What did you do to prep for TTC?

posted 1 year ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

My husband and I plan to start trying next month. To prepare, over the past few months we’ve been taking CoQ10, and L-arginine, I’ve been taking prenatals, he’s been taking a multi-vitamin. We’ve been gym goers for years so we’ve kept up with that but have started eating better. We incorporated a lot of “fertility foods” like eggs, avocados, walnuts, berries, etc into our diet. I’ve been using apps to track my cycle and doing what I can to eliminate stress. 

Best of luck in your TTC journey ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I’ve been losing weight, eating healthier, being more active (just ran my first half-marathon last weekend!). I’ll start taking prenatal about 3 months before we start TTC.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I did nothing and our daughter turned out just fine. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I always tell peope to get any dental work done haha! 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We also did nothing- our first was a surprise baby. However, making healthy changes never hurts, and certainly getting into better shape before pregnancy will help you out in the long run. Mostly, as a mom of three small children, I’d advise you to do the following: enjoy your alone time, read books that don’t have pictures, drink wine leasurely on a patio, have dinner after 6pm that does not involve Mac and cheese or hotdogs, and take some vacations to places where you’d never take children. Trust me- you’ll miss these things for several years (which in the midst will feel like centuries). Good luck! 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

I’m TTC now. I’ve been taking prenatals, CoQ10, and a DHA/omega supplement, and I read Taking Charge of Your Fertility. I generally eat well, so no big lifestyle changes there. I have been working out more regularly, but that’s something I’m doing for myself rather than to prepare for TTC. I can’t convince my husband to take vitamins consistently and his diet isn’t ideal, but it’s not terrible either, plus he does exercise and he doesn’t drink/smoke, so overall I think we’re doing okay. 

On a rather different note, I’ve been in therapy for a while now and dealing with some of the traumatic issues from my childhood (came from a very dysfunctional/emotionally abusive family), and I think that has helped me feel mentally and emotionally ready for kids of my own. I want to be my best self  before kids and I’m very cognizant of not following the unhealthy examples I was given as a child. I also think that the idea of having a child of your own can bring up a lot of stuff from our own histories, so I think it’s especially important for those of us with troubled family dynamics to sort out those issues prior to having kids (if possible). 

In my case, I had bottled up a lot of feelings because that was my way to cope with a really dysfunctional environment, and I’ve been learning more recently to express those feelings in a healthier way. I’m much more emotional than I’ve ever been — or rather, I’m experiencing the feelings instead of shutting them away and numbing myself with distractions. But I feel so much better now! I’ve got more energy than ever! I feel like I’m becoming such a better, stronger version of myself, and that makes me feel like I’ll be able to cope with the stresses of children world’s better than I would have without dealing with those issues first. 

TLDR; I’m doing the typical TTC stuff like vitamins, but I’d also highly recommend doing some personal work on yourself prior to kids. For me that has looked like therapy and journaling, but for someone else that could look very different. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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Cote1590 :  omg this, I totally wish I had!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

We’re probably not TTC until sometime (later) next year, but I actually asked my midwife about this at my last checkup. She said to take a good prenatal and DHA, work on health habits, and to have fun. I’m in pretty good shape, but would like to round out my running with yoga and get a few more half marathons in. I’m right on the cusp of a healthy BMI (usually around a 25.1-25.3), so I’d like to lose about 10-15 pounds (I’m tall, so it’s not hard, I’m just lazy). It may sound really lazy, but one of my big goals is just to get better about dental hygiene. I’m so lazy about flossing, and I know it’ll catch up to me one day. 

Beyond that, just normal bucket list things. Navigate some early 2020 job decisions, travel a few more places, drink a lot more wine and soft cheese.  

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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ladyvk :  Right!? I put off having a root canal fixed because I got pregnant and then was nursing. It all went fine when I finally got it done but it sucked to put it off for so long! 

Post # 13
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Helper bee

Initially we didn’t do anything other than I started taking folic acid. I also read a few books and learned about my cycle. As we’ve continued to try hubby and I have both gotten more fit and we’ve been eating tons of veggies. He started taking multivitamins at some point as well. Otherwise, we’re just enjoying our lives as usual!

Oh, one thing I did recently find out from my doctor is that I missed a rubella vaccine as a child. It might be a good idea to have a pre-TTC appointment to get your immunity checked if you’re unsure if all your vaccines are up to date. Then you can get any needed vaccines prior to getting pregnant. Rubella can harm a fetus so they recommend having that one up to date.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

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rosabelle :  yes to the vaccines! I had a preconception appointment and they decided to give me a booster for chicken pox/varicella. I had chicken pox as a kid but apparently a lot of adults who had it aren’t immune – they basically said they could do a blood test to determine if I was (and if I wasn’t I’d have to come back for the shot), or I could just get the vaccine, so I opted to get the vaccine. 

Also, even if you’ve had vaccines like rubella sometimes they wear off and they recommend boosters. 

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