Post # 1
My husband and I want to try to begin TTC in minimum 2-3 months time. I really have NO idea how ‘fertile’ either of us are and if we will have any issues. My identical twin sister had 0 issues getting pregnant but also had her first at 20, second at 22 and third at 23 and is now trying for a 4th at 24 (she’d be 25 by the time she gives birth). I don’t want to have THAT many babies all at once, though I love all her little munchkins 🙂 I am however wondering if there are things that both my husband and I can do before we begin trying. I’m particularly wondering about myself and if there are things I can do, maybe supplements I can take that just improve my health and begin preparing my body even now. We try to eat fairly healthfully and organically, so that is very important to me and I am also excercising but I don’t know if there were any specific things I could do to prepare my body?
Post # 3
@rachiebliss: Welcome to the wild world of TTC =) Congrats to you and your husband. Now is the perfect time to prepre your husband’s little swimmers, because it take about 3 months for sperm to be created. Have him start taking a multivitamin with at least 15 mg of Zinc – vital for sperm production. Also, begin to work toward cutting back on alcohol and obviously smoking and stuff =)
For you, continue eating healthy, exercising, and maybe purchase the book Taking Charge Of Your Fertility. Do you chart you basal body temperatures, monitor your cervical mucous, or use ovulation predictor kits? Here is a website to improve egg quality in 90 days. It has a list of supplements you can take. I personally take a large majority of them myself =) It was designed for people doing IVF, but hey, whatever improves the quality of those ovum is okay in my book.
How to Increase Your Egg Health in 90 Days
Congrats again and welcome =)
Post # 4
Here are a couple of other sites for you:
http://www.fertilityfriend.com/ : This is what some of us use to chart our basal body temperature. I personally did not purchase Taking Charge of your Fertility. I learned all about charting from this site, which is free, but I purchased the VIP membership. You get a trial VIP if you want to try it. =)
http://www.naturallyknockedup.com/ : This is a site all about foods/vitamins/minerals/supplements for fertility.
http://www.babyhopes.com/ : This is full of articles and things =)
http://www.early-pregnancy-tests.com/ : A lot of use purchase ovulation predictor kits/home pregnancy tests from here. There’s a lot of other things for fertility on here as well. I find the reviews very helpful.
Post # 5
If you’re prone to low or slow rising vitamin levels (like me, I have a condition that can impede absorption) you can start taking prenatals now. I started about 3 months ago and we are planning TTC in about 3 more so it’ll be on them for 6 months. My doctor described it basically as a beefed up multivitamin and since my health benefits cover them 100% I figured why not.
Other then that, eating healthy which it sounds like you do, exercise to keep your body strong for the grueling 9 months that you will put it through and I would say start to taper off caffeine because A- it’s not going to help TTC and B- you’ll have to stop fairly abruptly if you make the decision to cut it out during pregnancy which can be tough.
I also recommend fertilityfriend.com, I started charting there and it’s super helpful. Our bodies are pretty interesting machines and it’s funny how many signs, or body changes you don’t pay attention to when you’re not charting. I know so many more things about my body and fertility then I ever did and I’ve only been charting a little over a week.
Best of luck to you and your DH!
Post # 6
I am on the exact timeline as you– we will start in Aug/Sept.
I would definitely recommend taking either a woman’s multivitamin (with at elast 400 mcg folic acid) or prenatals start now. Since you already eat really healthy, you can probably just take a regular woman’s multivitamin until you actually start TTC, but there is no harm in taking the prenatals now, other than that they are more expensive. I am also tapering down on my caffeine– I used to have at least 2 big cups of coffee a day, sometimes more, now I’m down to one a day and will go down to not every day in the month before we start trying.
You certainly could start charting now– I am, and we use it loosely for birth control right now, but it will definitely help when we starting TTC, but I don’t think it is absolutely necessary. it’s great for people like me who can’t stand the not knowing, but if you don’t want to or it will stress you out, I wouldn’t.
Oh, and stop any hormonal birth control. You probably already know that 🙂
Post # 7
I just had a physical and asked the nurse practitioner about this (although we won’t be TTC for a year or so). She said to start on the prenatal vitamins at least 3 months before we TTC
Post # 8
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Ooh we’re talking about a similar timline (maybe, possibly 🙂 )
Like everyone else has said, start on prenatal vitamins. If you’re already on a good woman’s multi, definitely supplement your Folic Acid. This is key during the very beginning stages of pregnancy- it supports cell growth and division.
NIH offers these pre-conception care tips: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/preconception_care.cfm
And WebMD offers guidelines for choosing GOOD prenatal vitamins (I keep reading not all prenatal vitamins are created equal… my recently BFP friend’s doc put her on precription prenatals) http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/prenatal-vitamins
I think the NIH site covers this but get a check up at the doc if you haven’t had one recently. If anything is amiss it’s better to treat a condition before you get pregnant and if you need any shots get ’em done now.
yay TTC! Good luck 🙂