Post # 1
To help break in the new Babies board– a question!
My husband and I will be TTC starting in the summer of 2010, and I am working on getting my body in a better condition (losing weight, increasing fitness, improving nutrition), to help increase the odds of getting pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy. Do you have any tips or resources (books, links, etc.) to share, to help those members of the hive who are pre-planning? Thanks!
Post # 3
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
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! 🙂
Post # 5
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.
Post # 6
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
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 🙂
Post # 8
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
- 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
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 🙂
Post # 11
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
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
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 🙂 Best wishes to you and your hubby.
Post # 14
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 🙂
Post # 15
Thanks for all the advice, ladies! Very helpful to me and anyone else who browses the new board. I’ve started on the prenatals, but I need to get a new ob/gyn once we return to the US (my previous doctor left soon after I moved to the UK). I will definitely make an appointment right when we get back (things work a bit differently here, and you don’t see an ob/gyn for wellness visits). I’m making sure to get regular cardio workouts, and have gotten back to Body Pump class recently. Other than that, we’re just enjoying being newly married, of course!
Post # 16
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!