TTC newb

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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1263 posts
Bumble bee

Bare minimum trying I would say just sex at least every 2-3 throughout your whole cycle or take note of your fertile CM and focus on frequent sex around the time that you see that. 

You don’t say how you roughly know when you’re ovulating? 

If you want to go next step up I would recommend OPKs. I don’t think they are as stressful as temp taking. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Sex at least every other day during a very generously calculated fertile window, and you should be fine! 🙂

I’m 35 and one of the reasons I’m temping etc is that if we DO have problems, I want to be able to have those data to show a doctor. You can tell if you’re ovulating or not, if the luteal phase (2nd half of your cycle) is too short for good implantation of the egg, etc. Just something to think about. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

mahi :  It’s great that you’ve been tracking your cycles and have a rough idea of when you ovulate. Some people notice that their cycles change when TTC, so I’d extend that fertile window by several days at least so that you don’t miss it if you ovulate late.

I’d actually recommend temping over OPKs based on my experience, so if you do decide you want to do more, look into both and see which one seems better for you.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

In my opinion temping is the best, easiest way to start or prepare for TTC. OPKs intimidated me and seemed very confusing. Temping is super easy and let’s you know if you actually ARE ovulating. I temped for a few months before we started TTC just to figure out my normal ovulation window. Then the month we decided to actually TRY, I didn’t so anything. We just had sex around when I noticed I had been ovulating each month prior. And it worked! Currently rocking my 3 week old baby boy in his bouncer right now 😊

Best of luck to you!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

mahi :  You should definitely start prenatal vitamins early!  A friend who is a doctor shared recently with me that there are some new studies out about morning sickness.  People who had been on prenatals consistently for a few months before conceiving overall had less nausea than those who started prenatals closer to conceiving (or after conceiving).  There’s no published study yet and without seeing the data it’s hard to say how accurate this is, but there’s certainly no downside to taking them early!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

mahi :  I second chicagold :  about starting the prenatal early. I honestly had motion sickness for a few weeks after I started prenatals. If I had started them when I got pregnant, I would have had much worse nausea and would have attributed it all to pregnancy!

I started temping right when we started TTC. It was a nice way to confirm ovulation… I’m a very data-minded person, as well. I started OPKs around our 4th cycle TTC. I hope your journey is short!

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