Post # 1
My FI and I are getting married in June. I turn 30 a week before our wedding. We are planning on starting ttc on our honeymoon in October in Europe.
What is the one piece of advice you would offer (besides coming off bc)? Good books? Websites? Or just plain ol advice!
Post # 3
Maybe I did a little overkill, but I used OPKs right from the beginning. I wanted to know I was hitting that window. The support from the ladies here is AMAZING.
Post # 4
Use Fertility Friend to chart and for any information you want, it’s so helpful. Also, try your best not to symptom spot.
The one thing that has helped me the most, but I know it’s so hard, is to not test until AF is late.
Post # 5
@IUrebekah3RT: Congratulations! Folic acid and prenatal vitamins 🙂
Post # 6
@IUrebekah3RT: chart your cycles! there’s no way DH and i would known when my fertile window is without charting. as a PP mentioned, sign up with fertility friend. all you have to do is input your stats each day (i only take my temp so that’s all i input) and it will make the chart for you.
Post # 7
@IUrebekah3RT: I would try and have fun with it to start. Don’t do any of the charting or OPKs or any of that type of stuff unless you can’t get pregnant for like 6+ months.
Also, women have been getting pregnant and having babies for thousands of years, so I wouldn’t get too fixated on whatever latest fad there is or get too hung up on what is ok to eat and what’s bad to eat. It seems like everything is considered bad these days.
Post # 8
Read Taking Charge of Your Fertility. I strongly suggest temping right away, so you know if you are actually ovulating. Wondfo brand (found on amazon) OPK’s are the cheapest 🙂 Good luck!!!
Post # 9
Definetly start on Prenatals for the folic acid.
Post # 10
also, it’s pointless to chart until you’re off BC since it controls your hormones. once you’ve taken your last pill, you can start recording your temp. good luck! if you decide to start charting, come join us on the charters of the hive thread. everyone there is really supportive!
Post # 11
I second OPKs, charting and temping! Also, BDing everyday (or every other day) during your fertile window and a few days on either side (maybe 10 days total) really helped make me feel like even if I messed up temping or missed a positive OPK, the month wasn’t a wash. It took me 2 months temping to figure out when I ovulated (I have a long cycle), then the 3rd month we BDed for 10 days straight during the fertile window and I was pregnant. DH wasn’t complaining either! Good luck!
Post # 12
Prenatals and do whatever works for you to kinda “know” when your most fertile time is. I used an app on my phone where I plugged in AF arrival date and length of my cycle and it gave me a fertile period… it must have worked b/c we got pregnant on our first try. Good luck.. and most of all have fun!!
Post # 13
I second Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Fertility Friend has a really useful online charting course to teach you the basics, but this book goes into way more detail for truly understanding your cycle. I’m also planning on using Fertiliy Friend to chart for a few months before we start TTC so that I know what’s normal for me – that way, hopefully, I can avoid some of the symptom spotting because I’ll know what’s normal and what’s out of the ordinary once we’re trying.
Post # 14
Start with a check up, just to make sure that your are healthy, such as cholesterol and so on, i would recommend your DH gets this done, then start on your prenatals and start temping to track your O time. Try to have fun and try not to symptom spot (although that one is hard not to do even for me). GL
Post # 16
The ladies here already covered a lot of good advice so I’m trying not to repeat any.
I would consider talking to your GP/OBGYN about a preconception appointment. That way, they can make sure your health is in tip-top shape and make sure you are up-to-date on all your vaccines. I was missing a few that I was able to get before TTC (that I couldn’t otherwise getting during PG). They will also help figure out if you are deficient in any vitamins or minerals which is helpful because some prenatals only cover the main stuff, like folic acid and iron, but don’t have the full gamut of vitamins and minerals. It’s also nice to get advice and assurance about the TTC process from them.
Even if you are not temping and charting, I would still track AF with one of the highly recommended apps. I was tracking AF for 2+ years (just for convenience) and they provided me with a general window and estimated O time. This is great for doctor’s appointments, calculating possible EDD, and general peace of mind.