We’ve been TTC 16+ months so unfortunately I have a lot of TTC experience
– Personally, would totally suggest doing a preconception check up. You can identify things that are easy to correct that could keep you from getting pregnant.
– On that note, I’d suggest being as healthy as possible. If you have any health concerns or issues, get those under control before getting pregnant. Healthy diet, exercise, all that jazz. Way easier to have good habits going into pregnancy than starting once you’re already pregnant.
– Personally, I’d just do SMEP when you’re first trying. I personally found that the easiest (and got pregnant doing it). You don’t temp but use OPKs. Temping is great, but its definitely a commitment that you may not need straight up front. I personally find OPKs (and my RE has us using OPKs) as a low stress way to chart. You can’t confirm (as with temping), but chances are that you’re ovulating if you’re getting clear positive OPKs every month.
– Save reading on all the infertility stuff until you actually need to.
– Don’t forget to spend time keeping your marriage strong. Whether it takes you 1 month or 1 year to get pregnant, it can be a crazy time that can test your relationship. Don’t forget to keep your relationship rock solid while you’re on the crazy journey
– I use the nature made prenatals. Both my RE and OB haven’t been picky on the brand as long as they have all the vitamins you need. Prenatals before you get pregnant are definitely a must so stock up. You can try different brands or different times of the day if they make you sick.
– Cheapie OPKs are fine, but if you want a clearer answer, I like the clear blue ones, too. My RE requires you to use the Clearblue ones with either the smile or open circle. She says the flashing smile is bullshit, so skip the extra fancy ($) ones
– Once you’re ready to test, I personally suggest trying with just the cheapie wondfo or clinical guard tests you get on amazon. They’re cheap and if you go nuts, it doesn’t waste too much money. Once you think you see a line, spring for the First Response Early Response tests (FRER). FRERs are the best, but they’re like $7 each so they can add up quickly if you test multiple times for a few months. Don’t waste money on any tests with blue lines, blue dye is notorious for false positives (aka, you’re not pregnant but you get a line).
– Be sure you like your OB! If you hate your OB now, you will hate them even more when you’re pregnant.