Post # 1
Hi lovely bees,
I’ve been reading this forum for awhile trying to glean as much information as possible so I decided it’s about time I post!
My husband and I have recently started to discuss babies (yay!) which is great because I am so clucky lately! We have decided to try around the end of this year and I was hoping to get some advice from you lovely ladies.
I am currently on the pill and have been since I was about 17 (so about 8 years). I also would like to lose some weight (approx 8 kilos) before we start TTC – I have booked in with a dietitian to help with this. So I was hoping to get some advice as to when to come off the pill and what else I should do to prepare my body and give us the best chance of getting pregnant. I have read about charting but I’m not too sure how to do it or if its too early for me to even think about that.
Thanks in advance for your help 🙂
Post # 3
There is a sticky on the specific TTC boards called “TTC – what to expect.” I suggest you start there.
Good luck! Fingers crossed it’s a short journey for you!!!
Post # 4
I stopped the pill three months before we began TTC and that was adequate time for me to determine (through charting) that I was ovulating regularly. But every woman is different. I had also been on the pill for about 8 years.
Charting is not as daunting as it sounds. I never got as hardcore about it as some women do. I never used OPKs or checked cervical fluid. I simply kept track of my temps each morning and that was enough to give me a clear idea of when I was ovulating.
It sounds like you’re already looking into a healthier lifestyle so my only other suggestion is to start taking prenatal vitamins sooner rather than later.
Post # 5
Congratulations! One of my favorite times in marriage so far was when Darling Husband and I finally decided on a time to start TTC 🙂 So exciting! Anyway, based on my experience, I think you would definitely want to go off the pill ASAP. It took my body quite a while to get back to normal (4-5 months) after going off BCP. We used condoms for the time being (I know-yuck) while I figured charting out. It took about 2 months of charting for me to feel really comfortable with using that as a method to avoid pregnancy. We charted for probably 2 cycles to avoid pregnancy until we ready to TTC. Then it took us 2 cycles of trying while charting to get our big fat positive! Oh! We also used Ovulation Prediction tests on the cycle that I got pregnant. It tells you exactly when (even if you have an idea from charting-it helps pinpoint the exact day) you ovulate! These are very helpful in my opinion.
I do highly recommend charting early in advance because you get really familiar with your own body through the process and you are more aware of the times you should be fertile. I wish I had charted to avoid pregnancy all along (I hated the birth control pill!). It’s really easy to start- Really all you need is the book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” and it is really helpful if you can download the “Fertility Friend” app, as it stores and graphs all your data for you. I didn’t find it to be very time consuming; I only took my temp every morning, I didn’t chart the CM.
Post # 6
I came off of the pill in March approximately three months before we plan to start. Luckily, it’s been 1.5 cycles already and everything seems to be okay. I think three months is a good amount of time to watch your cycles and figure out what’s going on with your body. I’ve seen a couple people who started TTC right after coming off of the pill and had a couple whacky cycles and I just wanted to avoid that.
Post # 7
It was suggested to me by my OBGYN to get off the pill at least 3-4 months before TTC, so your body has the time to regulate its periods. Also even though you are still on the pill, you can start taking prenatals and also take a trip to your primary physician, just for a general check up/physical. I suggest your Darling Husband does this too. As far as temping, you are to check your temp first thing when you wake up, before you actually get off your bed. Although since you are still on the pill, I am not sure how that could work for you. Maybe once you get off the pill, you can start tempting. Have fun and GL 🙂
Post # 8
Thanks for all the advice ladies! Definitely helped. I’ve decided I’m going to come off the pill as of today (perfect timing as I just finished my last pack) and start charting as of next month!
In the meantime ill just indulge in some baby research 🙂
Post # 9
I would eat really healthy and do moderate exercise. Also take a good prenatal vitamin (I like New Chapter) and some fish oil wouldn’t hurt either. Charting is NOT for me! To me that would cause more stress/ pressure. Oh yeah, and enjoy your SO!