When to start TTC?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
  • poll: When do you think is the best time to TTC?
    Try now! You know you are mentally and physically ready, school and career will fall in line later : (19 votes)
    48 %
    Wait until you graduate! Don't risk being too sick to finish school or too pregnant to be hired. : (9 votes)
    23 %
    Wait until Spring so you can still get hired becuase you won't be showing much : (4 votes)
    10 %
    Wait until you start your career. 32 is young , You went back to school for a reason! : (8 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @MissContent:  If you can afford to do it now then I say to do it.  It took me over two years to find a full time position after I graduated and passed the licensing exam I needed for my job.  Who knows how long it will take to find a job and then feel comfortable or established enough to start TTC?  Your pregnancy may prevent you from getting a job but not being pregnant doesn’t guarantee you will find a job either.

    Post # 5
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    459 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I think you should wait until you graduate.  Planning for a baby might be a distraction to your studies in more ways than one.  I would say get school entirely out of your mind and our of the way first so you can soak up the whole pregnancy experience and not be stressed out by exams etc.

    Post # 7
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    284 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I am currently in a similar position as you… I’m also 31 y/o and I am making a career change (being laid-off) and I also just started a side job in personal training. Both of these situations make me want to hold off on starting to actively TTC (just cycled off my BC). My view is that you will never have perfect timing and you also cannot predict how long it will take to get pregnant. It may be 1 month or it could be 2 years. I say start trying if you are planning to have more than one child b/c unfortunately the harsh reality is you cannot reverse age! Every other factor is your life will find a way to work itself out.

    Post # 8
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    3280 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We are planning on TTC so that the baby will be due right after graduation from my masters program. I’m not too worried about being able to focus on studies while pregnant as I feel I’m pretty good at school. I am slightly concerned about getting a job while pregnant, but I figure it will all work out. I’m much more concerned with my family than with my job. If it takes awhile to find a job, no biggie. Honestly there’s never a perfect time to TTC so I say do what makes you happy!

    Post # 9
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    177 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I am in almost exactly the same situation. I will graduate next spring and we will probably start to TTC then, regardless of my job situation. I don’t think there will ever be perfect opportunity career-wise to TTC, but I still want to graduate before the baby is born.

    Post # 10
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    1787 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    If you both are emotionally and financially ready now, I say go for it!  There’s no guarentee how long it will take you to get PG, just as other PP’s pointed out that there’s no guarentee how long it will take to find a job once you graduate.  I’m sure there will always be something that is not quite ideal in your life that wil make you question if it’s the right time.  Personally, I’d rather have a baby and take time to get back in the groove before leaping into a new career, so I could focus more on that versus being pregnant/worrying about delivery/caring for a brand newborn.

    FWIW, I’m working full time and taking 2 classes this semester that end on 12/20 and we’re due 12/31.  It might be a tiring December! 

    Post # 11
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    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @MissContent:  I would start trying now. I really like your waiting to start your new career until the baby is a few months old plan!

    I worked in infant care up until I got pregnant, and we got SO many 6 week olds with hysterical Moms (actually openly sobbing) about how they should have taken more time!

    Post # 15
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    1787 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @MissContent:  No, not in school during first tri, but I was working full-time. However, I do have a few other friends that were in school while pregnant and they seemed to have managed just fine.  Will you be trying to go to school and work?  I think as long as you have a balance where you’re not in school full-time and working full-time while pregnant, hopefully you’d be ok (?).  But I’m sure that also depends on how tough your studies are.    

    I was only exhausted for about 2 weeks suring first tri, and had absolutely no nausea.  I’ve probably had the easiest pregnancy ever, which I truly do this in part is due to one’s mindset (no time to be sick and tired…gotta stay positive! Wink).  Of course, you really can’t control that, but I think that has helped me. 

    The other thing to consider is how many kids you and your DH want, and when you want to be “done” having kids.  That helped us decide and is a strong reason as to why we changed our “life plan” and started TTC earlier than we initially wanted to. 

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