Post # 1
Hey bees! This is my first Not Wedding Related post! Fiance and I are getting married in 18 days, and we want to start TTC pretty much right away. I am currently on BC, but plan on getting off in December/January. I have a gyno appt in December as well. It’s for my annual, but is there anything I should ask her or talk to her about before TTC? I have been on BC for 12 years, and I’m so nervous that will affect my ability to get pregnant. I’ve been trying to start tracking my periods to figure out the ovulation, but it all seems so confuisng to me!!!
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley
If you want to start TTC right away, you should get off of BC immediately. It can take anywhere from immediately to 12 months to regulate after you come off of BC.
Begin taking prenatal vitamins now.
Tracking your BBT and CM is a great way to confirm when you start ovulating after coming off of BC. I was lucky enough to ovulate the first month off of BC (was on BC 9 years), but did have several annovulatory cycles before finally getting pregnant after 12 months.
Best of luck to you! 🙂
Post # 3
There’s not really a point in tracking your periods while on BC because you don’t ovulate. You may have some wonky cycles after going off of it, but it shouldn’t affect TTC.
There’s not really much they can do until you start trying – she’ll probably tell you to start a prenatal now, and if you don’t get pregnant in 6 months to a year they will do testing.
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
Glow is a great and simple app to get start with tracking, but it wont help much for actually getting pregnant since it’s not a real menstural cycle when you’re on hormonal birth control.
The two big things to start doing is taking a prenatal (or at least folic acid) and ask your doctor to run an immunities panel to see if any of your vaccinations are expired – this is super important because you can’t get most vaccinations while pregnant and your immunity is what protects your baby for their fist few onths until they’re old enough to be vaccinated on their own.
Also, if you have any bad habits like smoking or excessive alcolol/caffeine consumption, now is the time to start addressing those so they don’t hinder your changes of getting pregnant or harm your baby when you are.
Post # 5
I just went off BC in September when DH and I started TTC – I was on it for 13 years. I have only had one period since going off, and my cycle was longer than it usually was when I was on. I also had some weird symptoms, but figured it was just the hormones. That only happened the first month, and this month I haven’t noticed anything out of the ordinary. We’re only on Month #2 of conceiving, and either AF will show up this week or I’ll be testing next week.
i am pretty sure we missed the fertile window this last month, but that’s trial and error.
I had my annual last April, so WAY before we started planning. My doc said to start taking prenatals mainly. Go buy (or find a copy) of Taking Charge of Your Fertility. It’s great info, even just to get to know your body. I learned alot.