Post # 1
My fiance and I are getting married in March, and we’re planning on starting a family immediately. We’ve pretty much decided that we’re going to begin the “trying” part on our honeymoon.
By then, I’ll be 37. I certainly plan on having discussions with my doctor and my OB/GYN to learn the best ways to prepare my body for pregnancy. But I thought I’d throw the topic out here for discussion.
Have any of you found any websites that you feel are reputable and that have been helpful for you in getting ready for pregnancy and starting a family?
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Post # 3
CONGRATS!!!No knowledge of websites but my OBGYN said that as soon as we are ready to start trying she wants to put me on Folic Acid to help prevent birth defects so you may want to look into that.
Post # 4
I don’t have a specific site rec, but when I told my doc we wanted to TTC within the year she immediately put me on prenatal vitamins. It doesn’t matter what kind (I take 0ne-a-day prenatals) but she recommended taking them for at least 6 months prior to TTC to get all the good stuff in your system. Good luck!
Post # 5
Start tracking your menstraul cycles. Most women think the day you ovulate is 14 days into your cycle, but really it is 14 days prior to your next cycle starting (most people don’t have exactly a 28 day cycle) so by tracking you can predict when your next cycle will start and therefore when you ovulate. Also, the day you ovulate is often a little late, so you will probably want to try the few days leading up to ovulation. (Sperm can survive in your body for a few days). You can also start tracking your basal body temperature to notice patterns and therefore predict when you’re most fertile!
Post # 6
Ah you sound like me (getting married at 38 and trying right away)… The first thing that I did was to start a pre-natal vitamin. It’s not going to do any harm and it had lovely side effects for the wedding like making my hair and nails more lusterous.
I also started tracking my cycle using some of the NFP methods detailed in the Catholic board. It’s great to know what day your cycle starts and especially what your ovulatory cycle is. Some people ovulate earlier or later in their cycle… but you can actually know the exact day if you are tracking your temperature.
If you are on any hormonal method of birth control, it goes without saying that you should absolutely get off of it right away.
A visit to your OB is in order. Ours told us that it might be up to a year for me to get pregnant and they do some basic labs to make sure everything is in working order. She also taught us the optimal ways to ensure that there is a fertilization. (Sex every other day in the days leading up to ovulation).
I checked out the Parents.com and Babycenter.com http://www.babycenter.com/getting-pregnant?intcmp=pulldown_precon_textlink_all&pn=BC%20Homepage preparing for pregnancy sections of their websites. There are many helpful (but sometimes overkill) tips in there.
Good luck and keep us posted!
Post # 7
I go to themommyplaybook.com It’s a message board with women discussing different places they are in TTC. Waiting to try, Trying with a loss, Trying for your first, etc.
I also recommend the babycenter.com also. They have articles for you to read on EVERY subject with getting pregnant.
I also started prenatals. I just use the overthe counter ones. I also went to my OBGYN to get a check up and make sure everything is okay and I’m healthy.
Hope that helps!
Post # 8
This board post was full of useful info for anyone getting ready to start trying- not just younger/older.