Post # 1
I’m getting married next year, and I want to start TTC shortly after. I’ll be 28 when I get married, and I feel like the clock is ticking! My “life plan” was originally to have my first kid at 26.
Should I make a doctor appointment before the wedding? How far in advance do I need to see a doctor before going off birth control pills?
Post # 3
There was a post about this, last week I think – the concensus seemed to be that you should start prenatals at least 3 months before trying and see your doctor 3-6 months before trying,just to make sure everything is on the up and up :-). Hope that helps!
Post # 4
My ob/gyn started me on prenatal 6 months before we started TTC. I would go with at least 6 months.
Post # 5
some people also recommend not TTC right after going off the pill, but I don’t remember the reasoning…we used condoms for 7 months after going off the pill, charted my cycle, then got pregnant my 1st try (along w/ other changes to diet, etc etc)
Post # 6
Why wait? Go ahead and see your doctor as soon as convenient. There are lots of things that you can do with your body to give your child the best start possible, even WAY before conception. Mr. & I waited until a month before our wedding (also wanting TTC soon after) & learned that I have a case of fibroids (not uncommon) for which the doc recommends surgery (rather uncommon, but nothing to lose sleep over). The surgery is rather invasive (but a good precautionary measure to try to avoid miscarriages that can be common with women who also have fibroids my size) & will require 1 month of rest (no going to work, no working out; but okay to walk around & do day-to-day activities) & 6 months of healing before TTC. Had we gone to the doc much earlier, all of this could have been taken care of before we were married & on our honeymoon. It’s not too much of a setback, & I’m happy that we found out early enough to do something about it rather than possibly go through miscarriages, but it would have been fun to conceive our child on our honeymoon.
Also, the most important part of pre-natal pills is folic acid, which is commonly found in daily vitamins made for women (like Women’s One-A-Day), so taking a daily vitamin now can give you a head start that doesn’t “require” your doc’s prescription. Good Luck!
Post # 7
I saw my doctor last October during my usual annual appointment, she gave me the run down of what they preferred for timelines for taking prenatals, getting off the pill, etc. She told me to make my next appointment at 8 weeks pregnant.
Post # 8
I just talked to my OBGYN at my regular Well Woman before we started trying. I would imagine that would be fine unless you have specific health concerns/issues. It seems like you have awhile before you want to start trying so I’d just bring it up to her/him the next time you’re there. Mine said to start prenatals 3 months in advance of trying. And if you’re on hormonal birth control you may want to give yourself time to get back to normal. I was regular as soon as I went off but have read that some people take months or even a year to get back to whatever normal is for them. I’d also recommend just generally taking good care of yourself (diet, exercise). Good luck with the wedding and baby! (And I’m pregnant for the first time at 33. Wasn’t my original plan but sometimes it takes awhile for a Hubby to get here.)
Post # 9
given your timeline, I would just bring this up at your next regular check up. Then you can discuss any testing you might need (for example, they run blood panels on some people based on your ethnic background), discuss prenatals, diet/exercise, when to go off the pill, etc.
It seems like a good idea to get off BC at some point in advance of actively TTC to allow your cycle to regulate and for you to learn when you ovulate (if you want to really try, vs. just let it happen!). Some doctors do believe that some people are especially fertile in their first month off BC (and a potentially higher chance of twins too!).
Post # 10
I go annually for my pap smear and exam, so I just asked my OBGYN about it the last time I went (in May). He told me because I haven’t had any issues down there so far, I don’t need to come in for an exam specifically for that purpose. He just told me to get off my BC at least 3 months before we start trying, use a backup method for those 3 months, and start on my prenatals at that time, as well. I go every year, so if we start trying before next May and we have no luck, I’ll just talk to him about it then.
Post # 11
I just got off the pill 2 weeks ago and made a preconception appt. with my gyn. I will be seeing the doc in two weeks, before I TTC. I also got my dentist appt. done with which is a good idea cause they say they cant do alot of dental work while your prego. I havent seen a MD yet for a physical though. I wonder if I should?
Post # 12
I just asked my ob/gyn at the annual well-woman visit. I said we wouldn’t start trying until at least next year but should we decide to go for it, I asked when should I come in. She told me it wasn’t necessary if you’re healthy, just stop taking the pill and start taking pre-natal vitamins a few months before TTC and have fun, relax.
Sounded good to me.