Post # 1
Can someone explain what you all are talking about during the process. How do you know when the best times are, what are all those tests, do you need to go to the doctor first before you start trying? Did you tell your mom you and your hubby were gonna try lol just wondering how you all became pros about all this!!!! Half the time im lost on all these ttc posts, but very interesting, maybe its just me lol
Post # 3
First, I’d suggest you go read the “TTC – What to expect” thread (it’s one of the stickies on the TTC board). It explains a lot of the basic and the most common acronyms (and the comments are super helpful, too):
As far as your other questions, DH and I aren’t TTC yet (a few months off), but we for sure aren’t telling our parents we’re trying. We’d rather just give the happy news when we have it to give and are ready to share. Especially if it takes awhile, I don’t want parents wondering every time they see us. My BFF knows we’re getting ready to try, but she’s the only person I’ve talked to about it.
You don’t have to see your doctor before TTC, but there are some good reasons to. I basically used my annual well-woman visit this year as a chance to talk to my doctor about getting ready for pregnancy. I talk to her about any concerns I had, and we did some tests and vaccinations (all the STD tests they would do once you’re pregnant anyways, plus my MMR titer and TDAP vaccine). If you have any health conditions or concerns, it’s important to talk to your doctor about getting them under control or changing out/weaning off of medications that aren’t safe for pregnancy.
If you’re looking for more info, I’d also recommend the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. It’s basically the charting Bible, but even if you don’t plan to chart, it does a fantastic job of explaining what’s going on with your body and how you’ll want to pay attention to your body and time things while you’re trying.
Post # 4
@SadieBee: Thank you 🙂 I will check out that thread and book !
Post # 5
@masterteee2013: They will mention it in the thread above, but download Fertility Friend, which will help you track what that post will go through, and make sure to take Fertility Friend’s courses. They were a God-sent for me because I, too, was lost half the time. Not so much on abbreviations, but the whole temping and charting thing.
Post # 6
@megz06: I had never heard of all this temp and charting stuff until the weddingbee LOL, Is that bad haha
Post # 7
No it’s not bad, I hadn’t really heard much about temping/charting before the bee. I also came here for wedding stuff and got sucked into the TTC threads and probably started trying earlier than we’d planned because of it!!
Post # 8
@masterteee2013: You really don’t have to do most of this stuff, at least not right off the bat! Those who are temping and charting tend to have been TTC for awhile and are making sure they are ovulating and timing their attempts based on OV. If you are just starting and you just want to make a go at it, all you really need to know is when your “fertile window” is. Which really is about two weeks after the last day of your last period. Just go for it! If you go a few months without a positive and you want to start getting serious, then you can start with all of the serious stuff.
Post # 9
@masterteee2013: No its not bad! Most women dont know about it until they are trying to get pregnant. Actually alot of doctors dont tell you about temping. I went to my doctor for my annual during my 2nd cycle of TTC. She didnt mention anything about ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) or taking my temperature. She asked if I noticed discharge and if I had gotten my period and then told me to be patient and everything looked and felt normal.