(Closed) Preparing for TTC – What else should I be doing?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Have you met with your Dr yet? I’m under the assumption your obgyn will talk to you about your health history along with that of your family’s and do a blood test or so. Can’t confirm this personally, though.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think you’re solid then. What are they looking for when they do bloodwork?

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

This might sound ridiculous, but since I see that you’re in NYC… you might want to start looking into childcare now if you expect to need it. We’re in DC, and when we started looking into daycares about five/six months before our due date, some of our favorite places had 18 month waiting lists.

It sounds like you’re doing lots of good stuff to prepare already- I can’t think of any other health-related things… not sure what kind of “dwelling” you live in, but TTC was a good time for us to make sure all of our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors were working, to get our house tested for radon, etc.

Also, if you’ve ever wanted to do something like scuba dive, skydive, take a horseback riding vacation, etc. – now is a good time! I’ve had several times since being pregnant where I’ve said “ooh, I want to do [insert activity you’re not supposed to do while pregnant]…. darn it”

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

How about a Pelvic and Transvaginal Ultrasound? I have to get one done for similar purpose. (Though not TTCing yet but only FREAKIN’ OUT that I will have problems.) So the doc is putting me in for this particular ultrasound to make sure my reproductive organs are doing what they should.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Does anyone know where I can get more information on the blood tests that should be done prior to TTC, as well as the shots that I might need to get as boosters? I discussed TTC briefly with my gyno about 6 months ago, but am closer to TTC now & need to make sure I’m doing everything I need to!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

@Lillindy: I was about to click on those links and then I decided that it would just make me feel guilty about all the things I should-have-but-didn’t do!

Oh well, next time!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@lauren810c: you might want to start chating your basal temperature to make sure you’re ovulating. It will make it easier to know when to bd when you’re ttc.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Assuming you’re young and healthy, I think you shouldn’t make yourself crazy about this.  Your doctor gave you the go-ahead, you don’t smoke (I hope), you’re taking folic acid, and you’re trying to be healthy.  Just have fun and relax a bit.  If you have trouble conceiving after 6 months of trying, then I’d discuss it with your doctor, but otherwise be patient and enjoy all the sex.

(I’m training to be an OB/GYN, and while I’ve seen a lot of the difficulties of conception and pregnancy, it sounds like you’re healthy and proactive, so don’t worry about the rest.)

Good luck, and HAVE FUN!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Miss OBG: If you have trouble conceiving after 6 months of trying, then I’d discuss it with your doctor

6 months might be a bit less. My own doc told me that they expect you to TTC for TWO years before they even try anything. I know they can do tests and such after year 1 but 6 months is even shorter time frame. (Unless you were having sex EVERY SINGLE DAY when you weren’t on your period and you are not preggo (?))

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

I definitely recommend the pelvic ultrasound mentioned above. We got pregnant this past June (1st month of trying) and I miscarried this summer. Turns out I had a dozen uterine fibroids and just had to have major surgery (myomectomy) to remove all of them. I wish I had known about the fibroids BEFORE ttc. Most women don’t get them until their 40’s, but I’ve read up to 20- 30% of women in their 30’s can have uterine fibroids. It’s definitely worth a check!

Other than that, it sounds as if you are doing everything right. 🙂

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Lozza: LOL, I didn’t do everything myself, but all we can do is our best, right? 🙂

@Sasha2011: Actually, sex every single day isn’t the best thing either because it actually lowers your man’s sperm count. 😉

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