(Closed) Preparing to TTC, helpful hints?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

well, we’re not TTC until april but i started taking prenatal vitamins in november and started doing pilates reformer last june so i can get in shape. i also started charting last month after i got my IUD out. i haven’t really done anything else to preprare.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

i’m new at it too! there is a charting thread called charters of the hive. they can be very helpful. i never actually posted in the thread but i lurked. i set up an account with fertility friend (www.fertilityfriend.com) which is a website that helps you keep track of your cycles. basically, you need to take your basal body temp right when you wake up in the morning before you get out of bed (and it should be at the same time every morning). you also check your cervical mucous which i don’t do as often as i should. there are other things you can check but those are the only 2 that i do. i also got ovulation predictor kits (OPK’s) from amazon so i can test to see if i’m about to ovulate. this thread has some good info about your BBT and CM:

What To Expect – TTC!

 

this is the charters thread:

Charters of the Hive: Part XVIII (closed)

 

i know they can help you out much more than i can! they’re all pros at charting.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I recommend charting (if you aren’t already), definitely prenatals (though I’m not a fan of synthetics which folic acid is – I use methylfolate instead), and I’d recommend to really listen to yourself.  If there is something that doesn’t feel right, ask questions until you get a dr that listens.  Don’t assume that the drs know everything – there is seriously too much out there for them to know it all.

Taking Charge of Your Fertility is a great book to help you learn about charting and how to listen to your body.  www.fertilityfriend.com is a great charting site with easy to use charts.  

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Treejewel19:  I didn’t chart and I got pregnant the first month trying. I used ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) for the two months before, from day 11-16 of my cycle (I’m regular) combined with checking my cervical fluids to pinpoint my ovulation.

If you have the stretchy, clear CM, and you’re within a couple days of when you expect to O, then get to baby making.

You don’t need to temp or get obsessed about it. Easier said than done! But it helps to get an idea of when you’re fertile, and have lots of sex in that window. If you don’t have any luck after a few months, then you could get more serious with charting, or whatever.

on another note, get all your dental work done before you TTC.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@mtnhoney:  I’m not TTC yet but why get all your dental work done beforehand????

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@LilacViolet:  i know you need to get dental xrays done. the other thing i can think of is not being able to lie on your back for the appt. i just had my 6 month appt and my hygenist was pregnant. she said your gums get really sore while you’re pregnant so cleanings are painful. :-/

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

also, if your cycles aren’t regular, charting your temp helps you see a pattern of when you ovulate. it’s not that hard to take your temp in the morning. this is my 1st month charting because i just got my mirena out last month so i have no idea how my cycles will be. charting is helping me figure it out. if i went by what ovulation would be for a normal 28 day cycle, i would’ve been off by about 5-6 days. i ovulated at CD20. you’ll also go through a lot of OPK’s if you assume you’re regular and you’re not. if you know you’re regular or you figure out that you are, then charting isn’t really necessary.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@LilacViolet:  yep, she said it. Because of the x-rays. and having better oral hygiene before pregnancy reduces your chances of prenatal gingivitis. But that’s up to you, as well, taking good care of your teeth.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Treejewel19:  yeah, don’t turn it into a task. stay away from here! haha… just kidding, kind of.

For me, TTC was WAY for planned out than I ever imagined it would be, since I’m married to a woman now. Missing an essential ingredient and all…

I always imagined an earth-shattering simutaneous orgasm where we could FEEL the conception… instead I had a still very romantic moment, with my wife and a syringe. But I could still feel the life force, and I was pretty sure I would get pregnant the first time becaue of the energy I felt. 🙂

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@mtnhoney:  congrats on your pregnancy! your EDD is my best friends birthday and also, virgos rock. 😉

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