggest a multivitamin rather than just folic acid. Folic (or foltate) acid is very important but isn’t the only thing your body needs.

Second, see your doctor if you have any underlying health concerns or medical history concerns. For instance, I never saw a doc except at my annual exam, and I asked about my mother’s history of endometriosis and miscarriages. Because my paps have all been regular she suggested that I try for 6+ months and if I am unsuccessful I can consult a doctor further about fertility.

Regarding the nursery…I don’t know about extended time. I assume after that it would be super hard for the baby to “separate” from the both of you, but I am just assuming. A lot of people keep the baby with them for the first 3-6 months becuase of SIDS and some keep them in the same room for up to a year. I haven’t heard beyond that, but I wouldn’t see an issue with it except for separation anxiety as the child starts to understand that you are no longer in the same room.

Post # 7
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Iamashyusername:  Ohh ok thanks for clarifying. I don’t see why that would be a problem because he/she should be in a crib for a while (I honestly don’t knoe what age they move on from that), but once they do it might be hard, but it is manageable I would think.

Post # 8
728 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013


Supplements – My doctor told me to start taking prenatal supplements 3-5 month before ttc. I went with 5 months because I wanted to try a few different types. The first ones I tried made me extremely nauseous and I had very fishy tasting burps. I even tried taking them at night and the nausea would wake me up. I switch to One-A-Day Prenatals and they don’t make me sick at all!

Dr. Visit – I am only 24, so my preconception visit was pretty minimal. My doctor answered any questions I had, but mostly just told me to relax and have fun. This was an OBGYN that I was seeing due to an issue with BV I was having at the time. If I hadn’t had those issues, I would have just gone in and talked to a primary care physician and then looked for an OBGYN once I was actually pregnant. 

Nursery – I don’t have any experience with living space for a baby

Post # 10
2311 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Good idea on the folic acid. I have been taking it since I was 15 and now I am 32!!! The only thing I did differently is dbl the dose now. I was taking less than avg because I relied on my diet to fulfill the missing part. 

Now I take dbl the dosage I used to take (10mg to 20mg) and still getting the rest out of my diet to hold me over 25mg easily every day.

I also would like to stress on the quality of the nutrition you will put inside you. Working out also won’t hurt. 

I did not see the doc before TTCing. When I saw my doc abt 1.5 yrs ago for a routine check up, she happened to suggest that I SHOULD have babies sooner than ltr. At that same time we did all kinds of testing to check my reproductive organs are in check. She did not ask me to come again before TTC. Nor did I ask.

I also do not take BC so I didn’t feel the need to see my doc in ref to that.

You don’t have to start emptying out you aptmnt now. Even when you have the baby, the baby won’t be able to do anything or go anywhere for a WHILE until they can crawl. 


Post # 12
1847 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Iamashyusername:  Haha, ohh I feel bad for you but this did make me chuckle! Glad you actually got one down – I’ve seen Bees talk about gummy prenatals, but I can’t remember any specific brands – maybe someone can recommend one! Good luck!

Post # 14
600 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Narrawallee reserve/beach & Mollymook golf club

@Iamashyusername:  I took folic acid for a month or so beforehand and my little man has developed perfectly to date. He’s slowed his growth a little lately but that’s unrelated to the folic acid.
I had a dr appointment beforehand because my cycles had been really off (3 months, 1 month, 5 months…). If it hadn’t been for that I would’ve waited for a BFP before my 1st dr appointment which would have been the blood test to confirm pregnancy.
 We have a lot of hobby stuff as well – my guitars have been moved in to our bedroom, a lot of things have gone to the op-shop, and most of Andy’s hobby stuff is kept in the lounge room. You’ll find space if you need to.

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