Post # 1
I am just looking for any tips or methods for ttc that have worked for people. This month I will be using OPKs and thinking of starting to temp also. I’ve read about BD every day during the window, every other day, lying on your back after, etc, and just not sure what to believe as there is so much out there. Any helpful advice is greatly appreciated.
Post # 2
I’ve just been getting myself as healthy as possible for TTC – taking prenatals, CoQ10, eating healthy, and limiting sugar. I’ve read good diet with a lot of healthy fats and not much sugar is best for conceiving. Staying as stress free as possible is also important.
Post # 3
lovetotravel02092017 : I used OPKs (up to twice a day when I thought I was in my fertile window), the Flo app to track my periods and guess the fertility better. We BD three times during my fertile window (EOD), and hung out with the goods in me until I actually had to use the restroom.
Did that for two cycles and got our BFP.
Post # 5
Relax, don’t stress, try not to focus on TTC. When hubby and I conceived I was not watching my diet, taking prenatals or 100% into TTC. Our first cycle I was obsessive. Our second cycle I was way more chill about it and that’s when it happened. I got one positive OPK, we BD’d once after that and boom.
I seriously believe the more you stress about it the less likely it is to happen. The body reacts to stress very sensitively so it doesn’t matter if you’re healthy or taking prenatals or what not: if it’s going to happen, it will. Don’t get overly worked up about all that stuff.
At the end of the day if you’re fertile you are, if you’re not you’re not. Take in the knowledge that if you both want to be parents it will happen on day, one way or another.
Post # 6
I would say, if you’re the type who wants to, you could start charting. If not, I would try to just start taking prenatals and have lots of sex and enjoy the process!
Post # 7
I have no advice really, as we conceived right away and i didn’t know my cycle. I was taking folic acid for years before conceiving which I think helped a lot. We BD quite a bit that month just because I wasn’t sure when I would ovulate.
Post # 8
Taking prenatals is a good idea, as the folic acid can help with healthy neural development in the early days of pregnancy.
I’d recommend reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility to learn about signs to check in order to figure out when you’re ovulating. Even if you want to take a more relaxed approach and aren’t interested in charting, there’s lots of useful information in there. Another good book is The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant. It’s very readable and has practical advice.
I haven’t succeeded at TTC yet but have definitely learned a lot about my cycle over the past months of trying.
Post # 9
Relax (easier said than done). Make sure you’re getting enough folate. Tracking your cycle (especially temping) can help to pinpoint any hormonal issues.
After that, I think a lot of things that “work” are going to be so different between people. Some people can do nothing differently and conceive quickly, others need to make changes to diet, exercise, or address underlying vitamin/hormone deficiencies to increase their odds. Other women face infertility and none of the “tips” make a difference. For me, I’m almost sure that reducing my intense exercise and switching from a folic acid to a methylated folate prenatal helped, but it’s impossible to know for sure.
All this to say: try to become more cognisant of your own body so that you can learn what works for you. Good luck TTC; I hope it’s a short and easy journey for you!
Post # 10
Have sex, lots of it, several times a month. Have date nights with hubby and drink the wine.
Im only half joking. I spent 3 years of my life TTC (2 children) and the months we got pregnant we just had sex lovetotravel02092017 :
Post # 11
I’ll go against the grain a bit and say that I don’t think it matters at all if you “relax” or not. Personally I never found that advice at all helpful and was far from relaxed the cycle we conceived our rainbow baby.
OPKs can be really helpful, just remember they only predict ovulation (usually O occurs in 12-72 hours after a positive OPK); they don’t confirm it. To confirm O has happened you’d need to temp. But you could always try OPKs for a cycle or two and see how that goes before breaking out the thermometer. As for timing I think every other day during your window is just as effective as every day.
Post # 12
tiffanybruiser : Thanks for saying that, I totally agree! “You just need to relax” is so frustrating to hear.
Post # 13
The cycle we got our BFP we changed a couple of things… of course might of just been luck. We followed the sperm meets egg plan to the letter, used pro-concieve fertility lube, I gave up all caffiene (I drink a lot of coffee and tea!) and I ate brazil nuts every day. Haha. I was charting before but stopped that cycle as was always obsessing over every little temp. I also always propped my hips up with a pillow after BD and lay on my back like that for 10-15 mins.
Post # 14
Thanks for your response. I think we will try the SMEP this cycle. I have a box of OPKs ready to go. I always wondered if lying down after actually helps or not. The last cycles I’ve gone to the bathroom right away, and even then I got a UTI last cycle. mrslauralou :
Post # 15
My doctor prescribed me prenatals although you can of course get them over the counter. I also plan to buy ovulation predictors after our wedding.