(Closed) expecting to expect…

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
801 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Go see your ob/gyn.  Tell him/her about your plans and likely they will put you on a prenatal vitamin to help get you in the right place as well as provide some other advice concerning exercise (start doing now what you would like to be doing while pregnant so you don’t try something too strenuous), diet, etc.

Post # 5
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Ruh roh! If you don’t want to go to the ob/gyn, you certainly aren’t going to enjoy the constant appointments after you conceive, m’dear. It’s always best to seek medical advice before you embark on something as major as pregnancy…

Post # 6
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

If you don’t want to make a special trip to the ob/gyn I believe you can do a “preconception appointment” with your family doctor if you’re more comfortable. They will probably advise you about taking prenatals, reaching a healthy weight, do a blood test to make sure that you are immune to chicken pox (and rubella I think?) and address any other health issues you have. Heck, you don’t EVER have to see an OB if you would be more comfortable giving birth at a birth center or at home you could begin seeing a midwife. Many midwives also do well women care so they could do your annual appointment. I think the best thing to do is just start reading as much as possible about fertility, pregnancy, birth, etc.  

Post # 7
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Definitely get Weschler’s book Taking Charge of Your Fertility.  It will tell you everything and more that you ever wanted to know.  I asked my doctor and he really just told me to start pre-natal vitamins!

Post # 8
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’m in your same boat! We are thinking about TTC in the next 6-12 months. I bought “What to Expect Before You’re Expecting” and it’s a great book – lots of info on what you need to do to get you and your hubby’s bodies and lifestyles ready for a baby.

Post # 9
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I second Weschler’s book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Literally the best money I have ever spent in my whole life. If I hadn’t bought the book and started charting before TTC, I never would have known I had a fertility problem.

Post # 10
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

Def. get used to seeing your ob! 

I saw mine before – she put me on prenatals, suggested I make sure I stayed in good shape, and did some blood tests (certain ethnicities should get tested before they get pregnant). 

Post # 11
256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Yeah my doctor just said the same thing about prenatal vitamins and not worrying too much about things. I didn’t go to an OB until afterwards since my general practicioner did my annual exams, so you can probably go to yours if you feel more comfortable with him/her.  I read Taking Charge of your Fertility but didn’t get a chance to chart before we got pregnant, and I also recommend The Fastest Way to Get Pregnant Naturally. Both informative reads and beneficial to you as a woman. The latter recommends getting off the pill (if its your BC of choice) 3-6 months before tryign to conceive (and using a barrier method of contraception in the meantime) if you have been on for 10 years or longer, in order to get your body back to normal, and the author talks about weight gain/loss in order to facilitate conception as well as some other issues.

I have friends who are Jewish and chose to do genetic counseling before trying to conceive, so depending on your genetic background it may be beneficial to meet with an OBGYN rather than your GP.  Good luck!!

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