(Closed) TTC breakdown explain please

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
3378 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

First, I’d suggest you go read the “TTC – What to expect” thread (it’s one of the stickies on the TTC board).  It explains a lot of the basic and the most common acronyms (and the comments are super helpful, too):


As far as your other questions, Darling Husband and I aren’t TTC yet (a few months off), but we for sure aren’t telling our parents we’re trying.  We’d rather just give the happy news when we have it to give and are ready to share.  Especially if it takes awhile, I don’t want parents wondering every time they see us.  My BFF knows we’re getting ready to try, but she’s the only person I’ve talked to about it.

You don’t have to see your doctor before TTC, but there are some good reasons to.  I basically used my annual well-woman visit this year as a chance to talk to my doctor about getting ready for pregnancy.  I talk to her about any concerns I had, and we did some tests and vaccinations (all the STD tests they would do once you’re pregnant anyways, plus my MMR titer and TDAP vaccine).  If you have any health conditions or concerns, it’s important to talk to your doctor about getting them under control or changing out/weaning off of medications that aren’t safe for pregnancy.

If you’re looking for more info, I’d also recommend the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility.  It’s basically the charting Bible, but even if you don’t plan to chart, it does a fantastic job of explaining what’s going on with your body and how you’ll want to pay attention to your body and time things while you’re trying.

Good luck!

Post # 5
7649 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@masterteee2013:  They will mention it in the thread above, but download Fertility Friend, which will help you track what that post will go through, and make sure to take Fertility Friend’s courses. They were a God-sent for me because I, too, was lost half the time. Not so much on abbreviations, but the whole temping and charting thing.

Post # 7
3755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

No it’s not bad, I hadn’t really heard much about temping/charting before the bee. I also came here for wedding stuff and got sucked into the TTC threads and probably started trying earlier than we’d planned because of it!! 

Post # 8
5660 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@masterteee2013:  You really don’t have to do most of this stuff, at least not right off the bat! Those who are temping and charting tend to have been TTC for awhile and are making sure they are ovulating and timing their attempts based on OV. If you are just starting and you just want to make a go at it, all you really need to know is when your “fertile window” is. Which really is about two weeks after the last day of your last period. Just go for it! If you go a few months without a positive and you want to start getting serious, then you can start with all of the serious stuff.

Post # 9
1531 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@masterteee2013:  No its not bad! Most women dont know about it until they are trying to get pregnant.  Actually alot of doctors dont tell you about temping.  I went to my doctor for my annual during my 2nd cycle of TTC.  She didnt mention anything about ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) or taking my temperature.  She asked if I noticed discharge and if I had gotten my period and then told me to be patient and everything looked and felt normal.

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