Post # 1
Hi Bees! My DH and I just started ttc and I’m being pretty strict with my diet and lifestyle. My only girlfriend that knows we’ve started is telling me I’m going overboard.
I stopped drinking any alcohol and will not unless AF is visiting
I was just prescribed Retin-A, but it’s not been tested during pregnancy, so I’m not going to use it at all
I’m really on the fence about continuing to highlight my hair.
I’m curious…am I going overboard…what are you giving up?
Post # 3
Just wanted to say that highlights with foil are safe because chemicals are not touching your scalp.
Post # 4
@mrsmjm: I don’t think you’re going overboard, but then again, people ususally say that I tend to go overboard so I’m not sure how objective I can be 🙂
DH and I aren’t even going to start TTC until the fall and I’ve stopped drinking. Partly because I want to be healthier and be “baby body ready” and also so when I do start TTC/get pregnant I won’t abruptly stop drinking and have everyone notice immediately! (We won’t be telling anyone we’re TTC, except for 1 or 2 close friends.)
I’m also cutting out a lot of caffiene and refined sugars. When we officially start TTC I’ll probably start restricting big-time, no deli meats, unpasteurized cheeses, soft serve ice cream, etc.
Post # 5
I think whatever makes you feel like you’re being healthy and treating your body well is the smart way to go about it. If that means amping up your fruits and veggies, making sure you’re getting enough calcium and iron in your diet, and cutting out the bad stuff (like added sugar), then I would say you’re not going overboard. I don’t think you need to treat your body as though you’re already pregnant. A glass of wine won’t hurt you. I say this because my doctor told me that the cocktails I had when I didn’t know I was pregnant (I found out literally the day AF was due, so I was only like 4 weeks along when I found out and then I immediately stopped drinking) weren’t harmful to my developing baby because at that point, you’re not sharing much blood supply with the embro. Deli meat won’t hurt you, unless you normally go around avoiding deli meats for fear of listeria. But it never, ever hurts to eat healthy and take your vitamins. 🙂
I would be sure to inject some exercise in there if you don’t already. Even if you just start going on 30 minute daily walks, it’s good for you.
Hilighting your hair is fine. If you’re super worried, ask your salon if they can use a demi-perminant or a vegetable based dye, since those are supposed to be more harmful.
Post # 6
I just started TTC this month, but gave up alcohol at the end of January. I’ve just been trying to eat healthy, drink plenty of water, take my multivitamin and get a moderate amount of exercise. The only other thing I’ve given up is running. I found that my body was very sensitive to it and I basically stopped ovulating and my periods became irregular and that was with only about 4 hours of running per week.
Post # 7
I think it’s probably smart not to do the Retin-A– I never used it, but I’ve heard it’s pretty harsh and can have some major side effects. But, I have never done any research on it or anything, so it’s probably a good one to ask your doctor.
The drinking, not such a bad thing to not drink, but I personally thing you should feel comfortable have a glass of wine here or there until you get a positive. Like Miss Root said, it’s not sharing a blood supply with you right away. You aren’t hurting yourself not drinking though, so whatever.
Even though I know highlighting is supposed to be fine, I would feel a little weird about doing it pregnant. So, maybe now is a good time to get your hair back closer to the natural color 🙂 I have a pregnant friend who did just that, and the rich dark color, combined with the super think pregnancy hair, is gorgeous 🙂
When we start TTC, I plan to limit my drinking but not cut it out entirely, especially during the first two weeks of my cycle, eat regular deli meats, etc, but generally live as healthfully as possible. Oh, and I’m going to limit my caffeine a few months before, since I’m pretty addicted now and wouldn’t want to have to cut back drastically all at once.
Post # 8
I at first stopped doing everything. Then it became depressing to not do anything when I wasn’t getting pregnant. Every time I turned down a drink people would ask if I was pregnant and 8 months of that question got old very quickly. Eventually I just gave up stuff during the 2 week wait. It made for an easier life.
Post # 9
Let me preface this by saying that I’m not TTC yet, but will be this year (sometime after our wedding and after I get a procedure to help w/ TTC). I have some chronic health issues and take a number of medications, most of which I will be going off of in order to TTC. Before we TTC I need to be off of most of those meds as they either aren’t safe in pregnancy or aren’t proven safe (my rheumatologist actually doesn’t want me to take ANY of the ones he prescribes). No alcohol. I actually just asked my hair girl about highlight/dying at my hair appt last week and she said it’s a personal choice. She says highlighting isn’t too bad if it’s not right up at your scalp (she does foils) but she would personally stick with a semi permanent color and a gloss. I’m not yet sure what I’m going to do. I don’t eat red meat or pork, and we try to get organic foods, but I’ll try harder and still continue to limit any meat eating. I’ll also probably limit sodium, but less b/c of any impact to teh fetus and more b/c it makes me bloat up and I doubt I’ll need any extra help with that, especially later in the pregnancy (if I get pregnant)
Post # 10
I was on multiple medications so I talked to the doctor and stopped taking all of them. I didn’t really give up alcohol, definetely limited, but since I didn’t O there was no TWW. During the TWW when I did O, I didn’t drink. Also, I switched from coffee to tea and am now drinking decaf tea.
Try not to drive yourself crazy because you may not get pregnant the first month and you need to be able to relax a little since this could be a stressful time. The way I think of it is especially during the TWW, do what you would do if you were pregnant, but before you ovulate having a glass of wine isn’t going to hurt a baby that hasn’t been conceived.
Post # 11
switched to decaf (I’ll have regular on the weekends) and stopped using benzoyl peroxide on my face!
I know some studies show BP as perfectly safe, but I was tired of the chemical anyway!
Post # 12
Thanks ladies! It’s good to see that other people are super cautious, too.
I never thought about the face that if I drink when I first conceive, the baby won’t get any alcohol. That’s awesome! Maybe I’ll have a glass at book club this week 🙂
I’m generally a pretty healthy person. I exercise, eat a great diet, and take no medications on a regular basis. I just want to give this baby (whenever he/she comes) the BEST possible chance!
Personally, I find it very stressful knowing that your body and what you do with it can literally shape another persons life…I think that’s why I want to be super-strict!
I know that highlights are considered safe, but I’m just so cautious about everything! I think I’ll probably get low-lights if anything, so that my hair can grow out and it will be a one-time shot!
Here’s hoping we have to stop worrying about ttc soon 🙂
Post # 13
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I’m not a big drinker and I don’t like coffee (or smoke), so they are easy to abstain from.
But everything else, well, I kind of do it in moderation. As @mwitter80: said, after a while you just have to go on LIVING. So that’s what I do. 🙂
Post # 14
@mrsmjm: I didn’t stop doing anything. I drank until I got my BFP and I do not regret it. Not only did it help take some of the stress of TTC away by being able to live a normal life, but now that I really can’t drink and am pretty limited in what I can eat, I’m so happy that I will only have to go 9 months without wine!
Post # 15
Well, I went out with some girlfriends last night and had 3 glasses of wine. I’m trying to decide if I should feel guilty or not since I’m in the TWW. I’m glad to see that most people go about their normal lifestyle. I haven’t drank in about a month, and probably won’t drink again for another month. It was nice to go out and relax!