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Does this make sense at all. My bf and I are planning to start trying for baby #2 in October. That's in three months and I'm wanting to start preparing to get ready for TTC. I'm just wondering if a thread exists with those sharing what they're doing now to prepare their body for conception. Like what supplements you are taking or have stopped taking, are you eating healthier, reading any books, etc. Our almost 5yo ds was not planned at all and I'm excited to actually "plan" a pregnancy this time and I want to make sure I'm as healthy and prepared as can be. Anyone else planning to start trying in a few months from now?
 

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This is us! - Except our DS isnt 5! hehe... DS was not planned and I am learning its a whole different story to plan the next child!...Its fun, exciting and certainly is testing my patience! hehe... We are TTC the next eggy (have been discussing it since DS was 3 months - but of course, would have not TTCd then, I always new I wanted a larger age gap than most and would go for ever larger if I could wait that long but I am caving! lol... - I ovulate end of the month/beginning of next month...so we will TTC to catch that eggy! (I have started a wanting but waiting tribe if you havnt joined that already! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">)...<br><br>
I have been 'preparing' since December - and even more preparing since a few months ago. ...This is what I have done so far:<br><br>
1). About a year ago I came of my birth control - wanted to give my body plenty of time to normalise again!<br><br>
2). Wanted to lose some weight - I have lost 18lbs so far. I am a healthy size, but I am used to being much much smaller! Before I had my son, I couldnt even fit into adult sized clothing! I cant even dream at shopping at kid Gap anymore for myself lol I wouldnt mind losing some more weight, but its not a dire need any longer. I am comfortable with my body where it is at. Of course, I am perpared to get bigger again! hehe... I am buying cheap clothing because I know my body is going to go up and then down again in the next few years! hehe So...if I lose some more weight between now and TTC - thats great!, and if I dont, thats fine as well!<br><br>
3). If anything, losing weight has just made me feel healthier! - This was part of preparing as well. To lose weight, I was actually just making sure I ate more (I would often skip out on breakfast and lunch which isnt healthy) and I got some excersise videos from chairty shops. I also got some excercise videos for pregnancy which I plan to use when it happens! hehe<br><br>
4). DS was a section - he was near 11lbs and breech! Getting through my thoughts and feelings from that day was part of my preparing. I feel comfortable now with what has happened.<br><br>
5). Learning from my mistakes - learning more! Educating myself on pregnancy/birth. I plan an HBAC this time!<br><br>
6). Because I am planning an HBAC, there are things I feel I need to do for it:<br><br>
7). For the past few months I have been taking: EPO (Evening primrose oil), RRL (capsules) - both of these things are good for your uterus. I want a nice healthy toned uterus for the journey it is about to take!<br><br>
8). I have also been taking prenatal vitamins/minerals. I have read its good to start taking these up to 3 months before you TTC. It is just good for you! - Especially the extra folic acid! I also have a list of things I will be taking in pregnancy as well - like nettle tea! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
9). I have been charting my fertility using fertility friend! I have learned a lot about my fertility! I know when I ovulate (hence when we will TTC next! hehe) and not only that, but the EPO has made me more fertile with a longer LP (leutal phase) which of course, it great for concieving! hehe<br><br>
10). I am super organise! I have my birth plan written up but its good because I have revised little bits here and there and will continue to do so throughout my future pregnancy so that when the time comes that I actually need it - it should be complete to my satisfaction!... I also have our 'budget' written. It is everything we need for the next baby and everything I would like spread over the months so we can afford it all and still be comfortable!<br><br>
And I think thats about it!... hehe <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Cool! Looks like you're right on track!<br><br>
Here's what I've been doing:<br><br>
1). I haven't been on any type of hormonal birth control since before my son was born so I don't need to get off anything. I've been charting for three YEARS now on fertility friend so I know my cycle like the back of my hand. I'm pretty lucky in that I'm pretty regular-- cycle averages 28 days with ovulation usually happening on day 15!<br><br>
2). I'm not taking an actual "prenatal" vitamin, but I have been taking a separate folic acid supplement, iron supplement (with additional folic acid in it), and vitamin D supplement for months now. I usually take magnesium as well (Natural Calm), but I've been out of it for about a month now and need to order more. I'm thinking it would be a good idea to add a calcium supplement and EPO (since I have really bad cramps during AF). I will definately do RRL again once I get pregnant. I took RRL religiously from 5 weeks on during my last pregnancy and had a VERY easy birth experience (home waterbirth).<br><br>
3). I actually don't have medical insurance right now (since I'm a self employed doula and nanny) so that's a priority I need to get on. I would be planning another homebirth and am prepared to pay out-of-pocket anyways, but insurance would be good in case of some kind of transfer. And I know it's pretty hard to get insurance once you're already pregnant so I need to figure it all out soon.<br><br>
4). I haven't been to the dentist in several years so I scheduled an appointment for the end of the month.<br><br>
5). Once I get insurance again I plan to go in for a pre-conception check-up.<br><br>
6). I have my boyfriend taking a men's multivitamin since it takes 3 months for sperm to mature/develop and I want them to be as "healthy" as possible. The men's multi has extra zinc and selenium which is necessary for optimal sperm quality.<br><br>
7). I plan to re-read TCOYF and I'm ordering the Shettles book since we want to try for a girl this time around.<br><br>
8). I REALLY want to start eating more fruits and vegetables. We eat very healthy, but I definately don't eat enough fruits and vegetables. I ALWAYS make sure my son has a fruit and vegetable at every meal, but I don't do the same for myself!<br><br>
9). I don't need to lose any weight (I've always been very thin), but I want to start being more active. I didn't really exercise at all during my last pregnancy, and I want to this time-- even if it just means walking every day. And I will definately be doing my prenatal yoga dvd regularly this time.
 
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