Post # 1
My husband and I have more or less agreed on a timeline for stopping birth control (this spring.) Since I’m hoping to be obviously pregnant by this time next year, I am having a REALLY hard time keeping my mind off babies. We’re talking health insurance, wills, living wills, that sort of thing, now, in addition to birthing centers/midwives, names, pre-TTC weight loss, etc. I’ve already had my pre-conception checkup (hilarious – just “take pre-natal vitamins and get off birth control when you want to try.” No, really? You not even gonna tell me not to drink?) We’re gearing up for it – but I feel like I’m in “hurry up and wait” land.
So, to others who have been through this… Any tips on what to get done before pregnancy? What to do, read, buy, without freaking out my husband? I’ve got “What to Expect” and the nutrition equivalent…
Post # 3
Start taking pernatals and ask to have your folic acid tested and have your homocysteine levels tested to make sure you Folic Acid is high enough and your homocysteine levels are low enough.
Post # 4
Been taking prenatals for several months. My doctor won’t run tests unless I’ve been trying unsuccessfully for a year. But I am a nutrition consultant, so I know how manage folic acid naturally – I’ll look into homocysteine.
Post # 5
Well you can’t start charting till you go off birthcontrol so that’s out. i do think you should be prpared for your body to take possibly several months to regualte after going off the pill. for me it only took about a month but for some it takes longer and if you want to start right away you might be disappointed if your body wont let you. it would also give you a chance to chart a bit before. maybe your husband would be okay with you stopping the pill but using an alternate bc method a few months before? my husband and i use the sponge. some people use condoms or diaphram.
i bought THE FERTILITY DIET, WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE YOU’RE EXPECTING and of course the ubiquitous TAKINGCHARGE OF YOUR FERTILITY. these are great books for a woman who wants to get in her best health and as educated as possible. i also blog and try to enjoy all the things i wont be able to post baby. get it out now and schedule some.
i am in your same boat so i completely sympathise. maybe we need an ongoing WTTCC (waiting to try to conceive) thread for those of us who are still not even allowed to make our babies yet but are on our way (like we did for the bee’s waiting for engagement). I’d be down to join.
Post # 6
@cyneswith: Personally I stopped drinking caffeine (I am also pre-TTC) and alcohol. (It sounds like you are doing that as well.) I am also taking a walk everyday and yoga- healthy weight bearing exercise. I also seek calcium from natural sources (sounds like you know them) and EPA and DHA from krill and algae, calcium from algae, organic prenatals. I am trying to clear my diet of artificial sweeteners and processed foods, also preservatives. It has been quite the process – examining my diet etc.
Post # 7
I suggest getting any dental work done…I have been putting off getting my wisdom teeth out and had decided to do it before we started TTC this winter…suprise Im 10 weeks pregnant! Oops. Now I am unsure if I should just wait until further into the pregnancy or wait until I deliver. Good luck 🙂
Post # 8
All my OB/GYN told me was:
- Take a prenatal vitamin
- Take fish oil
- Eat plenty of meat/protein
Post # 9
@mrsjets: That is a really good one. Have dental work done before, or wait until after you give birth. I forgot about that. I finally!!! had my crown put on… $1350 :/
Post # 10
No dental problems (wisdom teeth were pulled years ago), eating low-mercury fish twice a week in addition to a pre-natal with fish oil, and I eat as naturally as I can (fresh/frozen foods, almost nothing canned, as much organic as I can get my hands on.) I’m not giving up coffee or alcohol just yet – I have to have SOME perks while waiting (birth control makes me cranky/depressed and makes weight loss incredibly hard). I do have a stash of some high-quality decaf for after New Year’s (absolute earliest I’ll come off BC is February.)
Any ideas for non-physiological prep/distractions?