Post # 1
DH and I are talking about TTC (casually, more like NTNP) in February, after we get back from Disneyword!), but I have a few questions for those of you who made the switch to TTC.
1. I have been on the pill for almost 10 years off and on, and on it constantly for the last 8 years (both for bizarre cycles and contraception reasons). Should I take my last pack the month before I want to start trying (January)? If I stop sooner, do I risk getting pregnant or does it take some time to reset your body?
2. Should I start taking prenatals now?
3. I’m on 2 other prescriptions – dicyclomine (for IBS cramps) and a low-dose antibiotic for chronic UTIs. Anyone have any experience with taking those during pregnancy?
4. I’ll see my gyno in January (insurance covers 1 time/year). Any advice on what to ask her about?
5. Am I okay eating/drinking “normally” until I get a BFP?
Disclaimer – I know you aren’t (mostly) doctors, and I know every woman is different. I just want to hear about others’ experiences and get some ideas of what to expect.
Post # 3
1. I would give my cycle 3 months to regulate from birth control. Some people get pregnant right after getting off, but a lot of people find irregular periods very frustrating when TTC, so giving your body a little extra time wouldn’t hurt.
2. Yes start taking them now 🙂
3. You will have to ask your OBGYN if those are safe to take during pregnancy, if they are, I wouldn’t worry about it.
4. Ask about #3 lol. You can also ask about exercise, BD timing, etc. if you are curious. If you have no known issues though, you might not need to ask anything. Most doctors will reccommend having sex every other day once you are ready to ttc.
5. Yes you are okay to eat/drink normally in my opinion. Some women feel very strongly about not drinking or eating certain foods during the two week wait (or during ttc in general). I would not get like black out drunk, but I think drinking till you test positive is fine (you don’t share blood with baby until 6 weeks). The only thing I would avoid is raw fish or runny eggs from a place I was not sure was clean/reputable (but then again why would you eat ANYTHING from a place like that lol).
Post # 4
I agree with PP about every thing other than what to eat and drink. 90% should be normal, but you should avoid fish with high mercury already. Those levels, unlike alcohol, don’t get flushed out of your body as quickly. There are safe fish that you should eat (like salmon) and bad fish that you need to start staying away from (like swordfish)
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
1) By the time we are ready to start trying I wll have been on the pill for 10 years. We are going to start casually trying after our trip to Europe. I don’t want to have any accidents during the trip so I will continue to take the pill there and stop when we return. You can become pregnant first cycle off of birth control.
2) I will go to the doctor before our trip to get all travel shots they recommend, all ttc shots, full medical, etc. I might start the vitamins then with whatever they recommend.
Post # 6
1. I would stop now and just use a different form of protection so you can get your cycles regulated in case you have an issue doing that. Mine went back to normal right away, but some women aren’t so lucky.
2. You should start taking prenatals now. A lot of women favor gummies because they are easy on your stomach if and when you do experience MS (plus they are yummy). I, however, take New Chapter Prenatals which are organic. 3 pills a day. Very easy on the stomach as well.
3. No experience with those two medications, but continue to take them until you talk to your doctor in January and he/she advises you otherwise.
4. I don’t think I asked mine about much, and to be honest she rubbed me the wrong way (for reasons I am too lazy to explain) but at that point you can ask if there is any foods/drinks she advises you to avoid. Perhaps that would also be a good point to ask her if the prenatal you’re taking is a good one (bring the bottle in with you so she can see how much folic acid is in it. Typically they are all good, but just in case).
5. I say don’t change a thing with your diet, but some women choose to start avoid the foods and drinks you should in pregnancy–limit caffine, limit fish, and stop drinking, but I am not sure I would go that far as of right now. The more stress you put on yourself when TTC, the more stressful it will be for your DH and you guys may be too tired and stressed out to, you know, DTD. Don’t stress too much until you’ve been doing this for a few months.
If you are interested in charting, you can also use that as a great way to not only avoid being pregnant but getting pregnant as well. I used it to just track my periods before I got pregnant, but once I was ready it showed me my fertile and ovulation days, so I was able to see when might be the best time to get pregnant. Some women don’t like to jump to this right away–I say it is a damn useful tool to getting to know your body at the very least.
Post # 7
@LadyBear: If you haven’t read it already, you might want to pick up a copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. It’s really informative and will help you learn about your cycles. The website Fertility Friend is a place where you can chart your cycles and take short lessons about fertility signs and charting.
Post # 8
@LadyBear: Dicyclomine is a category B drug and hasn’t been well studied in pregnant women. Additionally, you can’t take it while breastfeeding because it can be passed through breastmilk. Btw, I take it infrequently (only during severe attacks), and we just started NTNP. If I become pregnant, I definitely will not take it.
Edit to add: You should talk to your doctors about this.
Post # 9
@beekiss: I will definitely talk to my doctor – it’s prescribed by my PCP, so I’ll check with her.
It’s great to find someone else who takes it – most people have never heard of it. I’m like you; I take it as needed and rarely. Sometimes I will take it as a preventative if we are going to eat somewhere where an attack could be a major problem.
Post # 10
@LadyBear: I hear you. I was first prescribed to take it twice daily which while it initially helped became ineffective over time then I didn’t take it for several months and began taking it only when I desperately need a reprieve. Best of luck! My hope is my IBS improves if I become pregnant.
Post # 11
Bump – I know many of you ladies must have advice in these areas!
Post # 12
@LadyBear: Two of my friends both were on BC for years and they both got pregnant within the first try as soon as they got off BC. So if you do stop, just be aware it is possible for you to get pregnant.