(Closed) Preparing the body for pregnancy

posted 9 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
1016 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

This is a great question!  I don’t know the answer(s) but I’m in the same boat as you and I’ve been taking multivitamins with folic acid (only 100% RDA – maybe I should be taking more?) and trying to be good about exercise (a work in progress).

I’m looking forward to see what everyone else has to say!

Post # 4
1408 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think I was reading on one of the baby posts before this board came out that doctors recommend starting to take prenatal vitamins 6+ months before trying to conceive to help prepare your body. Otherwise, what you’re doing- working out and getting fit, trying to lose weight, taking your vitamins, eating healthier, all sound like great ideas! Maybe you can start tracking your cycles and figure out when you ovulate now too, so you can get pregnant sooner (by making sure to have lots of under the sheet fun during the best times, like when you are ovulating!) You might also want to talk to your doctor  or gyno about what they think would help your chances. When you should/could stop using birth-control to conceive when you want to, etc. Maybe ask/check to see if you have any underlying conditions which will make pregnancy difficult or getting pregnant difficult. Its better to know before things go bad! I am not planning to get pregnant in the too near future, but its always good to know how to if you want to! ๐Ÿ™‚

Good luck!

Post # 5
940 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

My fiance and I will begin trying on our wedding night, or maybe even slightly before. My future sister-in-law recommended this book:

Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler.

I’ve also started taking prenatal vitamins.

Good luck!

Post # 6
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

OOOO, there was an article in Glamour I think in October (Nov?) that talked all about this. They suggested making a trip to your doctor to get your blood checked and get the dish on vitamins (not that you can’t find that out onlien but IMO it’s always good to let your OBGYN yu’ll be TTC and what you can do NOW).

Eat heathy, exercise (you don’t want to try to get IN shape during pregnancy, you want to STAY in shape. And that means not adding more weights to your routine). And work on your core!!! That’ll help out immensely.

Otherwise, relax =]. Enjoy the preparation period.

Post # 7
2856 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

My best advice would be similar to ejs in that make an appointment with your OBGYN to make sure you are first healthy to start and make sure there aren’t any forseen issues. The vitamins are important especially ones containing folic acid and iron. I am preggie now and my doc suggested 2 Flintstones vitamins a day will get me all the vitamins I need except it lacks in Calcium so I needed to take that as well. But you discussing this with your doctor will be best.

I don’t know of any planning books but I do like “You and a Baby” by Dr. Oz and What to Expect While Expecting.

Good luck and happy planning ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We’re going to be trying then too!  I’ve scheduled an appointment with an OBGYN appointment but not until March.  I’ll probably do a bit more research before I meet with her.  I am usually so equipped with knowledge when I go into something life changing but with this, I have very little info! 

I’ve been told that there are test to predict ovulation, but how do they actually work? 

Post # 9
1091 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

I have no advice, but just wanted to say I’m so happy for you jhphi! and amazed that you’ve been able to decide which country to have babies in – we struggle with that and we’re no where near TTC!

Post # 10
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

Yes talk to your obgyn! she will have advice, prescribe prenatals, possibly do blood work, etc. I  would go ahead and see her now as she can give you the best advice.

once you are off the pill, you want to start keeping track of your cycle to help with TTC. you can chart your temps or use ovulations kits.  Also being in shape before you get pregnant is really helpful to staying in shape while pregnant and labor.   and starting good nutrition is a great idea too ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

my doctor said that the month after you get off your pill is the time that you’re the most fertile! just a fun tip!

Post # 12
3252 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

def talk to your obgyn and rabbit is right….start taking prenatal vitamins now…like right now. you can get them at gnc….i bought mine at target.


Post # 13
451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Staying in shape is definitely key and getting on the prenatal vitamins. I had my son 3 years ago and I was in the best shape of my life. It not only made pregnancy easier but labor and delivery were a lot easier than most as well. I didn’t need to have an epidural and my dr. said it was due to being in such great shape, it helps with your pain tolerance. Don’t let yourself over eat and at least walk often to keep up wiht your body!!!

 So I am a strong believer that if you keep up yoru cardio and fitness you will not only feel good throughout your pregnancy but afterwards as well!!

My fiance and I are planning on trying for another starting our wedding night  too ๐Ÿ™‚ Best wishes to you and your hubby.

Post # 14
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

You’re getting great advice here.  I just wanted to add that you should take care of other life care maintenance things now.  Go to the dentist and get your Xrays done now if you are due for a cleaning.  You can’t get Xrays or much dental work during pregnancy (unless its’s an emergency). See your regular PMD and make sure they don’t have any recommendations for you.  (Mine did).

Have a strong money saving plan and budget, and take any vacations to places without a strong medical system now!  We planned a trip to Cuba, but had to change our destination because of the pregnancy ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
1944 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yea! We start TTC in March or April, just finished my last round of bc last week! I started taking prenatals last yr bc suprisingly they are the only vitamin I can stomach. I was told  to have one with a little extra iron in it as well. I cleaned up my diet and started to decrease my heavy workouts to running and yoga or pilates, my dr said I was excersing too much! Another thing I did was I cut out any alcohol, which I have already gotten some negative comments about. Whatever! Just have fun with it and dont stress! Definetly track your cycle and your ovualtion schedule since that is info you will need to know when the time comes! I am very curious how my cycles will be since I have been on bc for what seems like an eternity! Good luck!

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