Post # 1
Hello again lovely bees!
nearly two years after a heartbreaking miscarriage, My hubs and I have finally decided we’re almost ready to TTC again. He really wants a Dec baby so I am getting my copper IUD out in two-ish months. We plan to really hit TTC hard when the time comes. He is so so excited and totally on board which is a switch from last time. (He was on board but I was leading the charge)
My questions are: what vitamins are best for Conception and how much do I take? What else can I do to help conception got smoothly besides the usual?
And, I have a very low BMI (17). I stopped eating sugar and lost 20lbs in about 6mo. I have no plans to start eating sugar again but I do plan to work out, specifically weight train, to try to gain The 10 pounds needed for a healthy BMI.
Does anyone have any tips for healthy weight gain besides eating more? I eat a lot of whole foods and I have a lot of diet restrictions: gluten free, no processed foods, no soy, no refined sugar, low dairy.
For reference, I temp, chart, I’m 24 and will probably use OPKs This time. Also, I will be using a midwife and don’t really plan to go to the doctor before TTC. I had my hormones tested in Dec and after working out I will have them retested before TTC.
Sorry this was so long. I’m really excited. Thank you for your input!
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Post # 2
For prenatals, I take the Nature Made ones from Costco, with DHA. I might switch to something more natural once I know I’m pregnant, but my doctor told me any prenatal is just fine, as long as the folic acid is there. It is ideal to start taking them at least 3 months prior to TTC, up to a year before even. The vitamins won’t necessarily help you conceive faster, but in the event you do, having them in place will allow for a healthy pregnancy and baby.
I also have a low-ish BMI, 18.5-18.9. My general doctor recommended upping the healthy fats, like nuts and avocado. My OB, on the other hand, was not concerned at all, since this has been my weight my throughout my adult life. She explained that, if you are your version of healthy, that is what matters.
Temping and charting, along with OPKs are a great tool. For me, they helped me really learn my cycle and understand what to expect. On the other hand, I started to over analyze due to my “goal-oriented”, type A personality and have dumped it all because it started to create more stress than it was worth. Different thing work for different people! I wish you the best in your TTC journey!
Post # 3
I know you said you don’t plan to go to the doctor before TTC, but I would recommend doing so for a physical. Also, you probably want to have them check your immunity to German measles. I found out AFTER I was pregnant that I was no longer immune, (despite having been vaccinated). I will be vaccinated after I have my baby, but she won’t get as much immunity transfer from me.
The vaccine cannot be given during pregnancy, and you should not TTC within four weeks of receiving the vaccine due to risk of miscarriage/birth defects. If you find out you’re not immune, you can get vaccinated now while you’re still TTA.
Post # 4
i’m taking Jamieson prenatals with DHA supplements… but as PP said, simply folic acid is probably enough.
i’m also on the low end for BMI (a little under 19) and I’m trying to gain weight (healthfully) just to improve my chances. I second eating nuts (almonds and almond butter are best) and avocados for healthy fats. I also recently switched to 2% milk and greek yogurt. I don’t eat a ton of dairy since I’m lactose intolerant, and when I have in the past, it’s always been 0% fat….But I read recently that full or high fat dairy aids in conception. Not sure if it’s true, but giving it a shot.
Post # 5
My husband is a pharmacist and he says the generic prenatals are just as good as any of the brand names, so that’s what I use.
As far as BMI relates to problems getting pregnant, the real concern is not the actual weight but the body fat percentage. So gaining muscle doesn’t really help with that (though is still a great thing to do!) If you’ve got a very low body fat it can make your ovulation/period cycles wonky. Are your periods regular now (if you aren’t on BC)?
Given your dietary restrictions, I think your best bet would be to increase healthy fats. Nuts and peanut butter would be great. Or things like using full fat olive oil based dressing on salads.
Post # 6
My BMI was just under 19 and I was diagnosed with hypothalamic amenorrhea. I’m cutting way back on exercising (just walking and yoga is ideal) and trying to gain weigh. I’ve gained about 2 pounds but have more to go. My advice is get off all birth control now and just use condoms till you’re ready. They really can’t diagnose HA until you’ve been off birth control for at least 3 months, and if you have it, it’s a long process to ovulating again. A BMI of 17 and diet restriction are not good for reproductive health. Some people are just naturally thin, and they are usually fine, but if you diet and/or exercise, it can be a problem. Read up on HA too.
Post # 7
Thank you all for your responses. My periods are regular and I definitely ovulate and have a nice long luteal phase so no issues there.
good to know about the BMI.
Im naturally thin but when I was eating a bunch of crap all the time (I had a major sweet tooth) I was a lot pudgier. my moods and periods have been markedly better since quitting sugar. I eat basically a paleo diet but with more grains and dairy.
I’m going to stock up on avocados, almonds and yogurt today and just try increasing good fats as much as possible. I am pretty sedentary so I do want to start a light exercise program at the least.
Ill just take a regular prenatal and not worry about anything fancy Right now.
Thank you all again! Hopefully I am posting two pink lines in the near future!