New to this stuff…

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 4
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

My doctor advised (especially if you’re young and healthy) to just have a bunch of sex and have fun with it for the first few months!

Though it helps to be familiar with your cycle, so you have a general idea of when you ovulate and when you should test!

Post # 5
1734 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

How long’s your usual cycle?

Generally, you’ll ovulate around the middle of that (usually day 14). Invest in some ovulation prediction tests if you want a better idea of when you ovulate. I buy mine on Ebay in packs of 50 to 100, and usually don’t pay more than $10 for each of them. If your cycle’s 28 daysish, you may or may not ovulate on calendar day 14. In that case, most test kits will want you to start testing daily from around calendar day 11, and to continue testing daily until you get a positive.

Once you get a positive, you’ll usually ovulate within 1 – 2 days. Generally, women can ovulate anywhere from calendar day 9 to calendar day 22 or so (exceptions include people with very long cycles).

Your most fertile days are the *3* days before ovulation, day of ovulation, and possibly the day after ovulation.


Limit any drugs, alcohol, caffeine now. Start taking a prenatal vitamin (they’re all more or less the same thing).

The days after you ovulate, but before you start your period, is the “luteal phase.” This should be at least 10 days. If after a few cycles, you notice it’s consistently under 10, talk to your doctor. It could also be the temporary result of coming off of birth control. In my case, taking 100 mg B6 every day solved that problem for me, but you should still see your doctor first before you start treating it.


But, really, OP? As long as you baby dance every other day throughout your cycle, odds are pretty good that you’re doing fine to conceive.

Keep in mind that this can be a long road, however. I am in my 7th cycle and I’ve still not seen a positive.


Post # 6
3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@countrylove914:  There is a sticky on the TTC specific boards. It’s called something like “TTC: What to Expect”  I’d suggest starting there because it’s got a lot of great information on it!

And good luck!

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

@Mrs.LemonDrop:  +1 That sticky thread was so helpful.

Good luck and the biggest thing to remember is: relax and have fun!

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