(Closed) Starting TTC to 2 weeks!!! Need some advice/help

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
6699 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

hogoboom2012:  You will encounter tons of information the more time you spend in this board, which is great, let me summarize it the best I can.

Charting: Basically charting means taking note of a few things, when you get your period, when it stops, your daily basal body temperature (BBT) at the same time everyday, checking for your cervical mucus, cervical position (not everyone does this, me being one of those), talking ovulation predictor kits (OPKs). There are other things to check but this is what most of the charters do. Now, a lot of charters use Fertility Friend to track and chart their cycles. You can get a free version that is pretty much all you need or you can get the premium version for less than $30 a year if you get a discount and includes more features.

Charting can help you with:

1) Learning about your cycle length

2) Know whether you ovulate or not and how late

3) How long is your luteal phase

4) Check for any spotting mid cycle, pain related to ovulation, etc.

5) If you’re trying to get pregnant you can get a better idea on how many days past ovulation you are, what is the best time to test, and note if your BBT stay up for longer than you would expect.


Taking Charge of your Fertility Book: It’s a great tool for everyone, startes and those of us who have been charting for a while and need to get reminded of a few things here and there. It’s totally worth to read it. It’s a great reference and has become the charter’s bible. You can always just barrow it and see it for yourself. Fertility friend also offers some online courses to help you chart your own cycles.

Feel free to join the Charters’ thread . We have a group of ladies that are very knowledgeable and would be happy to answer any questions as well as check your chart if you need help decoding it. Good luck! 🙂



Post # 3
787 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You should start taking prenatals three months before you begin TTC. It is especially important for baby during the first couple weeks/months that you have high levels of folate/folic acid in your system to help with spinal development. Hopefully, you’ve had blood tests done recently, too, to figure out anything deficiencies. My doctor said I was anemic and have a poorly functioning thyroid, both of which can cause miscarriages. It’s better to get that stuff fixed before TTC.

Post # 5
1069 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

anonybee0810:  According to my doctor, starting folic acid and supplements one month in advance is fine and should still build up enough reserves for baby.

Post # 6
828 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1995

Since you have PCOS, I’d have your doctor check for the MTHFR gene mutation.  If you have it (60% of the population has a variation), folic acid is not good for ypu.  You would need the natural version of methylfolate. 

Post # 7
787 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

hogoboom2012:  Penang1885:  Yeah, I suspect every doctor has his/her own opinion. Mine said at least three months is the recommended. Shrug!

Post # 8
1152 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

With respect to prenatals, my doc said just get a regular multi with folic acid in it until you conceive, and then switch to the prenatals, which are more expensive.  Her theory is that most of the vitamins that you don’t use, don’t build as reserve: you pee them out.

Post # 10
13 posts
  • Wedding: March 2014

My doctor gave me a prescription for prenatals so it didnt cost me anything, so you might want to talk to your doctor about that.

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