Post # 1
So originally we were “not trying not preventing” except I started OPK’s w out telling Darling Husband and when I got a smiley face I told him and we immediately tried that day. So now I guess I’m in the TWW and if no BFP our first time out then we are officially TTC…anyway my question is during this “limbo” period what shouldn’t I be doing?
-I don’t drink much aside from one or two glasses of wine a week on the weekend- I will prob skip this during TWW
-I drink 1 cup of coffee OR 1 glass of soda per day around 3pm (need a pick me up!)- can I still do this?
-What ab breathing in household cleaners, using the vacumn and carrying heavy things?
What does everyone else not do? What are your thoughts on what is listed above?
Post # 3
@Ballet513: I think what you are doing is fine. I personally am in the “Drink til it’s pink” club, so if I want a beer, I’ll have a beer. I’m not a big drinker AT ALL so I don’t think it matters very much.
Caffeine is fine, “they” (as in the gods of pregnancy, hahah) recommend less than 200 mg per day. One cup would be fine =)
Do you do intense exercise? Several ladies, myself included, switch gears from heavy exercise to yoga/walking during the TWW.
ETA: I personally have chosen to cut out caffeine, though there are several studies indicating that it’s not terrible. A person who drinks many cups of coffee per day is more likely to miscarry, but you are no where near that with one cup.
Also, vacuuming is fine. I use organic cleaners anyway and try not to breathe that stuff, but I dont think it’s going to hurt you and your baby unless you are huffing it. Good luck!!
Post # 4
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@Ballet513: I was worried about this too, I feel like we’re in the exact same boat!
I think during the TWW I’ll cut out alcohol, caffeine, etc. but other than that, I wouldn’t stress about it too much until you get your BFP!
Post # 5
I admit I’m struggling with the same things. I’m meeting with my doctor next Monday to bring up a lot of these iffy topics. It seems to me that the medical community is constantly changing what is and is not good for ttc women to be doing.. and it drives me nuts! D:
I’m planning on easing off caffeine to only one cup in the morning.
Easing off alcohol (I don’t drink a lot but do crave it in small amounts a couple times a week). Giving up my caffeine and occasional glass of wine will be hard!!
Eating right, exercising lightly to make sure my body is in shape. Establishing healthy habits I want to keep during my pregnancy as well as trying out new and easy recipes in the kitchen.
Getting rid of worries and stress! I really want to lay some fears to rest during this ttc period, it seems my mom and grandma have all had very difficult pregnancies resulting in preemies. I have no clue if this has anything to do with my future pregnancy but I do worry about that happening. Also I miscarried back in May when we were not trying for kids. I’m scared silly it will happen again. Hopefully talking with my doctor will ease my nerves and help me look to the future. I really want to enjoy pregnancy and put these nerves behind me!
Post # 6
I’m a drink til it’s pink person too. I would have driven myself even more crazy if I cut all of this stuff out in my life when we were TTC. It took us 18 months to conceive, and I wasn’t going to change my entire lifestyle “just in case”. It was hard enough going through what we did without adding extra pressures.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m a relatively healthy person anyway. I used to run 3 times a week prior to getting pregnant and kept all of that up. I ate pretty healthy to begin with too. So just keep all of that up, take your prenatals and good luck!
Post # 7
As far as exercise goes, before the wedding I did very intense exercises but I have switched exclusively to treadmill walking/elliptical and do a few miles 5 days per week.
It sounds like all of us are in the same boat which is making me feel better!! I agree that the “rules” keep changing for what you can and cannot do. This is usually my coffee time and I haven’t had coffee since before ovulation (which was Monday) and my pumpkin spice K-Cups were just delivered, I went to make a cup two times and stopped which is what prompted this post. I’m just going to go and have my coffee now!!
Thanks ladies, its nice to “talk” with people who are going through the same thing/have the same questions.
Post # 8
You never know how long or short it will take, so I think it is good for women to make healthy lifestyle changes for themselves regardless of ttc. I never use any chemicals in my home, do weight bearing exercise, do not drink caffeine (but my doc said it is okay to if you need/ prefer). I do these things for me. We are not ttc, but would be happy either way. I think it is important to just take care of yourself and make the changes for you. TTC can be mega stress, so my best advice is to not ever assume you are and limit yourself until you absolutely have confirmed evidence that you are. Otherwise you might be setting yourself up for more of a stressful coaster.
Post # 9
When people ask me for advice, I usually say eat right, excercise, START A PRENATAL, and have fun! In my opinion, and the opinion of many of the nurses I work with, major changes aren’t needed until after you get that positive. It’s just important to start preparing your body for the new life by taking care of it 🙂
Post # 10
I didn’t change my lifestyle at all during the TWW – I ate and drank whatever I wanted. The weekend before I got my BFP, I’d had a few adult beverages and I drank coffee every morning. Since getting the BFP, I’ve obviously cut out all alcohol and I’m cutting back on caffeine. I still do my normal household chores, aside from cleaning the litter box. That’s DH’s job now!
Post # 11
@cbee: I’ve also wondered about house supplies and cleaning things. I’ve been thinking about switching to all natural cleaners, castille soap, etc when we’re ttc. Also I’m planning on painting walls or doing whatever renovations involving chemicals I can now while I’m still getting off the pill.
On a funny note my husband says he will put me in ‘the freakin pope mobile’ after I test positive. So I think my safety is pretty much guarenteed after I’m pregnant. 😉
Post # 12
Are any of you temping? I would love to live my life and be in the drink till it’s pink club too, but it effects my temps and I don’t want it to mess up the entire month and not indicate O… Suggestions?
Post # 13
@RoyalLime: I was temping and I didn’t notice a significant difference when I drank. But I would only have 2 – 3 drinks, tops.
Post # 14
@RoyalLime: Drinking messes up my temps, but a couple of temps here and there won’t change the overall pattern. I just disregard the unnaturally high ones when I’ve been drinking the night before, the same I would if I was sick or didn’t sleep or something. It’s only if I’ve had 3 or more, probably, so it’s not like I’m doing that so often.
OP- I’m not changing that much. I started limited my caffeine a while ago, so no more than 1 cup a day. I don’t think I’ll go out and get wasted during the TWW, but I will have a few drinks until I get a BFP. I’m trying to get into a better habit of exercising now so it will be easier to maintain when I’m pregnant, and my eating habits are pretty healthy anyway.
As for cleaners, I don’t personally use any harsh ones, but I do think our monthly cleaning people do. Once I’m pregnant, I might provide greener ones, but I’m not worried about the TWW.
Post # 15
I agre wilth LadySmurph. I recently had a visit with my doctor she said I can continue to jog,run as usual. I don’t drink to often maybe once a month if that. She said you can stop drinking once you become pregnant….but if you have a glass of wine twice a day every day you may want to cut back. Also prenatal vitamins are a must as well as a healthy diet. I also started to get vaccinations that I would need during and or after my pregnancy.