How did you prepare your body?

posted 2 weeks ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper

jemmlove12 :  just generally stay healthy and take your vitamins. There really isn’t anything special you need to do! You can eat and drink whatever you want, go in the sun (with sunscreen, as usual), and really just keep living your life normally. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I’m working on losing 70 lbs. I only have about 20 left to go. I try to eat healthy. I exercise (took up running and am doing a half-marathon in September). I take pre-natal vitamins. I plan on making a doctor appointment a few months before we start trying to make sure I’m up to date on all my vaccinations.

That’s pretty much it. The advice I’ve always gotten is: You don’t need to live like you are pregnant until you actually are pregnant. So unless you have an obvious health issue (physical or mental) you want to get under control I don’t think there’s anything special you need to do.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Prenatals, up to date vaccines, as pp stated, but not avoiding other things until you are pregnant. If you consume a LOT of caffeine you could work on cutting down (I think ~one cup of coffee is fine during pregnancy?) so that you don’t have to cut off cold turkey when the time comes. 

If there is some exercise you want to do while pregnant but aren’t doing now, then maybe get into that routine. Ex. In a low risk healthy pregnancy you can continue running for quite a while, but it’s typically not recommended that you start running. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I had kind of fallen off the wagon with exercise so I started running again. I’ve slowed back down a lot in pregnancy but I’m glad I got into the swing of the gym again prior so that I can at least keep up with it once or twice a week now. Other than that I took prenatals a few months in advance. You also might want to get a dental check up if you haven’t recently to make sure there aren’t any issues that are easier to take care of before pregnancy.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you are on hormonal birth control, I would suggest getting off asap.  My cycles took a long time to regulate after getting off the pill and I think that is part of why it took a long time to conceive our first.  You can use something non-hormonal in the meantime.  

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

LilliV :  Yup!

Made sure to add additional folate and thats it.

Also working on losing 10ish lbs. I know once Im pregnant Im kind of stuck with that shape and gaining from there so I want to start from a good place. Plus it will make it a little easier to bounce back.

 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper

mel2 :  not necessarily! I had some weight I didn’t lose before I got pregnant and then my body basically ate my fat for the first several months. My arms and legs were noticeably thinner as my belly was getting larger! Within 2 weeks PP I was about 5-10 pounds less than my pre-pregnancy weight. However it all crept back on while I was breastfeeding – my baby was losing weight because I didn’t have enough milk and so I slowly kept increasing my calories until I hit a point where I could feed my baby without formula supplementation. I prioritized breastfeeding, but if didn’t I’d have easily kept the weight off! 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Drink HEAVILY every night for (at least) 12 weeks straight, so that you are hungover the entire next day – this will kind of prepare you for morning sickness.  

Sorry, I’m 7 weeks pregnant w/ #2 and miserable right now 🙂

As PPs said, if you have excess weight to lose, try to lose that, otherwise take a prenatal and enjoy your life.  Talk to your doctor about the suggestion to go off hormonal birth control to regulate your cycle. Mine told me not to come off birth control until I was ready to get pregnant or was committed to other types of birth control.  After 17 years straight on the pill, and at 34 years old, I “regulated” right away.  While it can definitely take some people time to regulate, for many people it doesn’t take time, so you need to weigh how much you care about potentially getting pregnant “early” (or, again, how committed you are to condoms, etc.)

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

LilliV :  I know people like you exist… I will never be one of those people. Im petite and healthy weight only through a constant never-ending struggle LOL. I like to eat ALLL the food ALLL the time.

I have two kids and didnt gain a ton with either but I was really young with my first and didnt take pics. I was a little heavy with my second and look it in pics. I want to be a cute skinny pregnant mama once in my life! LOL

(yes this is totally vain and dumb and doesnt matter – but Im already losing weight for the wedding so, in my mind, might as well!

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Folic acid/folate is the most important thing. Brand really doesn’t matter. Start them now.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Don’t cut down on your drinking now if you enjoy a glass of vino or two. 

The golden rule now is don’t live like you’re pregnant until you are. You have no idea how long this journey will be and believe me, life is too short and pregnancy too long to live like it before you are it. 

jemmlove12 :  

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I wouldn’t do anything special except check that your vaccines are up to date, major dental work is done, and start a prenatal. Unless you’re actively damaging your body with drastically bad habits, keep doing as you’re doing. Enjoy life. I’ve been reading the TTC forums for the last three years and I haven’t once seen anyone who is struggling because they drank a daily glass of wine or got too much sun. It’s a big undertaking and this is just the first step in which you really don’t have all that much control over anything. It’s scary and stressful but hugely rewarding when things work out. Good luck!

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