Post # 1
so, i just want some advice from a third party here. we are getting marriend june 5th this year, we have been together for 3 1/2 years already, and we are planning to start trying to conceive in september. i just want some honest advice on what to expect and good reccomendation for what i can start doing now to make sure i’m the healthiest i can be when we do get pregnant…
Post # 3
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 # 4
thanks, i just hate going to my ob!! lol
Post # 5
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!!