(Closed) Pre-planning for TTC

posted 9 years ago in Babies
Post # 17
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@missjyc: I was so nervous of going off the pill too, but I actually felt great when I did! It was like I was back to my old self. I had been on them for 9 years too, but I didn’t have any terrible side effects. It took 3 months or so for my periods to get back on track (as in me having a real one ~once a month) and at first they were really close to one another (like 25 days apart) and super short. About a year later, I finally started getting my “normal” period (though still lighter than when I went started BC when I was 16), and I think everything is how it should be now. Good luck with the transition!

Post # 18
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My DH and I chatted about all of this last night. I thought he might be freaked out when I start taking Pre-natals a year before we even want to get pregnant, let alone go off the pill!!!! He wasn’t! He agrees it’s good to plan ahead. I will be going off the pill in 2 months, starting vitamins ASAP, and buying TCOYF soon 🙂

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s kind of crazy how different the information is that our doctors give each of us! 

Mine only said to get off birth control for 3 months and to start taking prenatals once I’m off the pill. I’ve never heard of anyone around here getting tested for anything or getting anything but the flu shot. No one goes in for preconception visits, either. I just told my doctor (last time I went in for my annual exam) that we would probably start trying soon and he said, “make sure you take your vitamins.

And to the OP: 

I’ve been off the pill for close to 3 months now, and have had a bunch of randomness take place. I was on the pill for 9 years. 

1. My hair is falling out in chunks. 

2. I have gained 10 lbs that doesn’t want to budge.

3. I am constantly, and often painfully bloated

4. My periods include cramps now (never had any on the pill).

5. My cycle stayed normal…ie I’ve had my period when I was supposed to (this is a good thing).

6. Too Much Information alert: My nipples hurt so bad during ovulation.

7. I am always hungry

8. I am always tired

I will say that it now seems like these symptoms are finally plateauing and perhaps my hormones will start to even out a bit soon. My doctor said not to worry until after the 6 month mark, and then they might test me for any hormone or thyroid issues. She assured me that all my syptoms are common side effects of coming off BC, thought. 



Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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@regberadaisy: I also read what to expect before you’re expecting. Great resource and it gave me lots of questions to ask my doc during my regular visit.

I also just picked up what to expect when you’re expecting – the first chapter re-caps pre-conception preparation and just gives good ideas on changes you can make now so when you get pregnant you don’t need to make those big diet-changes then.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I wish that I had started charting my temperatures daily. 

My first cycle off the pill seemed totally normal to me.  This 2nd one is already 35 days long and I am so bored of waiting for my period.  

Post # 22
2022 posts
Buzzing bee

My doc said to go off the pill when we were ready to TTC (nothing about waiting 3 months to TTC).  I too had been on for about 10 years.  I would say, however, in retrospect, I would have gone off the pill at least 3 months before TTC.  Primarily b/c your body is pretty out of whack the first few months and it takes a while for your cycle to regulate.  Off the pill, my period cramps are much worse AND i now have more of a sweet tooth.

I also went on prenatals about a year before TTC.

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