(Closed) TTC-folic acid, dental care and prenatals, anything else?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Dental care? What is special about dental and TTC?

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Have you gone to your doctor and done any genetic testing? Or addressed andy medication you may be on and how that could interfer?

@PinkMagnolia- You cannot have any extensive dental work while you are pregnant, usually it’s just cleanings, so if you have to get teeth pulled, root canal, or even just extras you should try to before ttc.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@PinkMagnolia:  Gum disease occurs more often during pregnancy, and gum disease is also linked to pre-term births and low birth weight. It’s best to get a good cleaning before TTC.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@cjfs:  Are you up to date on all your vaccinations, especially rubella?

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@roxy821:  

Ditto on the dental care. Anything that will require you going under is not recommended during pregnancy. I had a wisdom tooth pulling scheduled during a TWW period and opted to reschedule for a non anesthesia procedure just in case I was pregnant. At that point I was not but I felt it was better safe than sorry since there’s no proven research that it does or does not affect the fetus.

And in terms of cleanings it’s actually recommended you get routine cleanings during pregnancy. But during the first tri with morning sickness you are not going to want to lay backwards and get cleanings!

Start weaning yourself off/lowering intake of caffeine if you’re a heavy coffee drinker.

Start eating healthier.

Schedule a pre-conception visit and they’ll make sure you’re up to date on all vaccinations.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

i just went to my preconception appointment and because i keep active, up on my health stuff and already started taking prenatals, my doctor just said, have fun and don’t be discouraged if it takes longer than you think!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Immunizations, particularly Rubella!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@BirdofaFeather:  

Didn’t realize you will soon be TTC! Congrats & good luck!

I remember you from my wedding plannin days under Gerbera (icon was a big red Gerbera)! 🙂

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I did have a preconception appointment and had some testing done (to make sure I was up to date on immunizations, check for any thyroid issues, and check to see if I was a genetic carrier for a few things), but lots of people choose to skip this step.  (If you would keep a baby no matter what, it probably doesn’t make sense to spend the money on preconception genetic screeenings…)

Some other things you may want to think about:

  • start a good workout routine so that you will be able to continue working out when you get KU (most doctors do not recommend starting a new routine or ramping up exercise during pregnancy, so you want to already be in a good place)
  • start a regular yoga practice – this will keep you strong, focused, and relaxed as you start TTC
  • make a simple list of things you enjoy doing or have always wanted to do – and won’t be able to do while you are pregnant – and then go do them!  These could be big things (my husband and I went to China and India this year) or small things that make you happy (I have been making sure to eat sushi and drink champagne while I can).
  • take a fish oil supplement.  Fish oil is really important for brain stem development, which occurs in the first weeks of pregnancy, so my doctor recommended that I start this supplement when I started prenatals.
  • have a honest conversation with your husband about your plans, TTC expectations, and how you can best communicate your hopes and frustrations with each other.  TTC is STRESSFUL and can be really hard on a marriage.  I really wish that my husband and I had sat down and had a heart-to-heart about our feelings and expectations before we started TTC so that we would know what to expect from each other and had better tools to communicate about our struggles.  (I don’t think, FWIW, that you need to have a conversation about what would happen if you are unsuccessful at this stage, but some people do – and you should do what feels right for your marriage.)  Once you start TTC, remember to give your marriage as much or MORE attention than you give TTC.  You will thank yourself, I promise.

Finally, I would definitely recommend going off the pill at least a couple of months before you start TTC.  I know doctors have different recommendations on this (mine said I didn’t need to wait at all), but it has been my experience that A LOT of women take some time to get back to a regular cycle after BCP and I wish I had given myself a few more months off hormones so that I would be less stressed about my “cycle number” now.  If you plan on charting, I would also recommend starting to chart as soon as you go off BCP – you will learn a ton about your body and give yourself the best shot at conceiving quickly.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Read Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Best book ever!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We made sure that my husband and I were up to date on all our vaccinations. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@regberadaisy:  yes! i totally remember you! congrats on your little one on the way!

 

yeah, it was totally weird to say it out loud to my doctor. she’s younger and had a baby recently and i told her, i just don’t feel old enough, even though i know i am! we both laughed about it and she was very comforting to be one of the first people i’ve talked about TTC IRL.

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