TTC in the near future- any advice?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Unless you have a reproductive condition, my OB advocated for “spending the first 3-6 months just having fun”

And go off BC a few months before you want to start trying! My cycle was a no-show the month I went off the pill and showed up with a VENGEANCE two days before our wedding!

I did get KU that month, though!

Post # 4
3009 posts
Sugar bee

@riss519:  I agree. Just go into it having fun. Maybe use an app to track your period and guessstimate on ovulation. I don’t think you need to jump into charting and all that right away. Maybe start using the app now so you have some history on your cycle. I used Period Tracker on my iphone.

Post # 5
446 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

+1 to the above! Last cycle was our first TTC, and I think we did it all wrong. We were super laid back the first two weeks (no OPKs, no observing signs), and way, WAY too overanalytical the last two weeks.

In the end, we missed the FW altogether due to poor planning, and I spent all that time obsessing for nothing. This cycle, I’m going to be more proactive the first two weeks and take OPKs to figure out when I O. BD like crazy, whenever we want to all throughout. And afterwards, I *swear* I’m just going to let it go and wait until AF is due to test. If you want to understand your cycle and how to optimize your odds each month, Fertility Friend is a great resource for that.

For us, the laid back approach will be best for the forseeable future. No temping or charting, and no more OPKs once I figure out when I ovulate. I can’t spend literally half of each month for God knows how long obsessing over something that may or may not have happened and over which I have no control at that point.




Post # 6
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@riss519:  Unless you know of any specific reasons you might have trouble conceiving.  Relax.  Your body is built to conceive and carry a baby or our species would cease to exist.  Take your prenatals.  BD every other day or every two days and have fun.  There is no need to make a chore out of TTC without having some fun first!

Post # 7
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

P.S. A lot of women conceive the first month of BCPs and there are no studies showing it’s bad for the baby, only that it can affect setting an accurate estimated due date.

Post # 8
4468 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@riss519:  Definitely try to relax and not put a ton of pressure on yourselves. I took evening primrose oil pills before both pregnancies and I got pregnant on the first/second try.

Post # 10
2174 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Read this sticky:

There’s a link in there as well to all the abbreviation jargon you’re seeing.

It depends on how fast you think you want/need to get pregnant– everyone has a different experience with fertility.  I had my Mirena removed in April and started charting then.  We were NTNP until July, when we decided to actively TTC, and I got KU on the first try, by knowing when I was ovulating and focusing BD around that.  Baby McD is due April 24.

Good luck!

Post # 11
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@riss519:  Relax and have fun, which echos above posters. I would also start eating really well (if you don’t already) as well as doing some exercising. Don’t go nuts with symptom spotting or what you should/shouldn’t eat or what DH should/shouldn’t do, things like that.

Good luck!

Post # 12
6166 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

same as many above.  i am 32 with fibroids.  my gyn told me to just have fun for the first 3 months and see what happens.

taking the prenatal vitamin is all i am doing.  i eat healthy and exercise regularly anyway.

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