What did you do to prepare yourself before/during TTC?

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Make sure you’re taking a prenatal vitamin – having adequate folic acid intake is vital in very early pregnancy, even before most women know they’re pregnant.

If you have any habits that wouldn’t be healthy in pregnancy (drinking lots of coffee, regular alcohol intake), it would be a good idea to wean yourself off of them now.  Early pregnancy is hard enough on your body without dealing with caffeine withdrawal too! (plus, there is some evidence that cutting alcohol and caffeine during TTC helps create a better environment for conception).

If you aren’t exercising regularly, start now – exercise throughout pregnancy is great for lots of reasons, but it’s a lot easier to maintain a routine you’re already used to than to start a totally new exercise routine during pregnancy.

Other than that, enjoy your time together and try not to obsess too much (easier said than done!).  Some people think charting your cycles is too stressful, but that helped to decrease my stress because it took out some of the uncertainty (I knew exactly when I ovulated, how good/bad our timing was, and when my period was actually late).

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

You can get prenatals at any drug store, or Walmart, or Target in the Pharmacy section.  Like SadieBee said, start taking them ASAP!  

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

newbeelove:  You should be able to get them at any drugstore or even your grocery store – they would just be in the vitamin aisle.  It’s a really good idea to start before you’re even TTC – folic acid does take some time to build up in your system, and one of the best things you can do to avoid neural tube defects is have adequate folic acid intake.  I believe the recommended intake for pregnant (or TTC) women is 800mg daily – any prenatal vitamin should have that.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

newbeelove:  It’s really just personal preference which one you buy.  I take the Rainbow Light Prenatal Petite vitamins because they’re food-based, which I like because it’s a more natural source of the vitamins.  But really, any vitamin with enough folic acid will be fine.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

newbeelove:  I agree with PP, any prenatal vitamin with 800mcg of folic acid is fine. My OBGYN says with or without DHA is fine too…there isn’t great evidence either way  whether all women need DHA supplement in pregnancy. Other recommendations would be to get or stay active, eat healthy and don’t obsess over symptoms! (much easier said than done)

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Like others have said, vitamins, stay active, way healthy! I’ve also got my DH taking vit B complex, a multi vit & vit D. Apparently folic acid is very good for men who are TTC too! 

We also got a book to read called “And Baby Makes Three”. It talks about how relationships will change after baby and how to work through that as a couple and nurture your relationship 🙂 

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you’re having stomach troubles I would suggest getting the gummy prenatal vitamins to start with, as they don’t have iron in them. You could always switch to one with iron or take a supplement once you got pregnant.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

For me, it’s all about eating healthy (grain free, dairy free, soy free, processed free), losing excess body fat (lots of it), adding in CoQ10 (for both of us), and starting accupuncture (for my chronic allergy/sinus issues since the meds you can take while pregnant are very limited).

Also, the damage to your intestines (and thus your body’s ability to absorb the nutrients from your food) can take several years to heal after your final gluten exposure. I say that not to be alarmist, but to note that it makes it a bit more challenging to get the right nutrition. Good luck, and I hope you feel fantastic soon. 🙂 

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