Post # 1
I had a thread early last week after a doctor’s appointment that was discouraging. Due to medical conditions on my part (endometriosis [moderate to severe?] and PCOS), we made the decision last night that we’re going to start TTC as soon as I finish this pill pack on August 23. It gives us the best chance to try and have a family of our own before the disease progresses further.
I’ve been on continuous cycle birth control for almost 4 years and before that had VERY irregular cycles (6-7months between periods), so I have no clue what to expect coming off birth control and what in the world my cycle is going to do. Would charting help if my cycles stay that irregular? My doctor will be more aggressive in her approach to helping us, but we’d like to try naturally for a few months first. I’ve seen a lot of threads talking about FertilityFriend. Is that something that’s helpful? What does charting entail? I’m completely clueless about any of this, but a few people have recommended it.
Are there supplements/vitamins I should start taking? I’ve seen some articles on medical websites that say to add a folic supplement or start taking prenatals right away. Is that something any of you have done?
Finally, I’ve seen some people talk about the book, Taking Charge of your Fertility. Is that worth the buy? Why?
Sorry if this is too many questions. I’m beyond thrilled to start a family with DH and so excited to be a mom, but at the same time, I’m half scared to death about all of this too. Thank you in advance to any help you can give!!!
Post # 2
hogoboom2012: You will encounter tons of information the more time you spend in this board, which is great, let me summarize it the best I can.
Charting: Basically charting means taking note of a few things, when you get your period, when it stops, your daily basal body temperature (BBT) at the same time everyday, checking for your cervical mucus, cervical position (not everyone does this, me being one of those), talking ovulation predictor kits (OPKs). There are other things to check but this is what most of the charters do. Now, a lot of charters use Fertility Friend to track and chart their cycles. You can get a free version that is pretty much all you need or you can get the premium version for less than $30 a year if you get a discount and includes more features.
Charting can help you with:
1) Learning about your cycle length
2) Know whether you ovulate or not and how late
3) How long is your luteal phase
4) Check for any spotting mid cycle, pain related to ovulation, etc.
5) If you’re trying to get pregnant you can get a better idea on how many days past ovulation you are, what is the best time to test, and note if your BBT stay up for longer than you would expect.
Taking Charge of your Fertility Book: It’s a great tool for everyone, startes and those of us who have been charting for a while and need to get reminded of a few things here and there. It’s totally worth to read it. It’s a great reference and has become the charter’s bible. You can always just barrow it and see it for yourself. Fertility friend also offers some online courses to help you chart your own cycles.
Feel free to join the Charters’ thread . We have a group of ladies that are very knowledgeable and would be happy to answer any questions as well as check your chart if you need help decoding it. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 3
You should start taking prenatals three months before you begin TTC. It is especially important for baby during the first couple weeks/months that you have high levels of folate/folic acid in your system to help with spinal development. Hopefully, you’ve had blood tests done recently, too, to figure out anything deficiencies. My doctor said I was anemic and have a poorly functioning thyroid, both of which can cause miscarriages. It’s better to get that stuff fixed before TTC.
Post # 4
candy11: Thank you so much. This is really helpful.
anonybee0810: I’ve never had a blood panel done officially. I’m already at high-risk for miscarriage because of the PCOS, so we’re aware of that. I’ll start a multivitamin or prenatals right away. Thanks for your help!
Post # 5
anonybee0810: According to my doctor, starting folic acid and supplements one month in advance is fine and should still build up enough reserves for baby.
Post # 6
Since you have PCOS, I’d have your doctor check for the MTHFR gene mutation. If you have it (60% of the population has a variation), folic acid is not good for ypu. You would need the natural version of methylfolate.
Post # 7
hogoboom2012: Penang1885: Yeah, I suspect every doctor has his/her own opinion. Mine said at least three months is the recommended. Shrug!
Post # 8
With respect to prenatals, my doc said just get a regular multi with folic acid in it until you conceive, and then switch to the prenatals, which are more expensive. Her theory is that most of the vitamins that you don’t use, don’t build as reserve: you pee them out.
Post # 9
That’s really good to know. I can save money that way too. Awesome 🙂
Post # 10
My doctor gave me a prescription for prenatals so it didnt cost me anything, so you might want to talk to your doctor about that.