(Closed) Steps to Start TTC

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I was off the pill for a year before TTC – you may want to talk to your gyno about when you should go off it so that your system is completely back to normal when you are TTC.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

Also, the longer you’re off the pill before TTC, the better you can get to know your body and when you’re most fertile (insert standard plug here for the Taking Charge of Your Fertility book). It can take a while to get pregnant, so just try to not think TOO much (easier said than done, I know!) about things like “It would be so great to be pregnant by X event” because it doesn’t always work out, but knowing your cycle helps to give you the best shot at planning it.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I went off the pill and was pregnant two months later (last pill was the last day of august, was pregnant in oct/early november).  My doctor said there wasnt a danger in getting pregnant immediately, but sometimes it does take peoples bodies a bit to regulate.  Id start taking prenatal vitamns now though, that was one thing he recommended to me. 

As for tips, We didnt chart or any of that stuff.  I downloaded an app to my iphone (FemCal Lite) to track my periods, which in turn told me my fertile days.  Two months later…here we are =o)

Good luck, and congrats on the decision!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

I never was on the pill so never made any TTC to appointment.  I just started to be more strict about taking a multivitamin everyday (that had folic acid in it and iron and all that good stuff). 

Once you do start trying I think a lot of women focus too much on scheduling sexy time, I think it’s better to take after Nike and ‘Just do it’.  I mean you don’t want to only be doing it once a week but as long as you normally have sex every other day then timing should be no problem and I wouldn’t stress about it.  We got pregnant the first month but by the size she was on the first ultrasound it must have been about 2 weeks later than my normal ‘fertile’ window.  We could have figured that out if I charted or did fertility predictor kits but we chose the easier route of ‘just do it’.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

I don’t want to discourage you, but I went off the pill in June and we started TTC after my first cycle. Unfortunately, I’m still not pregnant yet. I’m also still trying to get used to my body being off the pill, and it took time for my body to adjust. So, I would talk to your doctor about going off the pill a little earlier to help your body get used to it.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I dont understand what you mean by you dont want anything to happen? as soon as you stop taking the pill, there are no hormones left in your body, unlike the shot where the hormones can linger for 6 months…but either way i dont see how that would cause any issues int he baby?

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I just had this conversation with my doctor (not TTC, but I like to plan ahead and my insurance only covers one gyno appt/year).  She said to go off BC one month before TTC so your body can have one cycle to try to get back on a cycle, but that if you get pregnant during that month, it’s no big deal.  She also said it’s never too early to start taking a prenatal vitamin to make sure you are getting enough iron and folic acid.  Lastly, she said to take a few months of just having fun with it and seeing what happens before getting into charting, etc. because it is easier to conceive if you are less stressed about it.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@septcabride: Are you sure your insurance only covers 1 visit per year?  I thought the same of mine, but they only covered 1 internal exam (pap smear, etc) per year.  Any other visits were covered so long as there was no pelvic exam.  Might be helpful to check out =o)

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@KellyV: Are you saying you were using the app and STILL got pregnant? I just downloaded an app too to start charting, and I just got off BC a few days ago. We are not TTC. I was just tired of taking the pill (after 5 years), and side effects, blah blah blah…

If you are saying you got pregnant while using the app I’m scared now! Lol

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@KellyV: Thanks!  I need to check that out – I think you are probably right.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

@Camie:  Are you just using the app?  Even if you’re charting your temperature and symptoms I think you’re supposed to give it a few months of charting, especially when coming off of birth control, before it’s more reliable as the sole form of birth control.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@Camie:  LOL NO NO!  We were TRYING to get pregnant!  So I used teh app and it worked according to plan lol.  Sorry to scare you!  But if you’re relying solely on the app, I think it just goes by your typical cycle length and the fact that you tend to ovulate x days after your period.  You can enter CM and temp, Id suggest that until your body regulates.  My first cycle was like 28 days, second was 26, so give it a few months. =o)

Edited to add – I 100% agree with pp (troubled) above me

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My doctor recommended waiting after the first “real” period to start ttc.  Every woman is different.  Some get pregnant right away, others take more time.  Good luck when the time comes!

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I discussed this with my OB/Gyn last appointment and she says her general rule is to know that sometimes there are some residual effects to your fertility from taking the pill, so she advises getting off the pill three months before and either using a barrier method (if you really don’t want a pregnancy during that time) or just seeing what happens, and not getting worried if it doesn’t happen right away.  She also advised starting a prenatal vitamin as soon as we are trying.  Other than that personally I am going to try and stay on top of working out regularly, since I know for the most part if you are already working out regularly you can continue it within limits during pregnancy, but if you are not regularly working out it is not advised you start doing anything new.

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