when did you start preparing to TTC? poll

posted 2 years ago in TTC
  • poll: when did u prepare for ttc?
    2 years before : (2 votes)
    4 %
    1 year before : (9 votes)
    16 %
    6 months before : (9 votes)
    16 %
    3 months before : (14 votes)
    25 %
    a few weeks before : (7 votes)
    13 %
    I never really did : (15 votes)
    27 %
    other ... explain : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
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    2839 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I think it depends on your situation. If you have health issues to address or bad habits to break, you’ll want to start preparing much earlier than if you’re in good health. The recommendation is to start prenatals three months before TTC, so the folic acid has time to build up in your system, but I’d say if you’re going to have unprotected sex, start them now just in case you have an oops moment. 

    Post # 3
    Member
    852 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I started taking the prenatal vitamins at the same time I stopped the pill. Was pretty healthy before and trying was a bit of a quick decision!

    We concieved the third cycle off the pill and I am now 13 weeks with a healthy baby. (Im 32)

    Post # 4
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    3360 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I went off the pill about a year and a half before TTC (would have been 6 months, but we had to push our timeline back) and started prenatals at the same time.  I think if you’re off the pill, it’s a good idea to be taking prenatals just in case.  As far as going off the pill, you can just stay off now if you want to (in which case I’d really suggest looking into charting – it gives you a great sense of what’s going on with your cycle, and can also help you not freak out about “am I pregnant?!” if your period is late, because you know when you ovulate and when to expect your period each month), or you can start them back up again, but I personally think it’s a good idea to give your body some time to regulate after BC and before TTC (others don’t see the need – this is just a personal opinion).

    Really, I feel like there is no “too early” to prepare – getting pregnant is a big deal, and the more time you take to make sure your body is healthy and as ready as possible, the better.

    Post # 5
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    1678 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    nearlymarriedlass:  If you’re jumping the gun, then I am too! I also turned 27 this summer and DH and I aren’t planning to TTC until next summer, and I am also active and healthy. I started charting a year ago because I’ve always had irregular cycles and wanted to get a grip on what was happening with my body. I bought prenatal vitamins back in February because I read that they’re good for women of childbearing age. I only began to take them regularly this month. 

    I agree with the PPs. You definitely don’t have to start this early if you’re in good health, but I agree with SadieBee; getting pregnant and carrying a baby is a big deal, so it’s really never too early. If you feel comfortable, I would stay off the pill and give your body a chance to regulate on its own. 

    Post # 6
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    1722 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We’re TTC…now?  lol I just finished my last pack of birth control pills.  I’ve started to take folic acid but that’s about it.  At my last physical, I’ve already chatted with my PCP about TTC.  She says I’m healthy and to go for it. 

    Post # 7
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    6502 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

    nearlymarriedlass:  I stopped BC about 1.5 years before we started trying. I started taking prenatals right afetr I stopped birth control. I had my pre-conception appointment about 6 months before we began trying. I think 6 months prior to TTC is fairly good amount of time to have your appointment, start taking prenatals and chart if you’re planning to do so.

    Post # 9
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    6502 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

    nearlymarriedlass:  The pre-conception appointment is mostly to inform your doctor in many cases your ob-gyn that you are planning to start trying and you can use this time to ask questions about things that bother you or have concerns about. For example, if your cycles are irregular, have long periods, spotting, etc, you may want to ask your doctor to test you to make sure your thyroid, hormone levels, and other important health issues are taken care of. Also, if you’re are taking any type of medication, you need to ask you doctor if it’s safe to take while trying just in case you become pregnant. That sort of stuff. Don’t worry, we all had to learn this at some point. 

    Post # 11
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    3360 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    nearlymarriedlass:  Another good idea is to get any vaccinations or boosters you need at your preconception appointment – for example, I had my TDAP booster (tetanus, diptheria, and pertusis), and had my MMR titer (measles, mumps, rubella) to make sure I still had immunity.  Some vaccinations are safe to get during pregnancy, but some aren’t, so it’s a good idea to talk to you doctor about that ahead of time (especially for things like measles and mumps that are really dangerous to a pregnant woman).

    Post # 12
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    6502 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

    I agree with SadieBee:  I think I was a bit sleepy to think of all that when I typed my response, but getting any recommended vaccinations/boosters before falling pregnant is a smart thing to do.

    Post # 14
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    3360 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Since you have a little while until you plan to try, if you want to do a little more research, I would recommend picking up a book.  There are a couple good ones out there (The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant, What to Expect Before You’re Expecting, etc.) that talk about all those things you might want to think about or do to prepare (and that you might not think of on your own).

    Post # 15
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    2704 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    nearlymarriedlass:  I don’t think it’s too early to be healthy and take vitamins… never too early for that!

    I’m kind of preparing? We plan to TTC next fall/winter. I’ve been a lot more active and eating much healthier… for our wedding, but also so I’m in good shape when pregnant. I’m starting to take pre-natals in the next couple weeks as preparation. I don’t plan on going off of BCP until next fall just because I don’t want to conceive any sooner.

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