Post # 1
One of my goals for 2012 is to get organized so that we can start TTC in late 2012 or 2013. So what should be on my to do list, ladies?
What I’ve already thought of:
-fertility check-ups for me and Darling Husband
-conversations with bosses and HR people to know about maternity and paternity leave policies
-casual conversations with coworkers who have recently had babies about how they balance parenthood and work
-save up enough to cover the hospital visits and birth and the salary I won’t be making while on maternity leave
-a home renovation project we’ve been wanting to do since we bought our house and that we want finished before a baby comes
-read some books about pregnancy, babies, parenting, etc
What else should be on my list?
Post # 3
I would recommend to start charting before TTC, this way you will know what is going on with your body. I didn’t and I am regretting it now.
Post # 4
-charting,medical visits and all that good stuff
-Flu shot vaccine
-work out (docs usually say: if you worked out before pregnancy–you can work out during–but you can’t just start when you’re pregnant out of nowhere)
-check insurance and make sure you’re covered for labor because if you get pregnant without insurance: it’ll be super hard to get insurance because of your “preexisting medical condition” (pregnancy)
-anything you need done that you can’t do while pregnant like……dental cleanings and teeth whitening or laser if you do laser hair removal (im ttc and currently trying to finish off my last session before O day)
Post # 5
RE: “anything you need done that you can’t do while pregnant like……dental cleanings”
Actually, my dentist recommends MORE CLEANINGS while women are pregnant, every 3 months. He says pregnant women are prone to “pregnancy gingivitis”, which can have negative effects on both the women’s health and the baby’s health and cause premature birth.
Post # 6
@abbyful: You’re right but the x-rays and stuff aren’t allowed
Post # 7
Yeah, you can still travel while you’re pregnant or after the baby comes, but it will obviously be different. Our TTC timeline is similar to yours and we’re planning at least 2 trips between now and then!
Post # 8
Start taking a multivitamin with folic acid in it now. A prenatal isn’t required at this stage but most multivitamins for women will have at least 400 mcg of folic acid which is a necessity for at least three months before trying to conceive for maximum results.
I also second the traveling suggestion – days of carefree travel are definitely over once baby comes!
Also, just a word of advice for when you actually start trying, expect it to take several months but be prepared for it to happen right away. For most women, it can take up to six months for a healthy couple to conceive, so just prepare yourself for that. On the flipside, it can also happen right away so don’t start trying until you are fully prepared to welcome a baby into your lives! Good luck and enjoy this next year before you start TTC!
Post # 9
I was hoping to see a thread about this! How long before TTC do people normally get off the pill? We are going to TTC right after we are married (or right after the honeymoon depending on what we decide to do) but we hate condoms and my Fiance is paranoid we will get pregnant before the wedding if I get off the pill.
Post # 10
@MrsSawyer: It varies for every person. If you’re on a standard pill, you could feasibly conceive two weeks after stopping. If you’re on something like the depo shot, I’d talk to your doctor as it can take a while for ovulation to resume. You won’t really know how long it takes until you go off the pill – a lot of people get their cycles back right away, others like me (who had irregular cycles before going on the pill anyway) can take several months. Unless you’re in a massive hurry, I’d just finish up your last pill pack before the wedding and see what happens.
Alternatively, you could stop now (or in the next few months) and begin charting to figure out when you ovulate. You’d have to use condoms in the meantime but eventually would be able to use natural family planning once you’re confident in your cycles.
Post # 11
I agree with the PP who said you should start charting. I didn’t want to at first because I didn’t want to be “too crazy” about it. And once I did start charting I kicked myself for not doing it earlier! It really is a wonderful tool for understand your body and your cycles. We would never have conceived this month if I hadn’t been charting and using OPKs, I didn’t ovulate until cd28 and would have been waiting around for AF at that point without charting!
Post # 12
Mine also includes:
-Lose Weight/Work Out
-Begin saving specifically for baby and not just “in general” as we do now
-Get baby-friendly vehicle (I’m getting something new in the next few months and am definitely considering our TTC timeline in my decision)
Post # 13
1. Make sure SO has stable full time job and good benefits.
2. Get married when 1 is complete.
3. Chart and get thyroid/hormone levels under control.
4. Move to an apartment that is baby friendly–washer and dryer in UNIT!
I’m not worried about savings actually. We live on very little, I’m not too concerned.
Post # 14
1) Get Married- Happening in less than 100 days!
2)Graduate Law School- Happening in a little over 100 days!
3) Take a vacation- Cruise honeymoon- and Fiance and I travel a bit now. Nothing extravagant but we do take weekend trips to places within 3 hrs
4) Buy a house- Beginning the process of looking at houses now!
5) Run another 1/2 marathon- Signed up for three next year so far!
6)I would say save x amount of dollars, but I have quickly learned no matter what you plan for, life happens, so as long as we’re still putting money in savings each month I’m happy.
Post # 15
I’d like to:
-start a prenatal vitamin
-lose weight, start exercising more
-visit the dentist to see if I need X-rays etc.
-travel (we have travelled lots before but would like to go on a month-long honeymoon)
-finish the renovations on our townhouse
-start saving up some money
Post # 16
@marjojo: Wow, I am planning to TTC around the same time and I have not thought of any of this!! I just planned on mentioning it to my doctor during my yearly check up in Jan. I dont plan on telling my bosses anything until it happens. The only thing I have on the list is to travel.