Poll: How soon did you start prepping for TTC?

posted 3 months ago in TTC
  • poll: When did you start taking prenatal vitamins, stop drinking/smoking, and/or eating healthy?
    1 year : (5 votes)
    11 %
    6 months : (17 votes)
    36 %
    When we quit preventing : (20 votes)
    43 %
    Different times (will explain) : (5 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 16
    804 posts
    Busy bee

    I’ve been taking prenatal for over a year, but I also was on iron supplements and it was a good switch. The same amount of iron in my prenatal as my supplement, so it kind of worked out. Otherwise, I probably would have started 3 months before TTC.

    Post # 17
    6922 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    Charting does seem kind of stressful and overwhelming to me. Our plan is to just go for it without any charting and see what happens. If it isn’t happening and we get impatient then we will add it in.

    Post # 18
    2032 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I’m only starting to chart (not super intensely yet) because I’m a weirdo and love tracking and graphing things. It makes me less anxious having an idea of what my body is doing, but I can understand how the opposite is true for most people who aren’t graphing weirdos. 

    Hemnes :  what are male conception vitamins? I haven’t heard of those before. 

    Post # 19
    1855 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I started taking prenatals three months before, but we didn’t do anything else to “prepare”. I came off the pill early last September and conceived about two weeks after that. I definitely didn’t stop drinking or anything. I am super active and just kept up my regular workout routine (hot yoga, cycling, weight training, HIIT, and body weight workouts). I didn’t change my diet either – I am a vegetarian and I avoid dairy.

    I’ve been lucky during pregnancy as well (at almost 40 weeks now) and haven’t missed a workout or had any weird food aversions or cravings. I did a FitnessBlender low impact cardio routine this morning along with a total body strength training video! I think if you aren’t doing regular exercise or eating well, this is a great time to make those changes, but I wouldn’t stress too much. Your body will do what it’s going to do. A week or so before we conceived, we went on a vacation with our friends and relaxed in the sunshine, drank delicious drinks, ate amazing food, and had the greatest time. I think being relaxed and happy contributed to our having quick success conceiving (though isn’t the only reason).

    Post # 20
    4294 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I started taking prenatals 4 months prior, but we were planning on starting to TTC 6 months after beginning prenatals.

    Post # 21
    275 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I chart my cycles and have done for a few years, it’s the only way you can really 100% confirm you’re ovulating. 

    Also there was a recent study which tested 100 of the apps which claim to pinpoint fertile days, and only 8 of them were correct!

    I would highly recommend reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility which can really help you understand when you’re fertile and when you’re not. 

    Post # 22
    381 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I started prenatals when we started trying. I didn’t stop drinking until I got my BFP. Ours was a long journey and tbh you can’t put your life on hold for TTC. 

    Enjoy yourself and have lots of sex. Remember there are lots of women out there who get pregnant without trying, they have healthy babies. My friend didn’t find out she was pregnant until 14 weeks – she was drinking and baby was ok. I got stonkingly drunk the week before I got my BFP (Eurovision is my favourite day of the year and love the points drinking game) 

    Post # 23
    6393 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Dispite our ages we wanted to be married before ttc. About 3 months before we both started taking pre conception vits. I read up a bit more on cycles and used a tracker app and ovulation sticks just to check I was ovulating when I thought I was. 

    Didnt change diet or anything but I’d been off hormonal BC for over 15 years and had regular easy periods. 

    We started ttc from our wedding. Got lucky about cycle 4 if I recall (and one of those months I was working away during my fertile days). 

    Baby due any day around my 40th birthday. Husband is 42. 

    First pregnancy for us both. 

    Post # 24
    298 posts
    Helper bee

    I started taking folic acid when we stopped using contraceptives.

    Had a chat with the doctor and told her we are ttc and she didn’t tell me to take prenatals because you don’t know what your body is missing. So I had blood tests and everything was in order. 

    Post # 25
    1157 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    We are planning to TTC right after our wedding next September. 

    I am planning on getting my IUD removed in summer of next year (we will use condoms until we’re ready to try) and start taking prenatals around that time.

    My period is super wacky with my IUD…so I will use a period tracker of some sort when I get it removed to get an idea of what it will be like once i’m totally of BC. 

    I rarely smoke or drink so that won’t be an issue, I will quit completely before our wedding in preparation of getting pregnant soon after (fingers crossed!).

    I’ve been working towards cleaning up our diets…but that’s a long battle…LOL. 

    Post # 26
    1157 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    Twizbe :  I second this 🙂 LOL

    I got pregnant with my son (unknowingly!) in December and went out as usual on new years eve and had MANY drinks….literally two days later found out i was pregnant. My son is healthy and smart as can be.  🙂

    Post # 27
    600 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I started taking prenatals 3 months before TTC, never smoked, ate pretty healthy for many years, stopped drinking the day I got my BFP in mid January…I had stopped my BC pills on Thanksgiving, had one NTNP cycle and then got our BFP on our first cycle of actively trying.

    Post # 28
    9122 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I generally try to eat healthy so that wasn’t a concern.  You should do it regardless.  I didn’t stop drinking until I got BFPs.  I actually didn’t find out with my first until I was 8w along so I was drinking as normal until I found out.  Bizarre circumstances- I was off the pill for 1 month, had unprotected sex once, had a “period” which was actually implantation bleeding, and then went back ON the pill until I found out when I missed that next period (the withdrawal bleed from the pill).  So I really was pretty shocked when I found out I was pregnant as I was “on” the pill that month and we didn’t realize I was 4 weeks farther along until months later.  For prenatals, I would do 3mo minimum but no harm in 6mo or 1 year.

    Post # 29
    991 posts
    Busy bee

    We aren’t doing much prepping per say. We already stay pretty active and eay healthy, non smokers. I am going off of BC this month so we will “officially” start trying in August 2017.

    We have bought some stuff already, though! We found an amazing deal on an unused pack n’ play that we couldn’t pass up and also on a car seat. 🙂

    We’re taking one last big vacation next week before officially trying to start.

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