(Closed) TCC Prep thread. Diet, suppliments, stress relief, exercise, going green.

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We are going to start TTC late summer/early fall. I’ve been trying to work out at least 3 times/week, i’m taking a multivitamin with folic acid, I got off my prescription acne washes and am using all natural products for my face. I also plan on purchasing what to expect before your expecting and will be making an appointment for a pre conception visit.

I’m also planning on having the time of my life with my friends and Darling Husband this year!

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@Audreysdance: We sorta did the opposite from you and went with the Weston A. Price Foundation’s fertility diet.  It worked for us, because I got my BFP on my 2nd cycle off BC and I thought it would take us a while (we were NTNT).  Its a very high-fat diet, comprised of pasture-raised, grassfed organic meat and eggs, bone broths, wild seafood, full-fat dairy, grassfed butter, coconut oil, and probiotics.  Darling Husband and I both did it because WAPF believes both men and women need to be on a high-nutrient diet for optimal fertility.  We’re taking fermented cod liver oil and grassfed beef liver tablets, and before our BFP I also took Vitex.  I eat a ton of yogurt and drink kombucha daily, as well as 1-2 glasses of full fat local milk daily.  We eat a lot of veggies and sea vegetables too (nori, seaweed snacks, etc), and fresh fruit, all organic.  We get our fruits and veggies from a CSA delivery, and shop at our natural food store for almost everything.  I don’t know if its the diet, but I’ve experienced almost no symptoms so far, other than lightheadedness if I don’t eat every 2-3 hours. It IS expensive however.

We also threw out all our plastics, are using glasss and stainless steel for everything, and switched to a water delivery service, which brings us fresh spring water.  We are avoiding fluoride and switched toothpastes, as well as the water.  I haven’t switched my shampoo and makeup, but I rarely wear makeup anymore, so its not a big deal.  I mostly use coconut oil for a moisturizer (but make sure you have dark sheets, bc coconut oil stains white sheets).

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Wow.

Good luck with that.

In all seriousness, I really hope that you get your BFP right away and never have need for this advice, but here goes:  make sure you are letting yourself be a little bit flexible.  TTC is hard.  Really, really hard.  It runs your emotions through a cheese grater, adds a ton of stress to your marriage, and makes you question every decision you make.  It can make you feel like less of a woman and turn a happy, smart, confident woman into a pile of self-doubting nerves.  Make sure you are taking care of *you* somewhere in that plan.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@septcabride:  I’ll have to second septca on this.  I do everything right, most of which is on your list, and i’m still entering cycle 10.  Some of the hardest days are when I feel that I’ve done everything right.  And some days I know that because I’m doing everything right, one day I’ll get my BFP, so I’m glad.  Like septca said, I hopeyou do all of this and get your BFP quickly so you don’t have to question it.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Wow! You ladies are hardcore! All I’m doing to prepare is stop taking the pill, start charting, cut down on alcohol and caffeine, start taking a prenatal, and keep up with working out at least 3 times a week. My goal is to keep it simple for at least a few cycles. If we run into trouble at that point maybe I’ll consider doing more.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m not making many changes, these are things I’ve already been doing for a few years:

  • Use mostly natural cleaners (Seventh Generation, Method, vinegar & baking soda)
  • Eat well (kind of a cross between Primal and Weston-Allen-Price-Foundation) – like MrsStrawberry1 mentioned too, I’m kind of the opposite of you here
  • Use glass Pyrex dishes to store and microwave food

For TTC, I also started/altered:

  • Supplements (prenatal vitamins, fish & krill oils, vitamin D)
  • Cut down on coffee and alcohol

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I eat a low GI diet, cut dairy out of my diet (this is not necessarily a good fertility choice for everyone, I just found that it helped me personally), try to get some physical activity in every day, cut out most processed foods, started drinking green tea, etc.

@septcabride:This.

I’ve done most of the things on your list too, OP, and problems still arise. Like Septca and Lotam said the fact that I’m “doing everything right” makes the lack of success much harder on some days. However, sometimes it makes me feel better because I feel like I actually have a *little* control over what’s going on. It’s REALLY good that you’re doing the yoga/relaxation things. Yoga has really helped to keep me sane.

Something else I’ve done that isn’t health related but definitely has helped me is switching a lot of my focus to my husband. When I start feeling down about TTC I plan a date night for us (doesn’t have to be expensive…a picnic at the park has been one of them). After taking that time to step back and focus on my relationship with him I’m always able to put things in perspective and be grateful for what I do have now instead of what I’m longing for.

ETA: I also take prenatal vitamins and B6.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Wow, that seems like a huge amount of stuff and like it might possibley create extra anxiety and take the fun out of TTC. I kind of tend to think that if you are exercising and taking prenatals you are good to go, but that is just me.

Post # 12
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5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

P.S. There are mixed thoughts on flax. March of Dimes recommends against it.

Quote: “Flaxseed is a source of omega-3 fatty acids. But some medical experts recommend that women avoid flaxseed and flaxseed oils during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Some animal studies have shown that flaxseed can be harmful during pregnancy. Little research has been done in humans. But because we know so little, it’s wise to avoid flaxseed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.”

Source: http://www.marchofdimes.com/pregnancy/nutrition_omega3.html

 

I know several dog breeders (I show one of my dogs in AKC, so I know a lot of breeders) that won’t feed their dogs food or supplements with flax because breedings weren’t “taking”; when they switched back to food/supplements without flax, things were normal again.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@Audreysdance: I think you have the right attitude, its about doing the best you can and leaving the rest to God.  I definitely have my junk food moments, but its a good feeling to know that you are taking care of YOURSELF, and that the end result is making a healthy place for a baby.  I think because my nutrition has been so good lately, I’ve been actually way LESS cranky and moody and crazy now that I’m pregnant. 

Oh, and I forgot to add: Get as much sleep as possible!  Cutting out the caffeine was miserable for a while, but its forced me to have to sleep more and I feel so great because of it. 

As for exercise, I just try to be gentle and get my heart going a little bit every day.  Darling Husband and I just like to take walks and talk.  Its very relaxing.  He also gives me nice footrubs and backrubs before bed and that makes me a happy, relaxed noodle.

Good luck!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@abbyful:  Excellent point. 

Same with red raspberry leaf tea, green tea, caffeine, alcohol, intense exercise, iron supplements, full-fat dairy, pineapple core… the list goes on and on.  I did not mention this in my first post because I did not want to come across as [email protected], but nearly all of the things mentioned are based on shaky evidence.  In fact, the only thing that has been conclusively linked to lowered rates of fertility is BPA, and thankfully many manufacturers are working to remove phathalates from their products.  Most doctors and researchers admit that they have no idea what makes some women get KU quickly and others not.  You just have to do what makes the most sense to you and for your family and hope for the best.

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