(Closed) What to do Pre-TTC?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

When I asked my OB/GYN this question, she told me:

  1. Start taking prenatal vitamins.
  2. Take fish oil.
  3. Eat plenty of meat/protein.

Just take care of yourself.

And I’d recommend charting, if you’re on BCP start charting after you quit. http://www.fertilityfriend.com/ is a very helpful site for keeping track of your charts.

Post # 4
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Prenatal vitamin, eating healthier, and exercising!!

I started charting (like the above poster said) because it made me understand my body a lot better. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not everyone ovulates on cd14, or even at the same time every month. It also gives you a good idea if you’re pregnant or not so you don’t waste tests!

Post # 6
1482 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

The book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” is SUPER helpful.  I definitely recommend checking it out of the library or ordering it off Amazon.

I tried to get on fertility friend, but I think you might need an invite to join?  I got frustrated with not being able to sign up, so I just printed a paper chart of the internet. I chart using a regular old thermomether.

TCOYF is great because it will literally answer any questions you ever had about how your cycle works, and will make things abundantly clear when is the best time to try to get pregnant during your cycle. 

Prenatals are good, or if your regular multivitamin has 400 mg of folic acid, that’s fine. My doctor said 400 mg is just fine until you’re pregnant and often prenatals don’t have as high of iron as regular multivitamins.  So read your labels. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
2416 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Stay healthy…and I know many women who stop drinking before they ttc. Good luck!

Post # 8
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

Are you on any type of hormonal birth control right now? If so, I would come off of it as soon as you can. I was on BCP for about 10 years, and it took me a full 3 months to even get my first period after I stopped taking it. 

Post # 9
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Miss Root:  Whole-heartedly agree about TCOYF. It’s a must.  I joined FF and didn’t have any problems.  Did you try recently to join?

My OBGYN just told me to make sure I’m taking a multivitamin with enough folic acid.  He said it was fine not to take a pre-natals until I’m actually PG, as long as I’m getting enough folic acid.  So, I take gummies and a folic acid supplement. 

I’m also trying to do a lot of reading about pregnancy and parenting so I’ll be as prepared as I can be when we do get PG.  

Other than what PPs have said, I just want to add that charting and reading TCOYF has been so helpful to me. I feel like for the first time in 29 years I actually know what’s going on with my body instead of feeling like it’s some huge mystery.  

Good luck and enjoy your upcoming wedding!

Post # 10
871 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am planning to TTC in September- should I stop drinking coffee while TTC? I don’t drink alcohol all that much so skipping that will be easy but I love my coffee!!

Post # 11
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Ballet513 – You don’t have to stop completely, up to 200 mg of caffine is considered “safe” during pregnancy.

I did choose to mostly stop caffine because I felt more comfortable that way. I weaned myself off, while TTC I would drink 1 cup regular and 1 cup decaf. Now that I’m pregnant, I only drink 1 cup decaf. About once a week I’ll treat myself to a glass of iced tea.

(Also remember if you stop cold-turkey you may have a heck of a headache for several days. That’s why I slowly weaned myself off.)

Post # 13
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Miss Root:  I second this post! I actually just ordered TCOYF off of amazon.ca and i was only $9.00 (used but in new condition). Darling Husband and I aren’t going to start TTC until this fall but thought it would be a good read in the meantime, especially going off the pill in a week and being able to figure out what my body is doing!

Good luck! And I second a good multivitamin with folic acid or prenatals. ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you are seeing your doctor anytime soon you can mention your plans and see if they want to send you for blood work or anything – I just did and got the green light, which is always great to hear!



Post # 14
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I went for a check-up with my PCP.  I had a phsyical and he made sure my immunizations were all up to date (especially the tetnus one that has the pertussis (whooping cough) bundled with it). 

Post # 15
907 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

The book What to Expect Before You’re Expecting is full of good information, including good nutritional info.  Another good one I bought is called Before Your Pregnancy: A 90-Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception

Post # 16
9483 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Great answers, ladies.  I’m definitely pre-TTC.  We want to try shortly after our wedding/beginning of 2013.  =)

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