Post # 1
Hi everyone! I’m relatively new to the bee…I was a longtime lurker and finally made a profile AFTER I got married (a little ridiculous, I know), but now that my husband and I have set a time frame to start TTC, I decided to make a new, more anonymous account/profile, so none of my family should happen to stumble upon this. I want to completely surprise my side of the family and 99% of of his side of the family. His mom is really the one that I know regardless of how cute/sweet we make our “surprise! You’re going to be a grandma!” announcement, she will give us a lecture on why we should have waited til we had jobs making six figures, had a house and all that…blah blah blah. It’s really kind of hurtful and sad to me that she always makes comments on how we have no business having kids for at least several more years. We’ve almost been married for 3 years, are completely happy together and have a wonderful and healthy marriage and are not “young” by any means. I am 25 and my husband is 28. He’s in the Army and I work part-time as a caregiver while I am finishing up my Veterinary Technician Degree. He plans on getting out of the Army in about 2 years and finishing up his accounting degree and working in that field. He’s pretty certain about how easily he’ll be able to get a job in that field (family connections, etc.), so that is not an issue for us. Anyway, I am SO beyond excited to start the TTC process around next May!! (He might be deploying again in October, so I want to have a few good months of trying without being majorly pregnant for my best friend’s wedding at the end of June.) Anyway I am COMPLETELY new to this stuff and really don’t even know where to start. Should I stop taking my birth control pills a few months before May and just use condoms until then to up my odds of getting on a more routine ovulation cycle? I don’t know how to chart or even what I’m looking for when I chart. I don’t even know the abbreviations that y’all use on here. So what I’m asking for is maybe a list of TTC abbreviations and their meanings and some helpful info on when I should stop my BC pills and all that good stuff. Thank you for reading this long, crazy post. I’m sure it was tiresome =P
Post # 3
@crazydogmom: Definitely get off the pill at some point before May. Some peole take several months to regulate, others don’t. I’d say maybe around February or March if you plan to TTC in May?
Here’s the link to all of the abbreviations!
Post # 5
@crazydogmom: Oh, PS, I’m a crazy dog mom as well =)
You should think about starting to take prenatal vitamins. American Pregnancy Association recommends all women take a vitamin with at least 400 mg of Folic Acid, and prenatal vitamins have that in it. Some make some women nauseated, so finding which one works well for you would be a good idea.
It can’t hurt to pick up a copy of Taking Charge Of Your Fertility now, or in a few months maybe. It teaches you all about the changes your body goes through in a cycle, temperature changes, cervical mucus (lovely, right?), cervical position (and it gets better!), all the lovely things that charters monitor each cycle to give us an indication of when we may be ovulating.
Exercise is always good, especially because they don’t recommend you up the exercise right when you get pregnant, so getting to a point where you are already doing that several times a week will be good for you =)
I forgot to say in my other post congrats and welcome as well =) Wishing you lots of baby dust!
Post # 6
I would get off the pill soon to get your body to adjust, and use condoms religiously until u r ready to pull that goalie. I would also start pre natal vitamins, as those cannot hurt you!!
finally, I would pay attention to your body these next few months off the pill…taking note of your length of cycles, potential ovulation periods, etc. Then come may, enjoy trying to concieve! I u find u r not getting the result u want, chart/temp, etc!!
Post # 7
I am beyond ridiculous with my dogs. Is it sad that I’m actually a little concerned about having a baby, because I don’t want my dogs to feel less loved/important? I have actually had nightmares about this. lol My friends think I’m insane, because I can barely make it through dinner out without saying “I miss my dooogggssss.” =P
Anyway, thank you both so much for the great advice. It is really helpful, because I honestly didn’t even know where to start. I’ve spent so much of my life trying to PREVENT pregnancy in all ways (lol) and now it’s scary to just “let it happen.”
Post # 8
@crazydogmom: Umm, I definitely have the same EXACT fear about my dogs!!! How am I going to have time for both dogs and a baby? My dogs will definitely feel left out. My friends definitely think I am insane too. My best friend is actually not a dog lady, she hates animals, and she will never understand my love for them. She’s like, lets go to the mall, and I’m like, but wait! My animals! Lol.
We were at lunch with Brother-In-Law and SIL in SF recently… Brother-In-Law asks, “How are the dogs?” And I respond in full-on puppy voice.. “Awwww miss Mo and miss Lee [nicknames of course] I miss them so much….” ANd he said, “Chuck, they are not here, you DO NOT need to use the puppy voice.” LOL