Post # 1
Today I had my first dr appointment to discuss TTC!!! Yay!! The doc wasn’t overly helpful in telling me what I should be doing to prepare beforehand though – most of my appointment was focused on what to do for my endometriosis until May when we plan to actually start trying. He did tell me prenatal vitamins but didn’t suggest any certain kind. Also he told me to just maintain being in shape since you can’t really up your work outs once you are pregnant.
Any suggestions on what to do though? Any prenatal vitamins in particular that you prefer? I am SO excited to be even writing about this 🙂 I can’t wait to start trying!
Also, has anyone ever been on Lupron? I have been on it for the last 3 months and hated it and today my doc told me the best thing I can do is take the last 3 month injection of it so I did that today. But did it take anyone a long time to start ovulating again after going off of it?
Post # 3
Prenatals are freaking expensive. I liked the cheap CVS brand ones till I knew I was pregnant, then I started using prescription ones that are designed to play nicer with morning sickness. I also took DHA supplements.
Post # 4
I can’t take prenatal vitamins- they make me puke. I’ve been taking flintstone vitamins throughout my pregnancy. lol. I know that isn’t helpful at all, but I think as long as you are taking any vitamins you should be fine.
Post # 5
To be perfectly honest my pre-TTC apt was pretty rediculous. I was told to start prenatals, that I didn’t need to wait after going of birth control, and that I should eat healthy and stay active. And I guess unless you have a particular medical condition, there’s not really anything else you can do. Congrats on being almost ready to TTC.
Post # 6
@flamingred:I love Flintstones! Those are my normal non-TTC vitamins and I took them for about 4 weeks during the first trimester when the idea of swallowing a real prental was just not gonna happen. My OB said it was totally fine.
Post # 7
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I took a really great class taught by Sara of 2000dollarwedding called Purposeful Conception. (If you remember to mention you heard it from me, I get like $5, but I don’t care if you do, because it was good enough to just plain recommend.)
Five weeks, exercises and daily blog posts and things to think about. Google Purposeful Conception to find her. I highly recommend it for the type of planning you’re talking about.
I wish we’d had a better (ahem, larger) baby savings plan, but we did talk about parenting and timing, started to try to eat better, and I (mostly) gave up drinking and caffeine. I’ve been taking a prenatal for a while, too.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2018 - Our home and the two acres it sits on
One more thing: the book “Body, Soul, Baby” has a whole chapter on preconception planning, AND is a pretty fabulous book.
Post # 9
@cheese: Thank you! I will definitely look into that stuff, especially that book 🙂
@Lozza: I loove Flintstone vitamins! Why was taking a prenatal pill going to be difficult though? Is it hard to swallow? Do they make you sick?
Post # 10
I take my prenatals at night right before bed. I don’t know if they make me sick because I sleep right through it! I would highly recommend that if prenatals make you queezy. My doctor did a few tests to make sure all my vaccines were current and that my thyroid was functioning normally and then suggested I cut back on booze and caffeine, but she did mention that’s more important when you actually ARE pregnant than in the months before.
Post # 11
My doctor had done the same thing, told me “prenatal vitamin”, but didn’t tell me what kind. I made a thread about it a couple weeks ago. I ended up choosing the “New Chapter Perfect Prenatal”.
My doctor also told me to take fish oil for DHA and EPA. Note: You have be careful not to get mercury-laden fish. I’m leaning towards going with krill oil; they are at the bottom of the food chain, so virtually no contamination, and they have all the good stuff (Omega 3s, DHA, EPA). Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA looks pretty good too, maybe I’ll use both.
Post # 12
The basics to TTC are:
1. Take your pre-natals. You can take a multivitamin + folic acid + DHA if you can’t take the “real” prenatals, because as some other posters mentioned, they make some women sick. A Flinstone’s is better than nothing! : )
2. Don’t drink alcohol once you’ve actively started TTC, because the nervous system is one of the first systems to develop, and that’s what alcohol affects the most.
3. Make sure that any medications you are taking are safe to continue taking when you’re pregnant.
If you haven’t already, look into family planning techniques (temperature, cycle charting, etc.). You mentioned you were on a fertility medication already, so you’ve probably used all that, but just in case! : D
Post # 13
@bloodgo1: I had really bad nausea, and while normally I’m a champion pill-swallower, the idea of trying to down something I couldn’t chew into itty bitty pieces and swallow a bit at a time… no way. I also thought that they exacerbated the nausea, so that probably didn’t help. I’d seriously look at them (or any other big pill) and just gag.
Flinstones gummy vitamins were fine though 🙂
(And now I’m over it and take my prenatals like a big girl again)
Post # 14
Prenatal vitamins are free at Meijer with a prescription. I am guessing since you are in Michigan you have one nearby.
Post # 15
Here is something that might help:
Are all prenatal vitamins the same?
No, they are not. Look for one that includes approximately:
- 400 mcg of folic acid
- 400 IU of vitamin D
- 200 to 300 mg of calcium
- 70 mg of vitamin C
- 3 mg of thiamine
- 2 mg of riboflavin
- 20 mg of niacine
- 6 mcg of vitamin B12
- 10 mg of vitamin E
- 15 mg of zinc
- 17 mg of iron
Post # 16
I couldn’t take prenatals until I was about 4 months along, it was just too much vitamin for my body to absorb and I’d vomit. I took Flinestone Gummy vits (still do, actually) along with a folic acid when I was pregnant.