Post # 1
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
DH and I are getting ready to TTC this winter, and I’m already in uber planner mode… What sorts of things should I be thinking about?
I have the app to track my cycles, and I’m phasing out caffiene.
I don’t smoke and only drink socially, so no planning to stop that one when we’re actually TTC.
I’ve been researching prenatal vitamins and will start taking those in November (for TTC in Dec & beyond).
I’m positioning my job at work to be ready for whatever comes in the future.
I’m not sure what else I can do to prepare? What did you bee’s do? What did you wish you did? What did you wish you hadn’t done?
Post # 2
- Wedding: March 2013 - Backyard
I tried the not drinking think for about 3 months during our TTC journey and boy did that NOT help. It was stressful! I got pregnant month 5 of TTC, but lost that one early on around 4-5 weeks and then got our sticky baby month 6 TTC and I am due this November. I drank both months that we conceived and it did not affect us in anyway. If it affected us in anyway it helped! It dramatically relaxed me…given I did only drink wine and not a lot of it, but I wouldn’t stress about cutting out alcohol quite yet. I did go off any medication I was taking a month or so prior to trying…and I tried to put on a little bit of weight (I was still in school and was at a lower weight due to stress). I used the “MY DAYS” app on my iPhone and tried matching up my ovulation week with the clearblue digital ovulation test (the smiley face one). I had bee taking prenatal vitamins for a year prior. I do not think there is anything you can do other than do not have your hopes up the first month and do NOT stress about it! I would cry myself to sleep thinking we weren’t gonna get pregnant that month. I know I didn’t have to try that long to get pregnant in comparison to other moms out there (6 months for us), but it felt really long every month and it weighs heavily on you and your DH. I am 22 and healthy, active, and do not drink or go out and party and we got pregnant intentionally while I was finishing up getting my degree. Even though I wanted to get pregnant the soonest I possibly could I am happy with the way things turned out and wouldn’t have it any other way. This is the right time for us. When it happens it happens! I really wish you guys luck! Congrats!!! This is such an exciting time for you guys 🙂 I loved when my DH and I began talking about starting our family. Such a nerve wracking yet exciting time!
Post # 3
juliette.eliza: I would recommend you to start prenatals 3 months before TTC, that’s what many doctors recommend. Wishing you all the best! 🙂
Post # 4
My doctor told me I should be on prenatals OR folic acid for at least three months before TTC. I started taking prenatals in June and we’re planning on TTC in October/November.
I would also recommend a trip to the doctor, if you haven’t been recently, for some blood testing. My doctor said my anemia and low-functioning thyroid can cause miscarriages and recommended I get re-tested in three months and put on thyroid medication if they have not improved. Also, a PAP test if you haven’t had one in awhile.
We’re also getting rid of any debt (my husband will have paid off his student loans by October, and I’ve cleared my credit card with the intention of making it emergency-only).
Post # 5
juliette.eliza: well I didnt go too crazy, and I kinda thought/expected it to take longer then it did lol. I started charting and wanted to have a couple “practice” months before we actually TRIED. A little about my charting experience….I went off BD to prep in April and figured we’d actively start in June/July. My first cycle off was crazy and I had a super long cycle (almost 40 days). I thought oh lord here we go…. DH figured “well if its gonna be a while we may as well just let it fly now” (no condoms or anything). I said ok…I guess theres no real reason to “wait”, so for the next cycle I was still figuring out my chart but I got a good handle on it. In the end I figured out my fertile window and we ended up getting pg lol (end May/beginning june)…. I was a bit shocked it happened so fast.
Aside from charting I started taking pre-natals in april as well. I only have one cup of coffee in the mornings and I ususally dont even drink it all so I wasnt to worried about having to cut down. I still have my one cup……Im almost 13w and the doctor said its perfectly fine. I just had my NT scans yesterday (for any problems/chromosomal abnormalities) and it all came back with flying colours.
I dont smoke either and Drinks usually just on weekends but my DH is italian and wine is often a part of regular (weeknight) dinners….so I’m obviously not drinking now, but I drank right up until I got my positive test! Just as an FYI/peace of mind the baby doesnt actually share your bloodstream in that way until 6-8 weeks when the placenta starts growing…. up until then it actually lives on a yolk sac so any alcohol up until then doesnt affect the baby (I say this because I’ve seen soooo many threads from bee’s freaking out when they get their BFP and say “omg I had a drink the other night before I tested will the baby have FAS?”)..um NO not even close lol. Lots of bee’s stop drinking when actively TTC (and in no way am I saying “keep going”) but just in case you decide to have one before you get a positive test know the baby will be just fine 🙂 For me I slowed down for sure to ween myself from having it.
I will recommend you take your prenatals at night before you go to bed so that if they do cause you any nausea (a lot of them do) you’ll be asleep! I found ones that were specifically labeled as “gentle on the stomach” and they were by Jamison. I just ran out and need to find more!I havent had any issues with mine. I have MS right now but I was taking them for over 2 months before I got my BFP and they didnt affect me at all.
I dont think there’s anything I can think of I wished I did or regret doing….
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
I have been to the doctor, I was on several medications that I had to D/C before we could TTC and have been working with him to do that, (so far so good!)
I am due back in October for a final all-clear check up to make sure everything is good to go before we “pull the goalie.”
I will definitely start the vitamins earlier!
I haven’t fully decided if I’m going to stop drinking all together when we’re TTC or not. I have roughly 1-2 glasses a week and it’s only ever cider or wine, nothing stronger. My guess is it’ll depend on where I’m at in my cycle each time the option arises, but I’ll likely d/c just because that will help me stay more hydrated.
Post # 7
Just want to echo the importance of starting prenatals asap. Otherwise, just do what you can to get to know your body inside and out. Oh and sleep as much as you can! I know its a new mom cliche but for a reason. I love DD and regular long sleeps are the only thing I miss about life before pregnancy and motherhood.
Good luck and have fun!!
Post # 8
Definitely start the prenatal asap. I’m in the “drink til it’s pink” club, but I usually only have a glass or two of wine anyway.