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post #21 of 33
Well, we are going to start ttc next month. FOr the past 3 months I have been taking folic acid, vitamins, baby aspirin, vitamin c, vitamin e, rrl tea. I have tried to cut down on my processed foods and eat more wholley. I got a pap smear and complete workup for infections, stds etc. Got my mammogram, finished up some dental work I was in the middle of and try to be more active.

What I am having trouble with is cutting down on caffeine via coffee, diet coke & chocolate. I am not exercising as much as I should.

I am very excited to be starting ttc next month. YAY!!!!!!!!!!
Gossamer
post #22 of 33
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Originally Posted by gossamer
Well, we are going to start ttc next month. FOr the past 3 months I have been taking folic acid, vitamins, baby aspirin, vitamin c, vitamin e, rrl tea. I
Gossamer, why the baby aspirin?

Thanks!
post #23 of 33
THere has been some research that indicates taking a baby aspirin a day can prevent pre-eclampsia. Since they are learning more and more that underlying clotting disorders seem to be the root of a lot of pre-eclampsia cases. So my doctor and I agree that to try to stave off pre-eclampsia as long as possible, a baby aspirin a day is in my regime. I am lucky, I know a lot of women who have to take daily or twice daily shots of heparin.
Gossamer
post #24 of 33
huggerwocky - I don't think it's 'medicalizing reproduction' to maximize health and fertility by cutting out bad stuff, like caffeine, and enhancing the good stuff, like folic, KWIM?

For my first pregnancy I:
1) Did a liver detox and a metal detox via my naturopath
2) Used acupuncture to reduce stress and clear blockages
3) Took Omega 3 oil for better EWCM, as well as green tea
4) Drank tons of water
5) Folic, Calcium/Magnesium, Prenatal vite
6) Cut out booze, reduced caffeine

For this pg:
1) Green tea
2) Omega 3 and Evening Primrose (have a prob with good EWCM as I'm still BFing)
3) Prenatal vite, calcium
4) Will start acu again soon

Dee
post #25 of 33
This is my first, and I'm only 8 weeks, but this is what I did..

1. Started an excersize routine that I likes to start toning my muscles and get my heart healthy

2. Cut out most caffine (I used to drink regular green tea) and started becoming more concious of what I ate. I eat healthy - but I was starting to focus on things like getting enough protein, calcium, dairy and fruits and vegies. I have e tendancy to not eat enough protein as I am a fruitaholic.

3. Got my sleeping habits down to a schedule so I could get at least 8 hours a night.

4. Talked to DH about TTCing and parenting a lot. It helped get us on the same page and reenforced that being pregnant means we are pregnant, not you show up for a day to conceive it and one day to help birth it. So far he's been fabulous. We also discussed parenting styles, midwife versus OB and the like. He supports what ever I think is best, which is great. But if he didn't then would have been the time to talk turkey.

5. Told my doc we were going to be TTCing - he told me the key is to relax and have fun with it. Don't go crazy with technology (Yeah - I ignored that part ) He didn't do any preliminaty testing or anything, we just talked about the importance of a healthy diet, sleep and vitamins.

6. Started temping and charting to figure out O date.

7. Did the wild thang every other day day 10 till day 16 when I had my temp rise... and we got pregnant.
post #26 of 33
What a great topic!

DH and I will be ttc #3 this spring. We have been using NFP as a for of birth control since our second was born. I was on the pill after we had our first, and went off of the pill 3 months before we started ttc #2. We were fortunate enough to get pregnant the first cycle, but after much thought and research we will not be using hormonal birth control.

Starting in Jan. I went out and got my prenatal pills and .4 mg of follic acid. I have been taking them everday. I have been watching my sugar intake, and caffine intake, I really love my cup of tea in the morning and at night, but have to cut back.

I got all 4 of my wisdom teeth pulled back in Oct. This was something that was very important for me to do before getting pregnant with #3. During my second pregnancy I had the worst wisdom teeth pain all of the time. It was awful especially since I wouldn't take anything for the pain, but now I don't have to worry because they are out and taken care of.
I went for my complete physical in October, and have a dental appt in March to get a clean/check done.

