Post # 1
The hubs and I have decided that around December we’ll start TTCas long as our situation is still ok to do so! We aren’t talking about it to anyone, so I really wanted to share with someone! It’s not exactly as I planned, I was hoping to have moved out of my in-laws (it’s apartment style), and will need a car before the baby is here. I only work at Wendy’s, but am graduating with my master’s in the spring (hence waiting until winter to start trying).
So, I’m starting to get my body prepared for TTC, so do you have any tips or anything that has helped you? I know about the vitamins & exercise & food, but am just trying to add in and make better changes, but it’s quite overwhelming!
Post # 3
It is overwhelming! But also exciting, so congratulations! 🙂
Just take good care of yourself, is my advice. You could also start charting your temperatures so that when the time to TTC comes, you have a good idea about your fertile days.
There are tons of articles about the dos and don’ts of TTC, but I found they were stressing me out more than helping me. We had some trouble getting pregnant, but I got KU instantly after a HSG (an infertility diagnostic procedure), so my not taking fish oil, drinking fertilytea, or standing on my head after the baby dance was probably not the culprit of why it took longer for us.
Post # 4
Does charting matter if I’m still on BCP? I won’t go off of them until the fall.
Post # 5
@pmerr: You can’t chart while you are on BCP, since it prevents ovulation. A few weeks before you go off, you COULD practice taking your temp in the morning to get used to it, but it won’t tell you anything until you go off. I just starting doing temps right when I stopped taking the pill. Since your hormones are kind of wacky the first few weeks, I figured it didn’t matter the days when I forgot or did it early or late or whatever.
Post # 6
@pmerr: You could start now just to get in the habit and see how it works. I actually did ovulate even on BC, so it was good to know! Totally up to you, but I liked charting, even on the pill, because I still had the ups and downs of a regular cycle, they were just suppressed a bit. Now that I’m off BC, the changes are much more distinct.
Post # 7
Just try to be healthy but don’t stress about it. Nobody can be 100% perfect in the way you eat/exercise etc.
I’d start vitamins and maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine. If you want to cut out some bad habbits like coffee I’d recommend starting now by cutting back. I tried to quit coffee coming of BCP last month, but my body felt so out of whack that I’m still drinking it. So now I’m trying to cut back. I wish I had done this a few months before.
Post # 8
I noticed What to Expect Before You’re Expecting at the library and so I checked it out. It had the basics that I expected (like nutrition and healthy weight range) but also some other things I hadn’t really thought about (like once we get to the TTC stage, that the male should avoid hot tubs). It also reminded me of some things that I was aware of but not really thinking about, like definitely scheduling genetic testing for Jewish diseases and making sure my dental health is in good shape.
Post # 9
Thanks for the advice! Can’t wait! 🙂
Post # 10
@Mrs.RDV: I actually made the decision to go off coffee/caffeine AFTER getting off the pill. I had crazy migraines the first months, so I can’t imagine how bad they would have been if I also wasn’t having caffeine. Just my experience though.
Post # 11
we are going to try around the same time! I’ve done some reseach, definitely doing a diet change, excersizing more, and studying about conception etc. Good advice here 🙂 I’m going to check out What to Expect
Post # 12
@foodnerd81: Ya, I still haven’t stopped coffee/caffeine. The first couple weeks off the pill it felt like I had a constant headache, so I needed that coffee to get through. Next week I’ll start to actually go off it. I’ve only been off the pill for 3 weeks now.