Post # 1
Hello My Lovely Bees,
My husband and I have decided to start trying for a baby in December. I have a non-hormonal IUD that will come out late November/early December.
What did all of you do to prep for having a baby?
Supplements? Doctors appointments? Old wives tales?
I’m interested in hearing ALL of them!
Post # 3
First of all, congratulations and good luck to both of you and of course have fun! That said, my husband and i just started trying but i have been preparing since last year. I called my OBGYN and she told me when to get off the pill. She told me that it is recommended to be off the pill for at least two months before trying. Then, i went to my internest and cardiologyst and a full physical blood work, i have a heart condition, so i am just over careful about preparing. Long story shot, i am in good health other than my heart condition. Now, that my OBGYN, my internest and my cardiologyst know that iam trying, they all will have to work hand in hand once i am pregnant. Well, that’s just me. Again congratulations :)))
Post # 4
Started prenatals. Aside from that, I didn’t really do anything special.
Post # 5
Started prenatals! You can never start them too early. I also worked with a nutritionist to get my health and diet in check. And as my hubs and i are both jewish, we had to do the jewish panel blood test (jews carry some heridatary diseases….but BOTH parents need to have the gene)
Post # 6
just commenting to come look again later
Post # 7
I got some Materna a while ago to try and get my hair and nails decent for the wedding as I’m still on BC. I didn’t end up taking them in the end. We just got married and won’t be ttc till next spring but wondering if you ladies think Materna is okay? Hoping OP won’t consider this threadjacking as it might help both of us!!
Congrats on knowing when you will start and it is soon OP!!
Post # 8
I have been TTC for 3 months, I started taking a Pre-natal and Folic Acid about 3-4 months before we started 🙂
That’s about all I did, I did go to my regular doctor afew months ago and had routine blood work taken since I do have some health issues.
I am taking some medication that you wouldn’t want to take while pregnant, but my doctor told me because I am TTC I will find out early on and we can change the meds when I get a BFP. If your on any medication just bring up your TTC to your doctor just in case 🙂
Post # 9
I heard it is good to go to the dentist and get all your dental work taken care of before!
Post # 10
I was taking a multivitamin that included folic acid for over a year before (regular women’s one a day), then switched to a prenatal right before TTC. I asked my doctor about it at my last visit and she said to give it one month off the pill before we started trying (I gave it 4 just in case).
I try to eat healthy anyway and I see the dentist regularly, both of which are important but haven’t changed. And I weaned myself off my coffee addiction, though I still have some.
Then, I was also charting my cycles (temps only, mostly) to avoid before we were TTC, so Im continuing that now, but its not necessary if you don’t want to get into that.
Post # 11
Thanks SO much for responses. They have all been very helpful.
I have been taking folic acid, but I was start on prenatal vitamins and start to cut back my coffee intake (which will be HARD).
Luckily, I can tell when I’m ovulating. It’s like I have a sixth sense!! 😉
Post # 12
@mrs.stormylove: Good to know! I’m actually going to the dentist this afternoon!
Post # 13
I’d query that advice about the pill. A lot of women are MOST fertile right after they come off it, like in the first 1-3 months, so it’s really weird they told you to wait 2 months.
Post # 14
@Moomin: I second this from what my ob/gyn told me. I think it depends on how old you are, how long you’ve been on the pill and your health in general.
If you are a healthy, younger woman (pre-30 or 35) my dr says it shouldn’t take your body long to bounce back into ovulation mode. 😉 I know many women who donate eggs are supposed to be on BCPS for years, right after they get off it’s easiest to collect eggs because they are most fertile. Strange but good to know!
I just started TTC with hubby this month. All I did was call up my lovely ob/gyn and have a pre-pregnancy meeting. She then put me on a whole bunch of sample prenatals and I intend to keep taking them one a day from here on out. A lot of birth defects due to insufficient vitamins can happen within the first few weeks of pregnancy! (crazy to think about how early it can happen!) The first few weeks are crucial for development for the baby so it’s important to get on prenatals during this time vs. after you find out you’re pregnant.
Other than that, you should be good to go. 🙂
As long as you’re up to date on shots, dentist appts, and your yearly gyn check up, there shouldn’t be anything standing in the way of starting the TTC process.
It’s a lot of information but I’m with you on this! Just now figuring out ovulation and the rest after being on BCPS for years. Good luck!
Post # 15
@maylove2012: me and you both! Lately I’ve been super aware of my caffeine intake/alcohol intake. Even if I have the windows open and the neighbors are smoking like chimneys outside our apartment building. D: I think it’s good to get into healthy habits now, as soon as I get that BFP I’ll have to learn how to be in careful momma mode anyway- I think it’s good to get used to your unhealthy attitudes or habits as being second to the baby’s well being 🙂
Post # 16
I did a few things:
* got the book “Taking Control of Your Fertility” and started charting so I knew what was normal for me which will make the pre-TTC doctors appointment that much easier
* started taking pre-natals
* cut down on the caffiene and alcohol and kept up exercising and a healthy diet
* stopped microwaving plastics (I know, I should have done that years ago) and switched to organics
* indulged in a few things I won’t be able to have while TTC (i.e. sushi, lunch meat, soft cheese)
* went to the dentist
* got up to date with the shots
* started doing yoga weekly to deal with stress
I guess I’ve been doing a lot, but we have known we are going to TTC in January since May, so I’ve had a lot of time (and am starting to get antsy).