Post # 16
- Wedding: September 2017 - California
I wish I had started thinking about this serious when I was earlier in my 30s like you are, and it sounds like you are being very thoughtful about when the right time for you will be, etc. I think every woman needs to do what is most comfortable for her and go at whatever pace you like. In my case, I wish I had started temping and charting a couple of years ago, even before I was ready to TTC so I would be more familiar with my cycle. I have only been temping and charting and using OPKs since the beginning of this current cycle and it’s a lot easier than I thought (though I will say that my oral temps seem to be all over the place on my basal thermometer but my skin temps seem to generally be consistent on my Ava tracker). I also wish that I didn’t do the whole NTNP thing for so long (that did result in a pregnancy after many months of doing that, but that was lost to an MC). Basically all this to say I wish I had started thinking about this sooner and started TTC sooner rather than NTNP for the period that I did that. We ideally want to two kids and now that I am nearly 35, I do think about how it gets harder as we age.
Post # 17
I like the Pink Stork prenatals. They’re vegan so no fish products for the DHA.
Post # 18
caligirlinmichigan : I think almost any prenatal is good. I’m currently taking Pink Stork Prenatal and they have folate which is why I like them instead of folic acid (the synthetic form of folate). Both are okay but I prefer it’s original form and they’re all natural.
Post # 19
Something I wish my OBGYN had told me at my pre-conception appointment is that your immunity to rubella can wear off even if you’ve had an MMR booster as an adult. I would talk to him or her about having a titer drawn so you can get the vaccine if you need it. You have to wait a while (I think a month) after the shot to start TTC and you can’t get the vaccine while pregnant.
Post # 20
- Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard
caligirlinmichigan : I took gummies the second half of my pregnancy because I couldn’t deal with so many big pills. They didn’t tell me I was wrong for taking the Olli brand. And after my baby was born they just told me i need to be taking folic acid for as long as I might still be thinking of even maybe trying to TTC again. That’s it. No brand recommendations or anything. Definitely ask your doctor to be safe though. They may have different ideas than my PCM and OB did.
Post # 21
zstbee84 : Yes I keep thinking about NTNP at first just to not put too much pressure on things, but maybe that’s just a waste of my time. Seem like when I’m really serious about getting pregnant it will make sense to temp and chart.
Post # 22
DoubleD : slomotion : Thank you both for the recommendation:)
Post # 23
Do not stop your pakc at random, make sure you see it out to end and then stop! For the acne if anything. I have stopped the pill twice and made the major mistake the first time of stopping it mid month and the acne was crazy.
Post # 24
caligirlinmichigan : My husband is 33 and I am 29. He has had baby fever since we started dating. He basically told me on our first date that he wanted to get married and have a family. We’re going to TTC in April. I have been taking folic acid for a few months. I stopped the pill last month. My acne has not come back and I got my period about a week later than I thought I would, so I have to learn my cycle again. I was always regular but bad at keeping track of it so I ruined a lot of underwear and sheets prior to the pill. I credit my skin to removing gluten and dairy from my diet. These two foods are known to cause skin conditions in people who have intolerances, it’s worth a shot.
Post # 25
rainbowduckie : I talked to my esthetician about my concerns and she told me to go off the pill a few months before I even start TTC so that she can get the acne under control beforehand (she will not do laser or anything once I’m pregnant, only facials allowed). I’m actually already gluten free and mostly dairy free, but I’m extremely oily and I still break out occasionally despite being on the pill and having a semi restrictive diet. I definitely noticed a difference cutting out dairy. It’s probably a good idea to be low glycemic as much as possible as well.
I still haven’t gotten the prenatals.
jemmlove12 : I stopped mid month one time and my acne did go crazy.
Post # 26
- Wedding: November 2019 - City, State
caligirlinmichigan : For a good prenatal, i’ve always been told to find one with lots of folic acid. Also, go for a capsule vs tablet/gummie; it’s way better because they’re not as high-temp processed so you get more of the good stuff 🙂 A reputable brand with FDA regulated facility will be your best bet.
Post # 27
First off CONGRATULATIONS! It’s so exciting that you’re considering TTC. I agree that you should be taking prenatals for about 3 months before. I quit birth control for personal reasons and I felt like it took my body 3 months to get rid of all the side-effects I was experiencing. Also, you should get the app Flo and start tracking your cycles now! It gives you great insight into how your body works and will even show you your fertile days!