Post # 1
Can anyone recommend any OTC Prenatal pills? And when buying them what should I look out for?
I have been going back and forth as to when to start TTC and I have finally decided that I want to start trying no later than January! (YAY)
So right now I am losing weight, (down 15lbs- hoping to lose at least another 10) and tracking my period. I have been off the pill since mid-march. But I feel like an idiot bc I have not been tracking my ovulation!
Below are the days I have gotten my period
April 2 – period
April 28 – period (exactly 28 days later – I am thinking BC was still in my system)
May 30 – period (33 days)
June 30 -period (32 days)
Aug 3 -period (34 days)
Aug 31-period (29 days)
I am not regular – it fluctuates and my period is heave for 2 days and then gets lighter by the 3rd day and is over in another 2. So I am thinking maybe the BC is still in my system?
I left a message for my OBGYN bc I do want to speak with her about my plans and I have to go back to see her anyway bc she wants me to get a full blood test done.
Post # 2
Those are all well within normal fluctuations of cycle length. MOST women don’t actually fit the 28 day cycle model. The BC is out of your system. I am in the middle of th e book “Taking Charge of your Fertility” which is highly recommended by many bees to help you under what is going on and even if you don’t actually chart and such, it makes things make sense. “Normal” couples take about 9 months of trying frequently so unless your provider has a specific reason to be concerned, theyes usually won’t do anything right away.
As for prenatals, one of the biggest things is the folic acid. I take nature made with dha (just from walmart) because ad far as I have been able to research, it covers the daily recommended doses. But it is better to try and get as much of the nutrients as possible from a varied and balanced diet because they are more readily absorbed by your body.
Post # 3
28-34 days is a pretty normal range. Your cycle isn’t necessarily going to be like clockwork. As long as you fit into a 20-40 day cycle, and your cycles don’t fluctuate more than 10 days or so (normally; if you have 1 or 2 freaky long or short cycles, that’s not a worry either), you’re probably fine.
I’m taking Nature Made Prenatal + DHA. I’ve seen a few other bees recommend it as well.
Post # 4
chasesgirl: I pray it doesn’t take 9 cycles. And I hope I don’t get stressed bc I tend to get nervous over a lot of things. <br /><br />
Thank you for the suggestion, I am going to look into the book!
Post # 5
UsagiTsukino: my SIL told me she had a 40 day cycle. She was telling me that it took her 10 months to conceive her first child, but then told me it was bc she didn’t know her body and then started tracking with the other 2 babies and she had no issues.
My main concern is me stressing because I worry I will end up like my mom even though my OBGYN told me that its not genetic (my mom had 7 ectopic pregnancies before she had me and 2 miscarriages before she had my sister)
Post # 6
I had to comment about the Nature Made prenatals. I don’t know if I’m maybe just the weird one, but I HATED them! They had an overwhelming smell/taste of yeast. So much that I was to the point of gagging every time I opened the bottle. And I’m not even pregnant yet, so I can’t be having smell taste aversions. I’m not usually sensitive to things like that! I tried to suffer through them for a few weeks, but I couldn’t stand them. I ended up buying some Target brand gummies which are MUCH better.
Post # 7
That’s a pretty normal range, mine fluctuates very similarly. BC is out of your system very quickly, although it can take a while for your body to get back to its “normal”. I would just make sure you’re taking at least 800 mg of folic acid. I have a prescription prenatal with a stool softener built in because my stomach couldn’t handle all that iron, lol.
Post # 8
I take Rainbow Light prenatal vitamins. They are plant based, as I am a vegetarian so it was important to me that no fish oils were in them. Thye contain 800 mcg of folic acid, which met my doctor’s reccommendation. Also I enjoy that I only have to take 1 pill a day and I’ve never had an upset stomach or digestive issues with them.
Post # 9
I was taking VitaFusion gummy prenatals, then switched to Trader Joe’s prenatals after I was eight weeks pregnant. (The gummy ones don’t have iron.)
Don’t worry about your cycles – a little bit of fluctuation like you have is normal, and two heavy days followed by one light day is also perfectly normal. 🙂
Post # 10
Daizy914: Aw, I understand that worry. My mom had 1 m/c before me, 2 after me, and then had a hysterectomy because an ovarian cyst grew to the size of a softball. I also have 40-ish day cycles and my last doc wasn’t worried about either issue.
I bet charting your temps would put you at ease. As long as you can see a solid O every month, you’re good. I keep telling myself that I should temp to make sure I’m O’ing, but I need a decent sleep schedule first (being my own boss makes me so lazy in the mornings!)
Kayla0416: that’s so weird, I never noticed a smell with them at all! Maybe its b/c I got the +DHA kind? (but that should make them smell fishy, so who knows!)
Post # 11
UsagiTsukino: can i ask a stupid question, lol, how do you temp yourself? like what kind of a thermometer do i buy?
Post # 12
chasesgirl: i bought the book while on my lunch break, i will start reading it tonight.
MrsNebraska: i am not a vegetarian but i bought the Rainbow light prenatals plus DHA, they have really good reviews. The Vitamin Shoppe by my job didn’t have a big selection but I will start with these and see how it goes. thanks!
Post # 13
Daizy914: You need a Basal Body Thermometer, which gives you more decimal places than a regular one. I’m not an expert, but the gyst of it is, you take your temp every morning when you wake up (preferably at the same time every day) and record it at Fertility Friend or another cycle-tracking-website-app-thing that has temping as an option. You’re temp will go up when you O, then stay there through your luteal phase and dip back down when AF shows up. Fertility Friend has a whole video tutorial on it, so if you’re interested you should check that out!
Post # 14
I took the NatureMade Prenatal + DHA when I was pregnant. They are horse pills though and definitely hard to get down sometimes when you’re not feeling well. But, they didn’t upset my stomach so I kept taking them. Now that I’m postpartum, I stopped taking the NatureMade and use the Target Up and Up gummies since they don’t have iron, and for whatever reason ever since getting pregnant, Iron wreaks havoc on my bathroom situation lol. Any prenatal that you will remember to take and that will sit well in your stomach will do. My doc didn’t even think the added DHA was anything necessary.
Post # 15
I liked the gummy vitamins–I found they were easier to take on an empty stomach because they have a bunch of sugar in each one (like 10 calories worth). So I took them every day, whereas with other kinds I would put it off until I had eaten and by the time I remembered sometimes it was too late.