What else should I do to prepare?

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    What else should I do to prepare?

    I have been following your TTC stories for awhile now (some may call it lurking) and recognize soem of you from other boards.

    My question is what can/should I be doing to prepare to start TTC?  We plan to stop this pill and start trying  this fall, and my preparations so far include:
    -  try to lose a few pounds
    -  start prenatals/ folic acid
    -  save a little extra $$ from each paycheck

    I'm still considering whether I want to temp/chart.

    Any and all advice is appreciated.

     
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    Re: What else should I do to prepare?

    Novem - I think your list is good. If you don't have one scheduled, you may also want to make an appointment with your GYN or PCP to get a sense of your overall health and to ask them any questions about TTC.  This is especially important if you've had any issues in the past with menstrual cycles, etc.  When I asked my GYN (now my OB) about TTC he just said to basically do what's on your list!  (well, not the "save money" part, but I think that is very smart!)
     
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    Re: What else should I do to prepare?

    Go on vacation and have lots of fun.
     
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    Re: What else should I do to prepare?

    Sounds like a good list to me.  If you are considering temping/charting then I would suggest you check out the taking control of your fertility book. I just borrowed a copy from the library.  Even if you don't temp I think it has a lot of interesting information, and I am glad that I did check it out.  I was kind of a geek, I took some notes on the parts that were most relevant to me and then returned the book.

    Good luck.
     
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    Re: What else should I do to prepare?

    Your list seems good.

    A note about charting, I did it for two months, and got so crazy about it that I had to stop. It was helpful having that two months to know what my body was doing. So, I'd suggest doing it for a short period, learn your cycles then stop and enjoy the adventure of trying.

    I second Lemon's vacation suggestion-we got BFP after a vacation...

    And I know I didn't O on vacation...but I think the relaxation achieved helped us for the rest of the month.
     
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    Re: What else should I do to prepare?

    I'll chime in on the vacation, too!  TRYING to make a baby can be stressful and more work than play.  And, physiologically, this is not conducive to actually succeeding.  On vacation, you're relaxed and not worrying about getting up for work early, the meeting you're dreading, BDing simply because the thermometer or the ovulation strips says you have to, etc.  You can just enjoy each other without stress ruining it.   It's all well and good to say "relax and enjoy" every month, but life is what it is, ya know?  On vacation it's another story.
     
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    ha ha! I actually was thinking that it will be the last stress-free vacation you'll have for 18 years, but yes, I have heard that people tend to get pregnant on vacation. I did. And two friends got pregnant at our wedding (hopefully in the hotel after the wedding, but one never knows).
     
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    Re: What else should I do to prepare?

    I went to the doctor's for an overall check up and found out that I was really anemic.  So I was able to address that and get load up on the iron.  Pregnancy can cause anemia so I was glad not to have to worry about that.
     
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    Re: What else should I do to prepare?

    Funny, I also read lemon's vacation post as a "let the games begin" kind of suggestion.  We are planning an October get away and my thought was to stay on the pill until then for predictability.

    Re: temping - my AM routine is already jam packed so I'd like to not do it, but the routine is the same every morning so what's a few extra seconds, right?  Plus, I'm concerned that if I needed to go to a specialist or something it'd be good to have that kind of info. 
     
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    Re: What else should I do to prepare?

    I had a physical with my PCP before we started TTC, but I was due for one anyway.  I started charting right away, but only because I had been on BCP for over 9 years and wanted to know if I was ovulating.  Temping doesn't take any time at all, like seconds.  Just make sure you do it at the same time every morning if you decide to try it.  I ended up using a monitor, since I don't sleep well and my temps were erratic. 

    Good luck and try to have fun!  And I second (or third?) taking a vacation.  That's when I finally got knocked-up!
     
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    Re: What else should I do to prepare?

    I also got pregnant at a friend's wedding!  (in our hotel room :) ).  So I agree with the vacation suggestion! 
     
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    Re: What else should I do to prepare?

    Novembride, no one has said this, but you may want to consider going off the pill now and then using an alternate BC method until you are ready to TTC.  Sometimes your body needs a bit of time to adjust, especially if you have been on the pill uninterrupted for years, as most women have been by the time they TTC.  Condoms aren't horrible...

    And I second getting a copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility.  I didn't get one until we had been TTC for months, but it taught me a great deal about my body and my cycles.  I wish I had had that in junior high rather than that awkward health class where they separated the girls from the boys!  LOL! 

    And, very smart that you included on your list saving money!  DH and I started a fund years ago so that I could have the option of staying home.  It's definitely nice to have a cushion. 

    Vacation is fantastic too!  We spent two weeks in Europe and got the BFP the next month (after months of trying without success). ;)
     
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    Re: What else should I do to prepare?

    I was going to suggest you start keeping track of your periods asap, but I guess you can't do that until after you go of BC.

    I cut back on caffeine when we started TTC, mostly because I figured I'd have enough to deal with when I got pregnant and didn't want to try cutting back at the same time I was dealing with exhaustion and nausea.  I pretty much just cut out the occasional afternoon Coke Zero.  I drank half caff for a while, then decided it wasn't worth it until I was actually pregnant.  Once I got pregnant, I started getting a smaller sized coffee in the morning.

    Good luck!
     
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    Re: What else should I do to prepare?

    Make sure you go in to it with a positive and patient outlook.  Don't stop the pill until you are confident you want a baby in 9 months.  Once you come off the pill it may take weeks to fall pregnant, or it may take much, much longer.

    Oh, and use this board to bounce ideas around - there are always going to be people here who range from "oops, I got pregnant and I didn't plan too" through to "I have been trying for years and am on my third cycle of IVF".  So someone will always know what you are going through.
     

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