Post # 1
My husband and I want to start trying to have kids after we return from our honeymoon in July 2013. We will be gone for just over two weeks. I don’t know much at all about TTC. We weren’t really active during our dating relationship (we just got married) and aren’t intimate all the time (a few times a month). I know I have to go off birth control, but I don’t want any side effects of that during my cruise, such as painful periods, etc. How long should a person be off birth control before they start trying? Does conception time vary? I know some people plan out their cycle and approximate time the baby will be born, but I am pretty clueless with stuff like that. Sorry this is a silly question.
Post # 3
It can take a few months after going off bc for your body to regulate itself again, my suggestion is to just relax for the first few months, have fun! If you then want to get serious you can start charting to see what your cycle is like and when you’ll ovulate, I don’t know a lot about charting But the ladies over in the nesting (ttc) boards can help!
Post # 4
Just go off birth control when the honeymoon is over.
Expect to get pregnant right away, so be prepared. Normally it takes a few months for your body to regulate itself again, though.
If I were you I’d not approach it too seriously. Enjoy being newlyweds. If after 6 months, nothing has happened yet, then you might want to start doing what the ladies on the TTC boards do. I don’t see any reason to start off that way, though… IMO it just adds undue stress.
Post # 5
I would recommend using condoms for 6 months, and then trying to conceive. You need to get your hormones in balance, you are at a much higher risk for miscarriage if you do not wait at least 3 months. I was on birth control for 10 years and when I came off it was a disaster all sorts of wacky hormones and vitamin levels, regular doctors will overlook it, if you are concerned you should go to a naturopathic doctor, you won’t regret it.
From that website:
“Most women that come to me for fertility and prenatal support expect to have a healthy period nearly immediately after stopping the pill and do not expect to spend months (or even years!) re-establishing a healthy hormonal balance before conceiving! Many of these women have been on the pill for so many years they don’t even remember what their own period is like anymore! When Shawna says she looks at “the menstrual cycle as a vital sign, as important as blood pressure and heart rate in assessing a woman’s health” she is right on target. Not only is a healthy hormonal balance essential for getting pregnant but it is also important to sustaining a healthy pregnancy and creating a healthy baby! In fact, the mother’s health before conceiving deserves a lot more investment and attention than it seems to get these days, but that is a subject for another blog…”
Post # 6
@fiestapotato: wow Ive never heard anout increased risk of miscarriage ifcyou dont wait 3 months after coming off bc. Thats really helpful to know. I was talking to my doctor and he said its important to get you bloods checked after coming off bc but before TTC to make sure healthy and no underlying issues etc. So possibly worth looking into that too.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Unless you are aware of any particular problems you might have TTC or you are older and in a hurry (35+) then go off BCPs and start trying. It’s also a good idea to get a wellness check from your doctor before you start TTC so if you have any health issues they can be dealt with before getting pregnant. And start taking a multivitamin with folic acid in it while TTC.
Waiting three months after going off BCPs is for the doctor to have a better idea of how to date your pregnancy; this really isn’t much of an issue anymore since they measure the baby during an ultrasound in order to determine the baby’s gestational age. A lot of ladies get pregnant their first cycle off BCPs and have no issues.
Make sure to BD (baby dance) at least once every 2-3 days until you get your BFP (big fat positive) or your period. If you haven’t conceived in around 6 months I recommend charting for the next six months so that you can take the charts with you to the doctor if you still haven’t conceived in a year. Generally, it takes 6 months to one year for a healthy, fertile couple to get pregnant. If you go more than one year without getting pregnant it’s time to see a reproductive endocrinologist to find out what is going on.