I have been doing pilates and walking/jogging quite regularly. The girls have fun doing pilates with me in the morning, and I usually jog when DH gets home at night.

By us not being on the pill, and using NFP I got to know my body and cycles really well. I know when my fertile days are, and when ovulation occurs. I would recommend the book "Taking Charge of your Fertlilty" as well. This book is wonderful, it is NFP as a form of preventing, and achieving pregnancy!
post #27 of 33
We will be TTC in April or May. Since my fertility returned after bfing we have been using NFP.

Currently we are optimising our diets and taking vitamins. I am also practicing Yoga & meditaion almost daily and doing visualisations to ensure I am emotionally ready.

We are planning a home birth this time around so I am also researching this.

Good luck everyone
post #28 of 33
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Originally Posted by gossamer
THere has been some research that indicates taking a baby aspirin a day can prevent pre-eclampsia. Since they are learning more and more that underlying clotting disorders seem to be the root of a lot of pre-eclampsia cases. So my doctor and I agree that to try to stave off pre-eclampsia as long as possible, a baby aspirin a day is in my regime. I am lucky, I know a lot of women who have to take daily or twice daily shots of heparin.
Gossamer
As someone who had pre-e weeks that went undiagnosed and was "diagnosed" the day I went into labour (I knew but the drs didn't take me seriously..don't getme started) I'm interested in this. Do you take the baby aspirin even afrer you are pregnant? And if so how long?
post #29 of 33
Hi All! New to this forum, but when I saw this thread I had to reply. Dh and want to ttc in May! Right now I am exercising and eating healthier meals. We have also begun to prepare our emotions for another child.
post #30 of 33
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Originally Posted by RainCoastMama
huggerwocky - I don't think it's 'medicalizing reproduction' to maximize health and fertility by cutting out bad stuff, like caffeine, and enhancing the good stuff, like folic, KWIM?
You are right, it just thought about some "advice" I read SOMEWHERE that you should have a Gyn visit before trying to conceive etc....it made me think of a book I recently read that had a chapter on medicalizing normal occurances of life. For example: why on god's earth would you send a perfectly healthy young girl (teenager) do see a gyn just to see " if everything is all right".Ok, I'm hijacking the thread, that's another issue

hey, I take folic acid and vitamins,too!
post #31 of 33
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Originally Posted by Blissfulmomma
Starting in Jan. I went out and got my prenatal pills and .4 mg of follic acid. I have been taking them everday. I have been watching my sugar intake, and caffine intake, I really love my cup of tea in the morning and at night, but have to cut back.

tea is good for you!Much betetr than coffee,too!

is this an american thing, the caffeine focus?8 years back my doctor said up to 3 cups a day is ok, even during pregnancy...here I get a stare for my 2 cups
post #32 of 33
Yes, to a large extent it's an American thing. However, caffeine can also reduce fertility for those who are "fertility challenged" and that is often one of the reasons TTCers give it up.

Green tea, however, has some benefits for good cm, so it's generally considered safe (or even good) for TTCing (and into pregnancy). It has less caffeine than regular tea.

I personally had to give up all caffeine a long time ago, for non-TTC reason (it causes my IBS to get worse) so this is all a moot point for me anyway.
post #33 of 33
Though caffeine is supposed to be good for the men- increased motility, I've read...

When we started TTC, my husband and I made a commitment to exercise together, and started ordering from an organic produce delivery service- a great way to boost our fruit and veggie intake and commit to eating more organics. I started taking folic acid, cut out (most) alcohol. We also spent time talking about how a baby would fit into our lives, affect our relationship, etc, and also how TTC would affect our relationship (this became important, because we've been trying for over a year now).

Some of the physical stuff we've changed up over the past year- various vitamins, different exercise, yoga, massage, etc., but the communication about our relationship and having a baby together has been consistent, and so important. Only very occasionally has the process of TTC felt stressful- and I credit our communication for keeping it (mostly) still fun

I realise that the original question was about preparing your body for pregnancy, but I think that the mind preparation is just as important.
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