Post # 1
Darling Husband and I have been talking about when to start TTC. We both are very excited about having children, but were waiting on some financial decisions (buying a house, what to do about employment.) We had decided to start trying in February (well, I would go off the pill in February and start to get the hormones out.) BUT, we just got word Monday that the house sale is going through.
Well today, Darling Husband looked at me and said “How about we start trying Dec. 1?” I was so excited and am so ready. And with work, it would be good timing to start earlier than later (school year timing).
So, that’s the excitement part, now for advice:
What books/systems do you recommend for beginning to TTC? A book that explains or helps with charting? I’m not looking for advice on parenting (yet), just on TTC.
Post # 3
I would suggest fertilityfriend.com You can learn so much from that site and lean on some other folks in the community. Plus it’s a great place to keep you temps and they have a smartphone app for ease of plugging the numbers in from bed lol.
Post # 4
Taking Charge of Your Fertility 🙂 And, What to Expect Before You’re Expecting. I also recommend the website http://www.fertilityfriend.com.
Congratulations- super exciting!!!!
Post # 5
Start taking prenatal vitamins. 🙂
Even if you don’t start temping right away at least keep track of your cycle lengths and which day your periods come if you have not already.
Post # 6
I agree with all the previous advice. I like both tcoyf.com and fertilityfriend.com for charting (I actually use both, because I’m crazy) but I initally chose and liked FF because you can sign up for daily lessons on charting emailed to you. I think there was 2 or so weeks of them. And you can sign up your Darling Husband for them too, or at least I did, so he’d have a better idea of what was happening. I also read and recommend TCOYF. It’s much more indepth then the FF lessons.
You can start prenatals now (I get mine from Target), and I got my basal thermometer from Target as well (I don’t remember exactly how much it was, but I think it was in the $6-$10 range). I also use ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) that I get from Amazon.com…they’re dip-sticks, and you can get something like 50 of them for $10-$15 dollars. They’re harder to read than the digital ones, but I also have a stash of the digitals. I test 2-3 times a day with the dip-sticks starting at about Cycle Day 9 (or 9 days after the first day of my period, which is Cycle Day 1), and once I get a positive (the test detects your LH surge which happens right before you ovulate–the line has to be at least as dark as the control line) I confirm it on the digital.
Post # 7
Babycenter.com also has loooooads of information about TTC and pregnancy, and everything! It’s a great resource to start learning 🙂