..starting from the beginning...x

Hey everyone,

I have been a member of PW for a few years now, I got married in Sept 2010 which was the happiest day of my life :) I haven't been on here much since then but...I'm back and thought I should join this group since I'm baby on the brain :)

I was wondering if there's any good books about pregnancy that you lovely ladies would recommend? I'm not pregnant yet but we want to start TTC soon :) but I feel like I need to start from the beginning when it comes to all things baby, theres no babies in our family and none of my close friends have babies to I'm pretty new to all this.

Any advice / book recommendations on TTC and pregnancy would be great, thanks xoxo
Posted on March 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm
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Hey!  And Welcome to TTC :-)


I've read "What to expect when you're Expecting" and can't recommend it enough!!  It's excellent!!  I also read "Get ready to get Pregnant" which was also good.


The advice I have for you would be to start your pre-natals from now especially folic acid!  I tried to cut back on a lot of unhealthy foods before TTC and got myself into an exercise routine.


A lot of girls have the app Fertility Friend on their phones to help them track periods, charting, etc... I never used it but I know it comes recommended!


Sending you baby dust :)


 

Posted on March 16, 2013 at 11:01 pm
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Hi there, and welcome! Congrats on deciding to start trying--how exciting:)

Taking Control of your Fertility (TCOYF) is another book that's come recommended. Also, if you join Fertility Friend either online or the mobile version, they will e-mail you super informative lessons every day for the first 20 or so days. Maybe I'm just a nerd, but I found them really interesting. I had no idea so much went into getting pregnant!

You might also want to check out babycenter.com. They have a really neat tool where you can see what happens inside your body during pregnancy week by week. So interesting! Pregnantchicken.com also has a (hilarious and honest) week-by-week description of what's up with baby and what you might experience while growing baby from a mom's point of view. I never knew extra spit and leg cramps were part of the deal. Lol.

Someone also mentioned a "What to Expect the First Year", which seems like a good read for a first time mom. I keep thinking about picking it up, but I'm not sure if it's the cart before the horse since we're just trying...
Posted on March 17, 2013 at 12:53 am
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Welcome! :)


This is our first month trying and I picked up What to Expect When You're Expecting a few months ago... it was great! I then also picked up What to Expect the First Year... partly because I just find that stuff fascinating, and partly because I figured I could start reading it now and then have it to read when we do get pregnant and need to prepare for the next step!


As the other ladies mentioned, I'd start taking pre-natals right away if you haven't already. One big thing for me was also cutting out caffeine, which I did as a new year's resolution and I'm glad I started early because GOD I miss my caffeine. ;)


BEST WISHES :)

Posted on March 17, 2013 at 1:14 am
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Welcome!  Ditto the other ladies - get on a pre-natal - pick one up at Target or the grocery store and your dr can change it if he/she feels you need something else.  I also read Taking Control of Your Fertility and learned so much.


A great book is "Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy".  I also made an appt with my OB/GYN to tell her we were going to start TTC and she ran some blood work and talked about things I needed to do - always a good place to start =)

Posted on March 17, 2013 at 10:02 am
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Hey ladies,

Thank you so much for your advice, I really appreciate it :) I had no clue that I should be taking pre-natals a few months before we start TTC, I will be getting them asap.

Great, I will make sure I read get ready to get pregnant then I will read what to expect when you're expecting! We are a few months away from TTC and i am trying to get into a healthier lifestyle with diet and exercise as I think that's very important. So I'm sure that plenty of time to read the books :)

Unfortunately we don't have a target here in the UK :( so I will pop into my local pharmacy for the pre-natals, any brand you would recommend? Also, our health care system works differently as we get free health care. So I'm not sure if we can request an appointment with OB/GYN but I will ask :) thanks for that advice! I get my bloods taking every 6 months with my endocrinologist so I can ask for it to be checked.

This might sounds so silly but I have never heard of temping before I read some of the posts, I know that there's kits that can be used to track and let you know when your ovulating - is this the same thing?

Thanks again ladies for all your great advice xoxo
Posted on March 17, 2013 at 11:38 am
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I'm in the UK too - I've been using Solgar for Folic Acid as that's the one my doc and OB recommended.


I didn't temp (Many women take their temperature when trying to conceive to confirm if they are ovulating or not, by taking your temperature from the begining of  your cycle to the end you should be able to see the first part of your cycle showing low temperatures for around 12 to 14 days  followed by a rise which confirms ovulation and then for yout temperatures to stay elevated for a further 10-16 days.) - I got that on google.


Instead I bought those clearblue ovulation tester kits that have a smiley when you're ovulating - they worked really well for me!


 

Posted on March 17, 2013 at 10:53 pm
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Hi!


I also recommend What to Expect Before You're Expecting.  It's recommended to make a lot of changes before you even start trying.  I also really like Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy, and how it focuses on having a healthy body for as long as possible before TTC.


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nutrition-Healthy-Pregnancy-Elizabeth-Somer/dp/0805069984/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363617565&sr=8-1

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 3:47 am
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Oh, Littlebit mentioned TCOYF (Taking Charge of Your Feritlity).  This is kind of the bible on temping (and other things like CM) to learn about your body & fertility - to be used as a way to try to get PG or try to avoid PG.  Basically this book believes you don't need drugs as birth control, you just need to understand your unique body.


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Taking-Charge-Your-Fertility-Definitive/dp/0060881909/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1363618278&sr=1-2

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 3:51 am
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DP

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 3:52 am
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Hey ladies,

Thanks so much for all your advice, and thanks for explaining temping to me adamsapple :) I was quite confused about it as I have never heard of it before, think I will get the clear blue ovulation kit aswell. Every time I read another post on PW it's like a little learning lesson, I love it! adamsapple - Did you make an appointment to go and see your doc before TTC?

Thanks Athena, I might read what to expect before you're expecting, that sounds like a good place to start :) I will check out babycentre.com aswell thanks littlebit :)

I was taking look at what to expect when your expecting but there seems to be 2 different books, do any of you know which is the correct one?

Just wondering if you are all TTC or are pregnant at the mo? xoxo
Posted on March 21, 2013 at 6:44 am
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You're very welcome! To answer your question, some of us are pregnant but still stop by to offer advice and some of us (me!) are still trying. You can find a pretty comprehensive list of us trying ladies in the monthly testers thread, where we all root for BFPs:) Feel free to post there with your test date when you're ready and we'll root for you too! Lol.
Posted on March 21, 2013 at 6:53 am
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I am also TTC - we started fertility testing last cycle because it had been 6 months and I'm 35 and my DH is 43.  I have one last test that I am doing tomorrow.  Some of the ladies who have been through the testing have been so helpful.  I hope you never have to go that route - but there are ladies here at all stages that will help with whatever questions you have =)

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 11:02 am
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welcome i feel the same way when it comes to this its been eight years since my last child was born and passed away ....so now we want to try again...so here we go starting all over from the beginning as well....im hear if any of you want to talk ....

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm
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Hey Ladies,

Well I have read through the acronyms and here goes lol....littlebit & claire i will keep my fingers and toes crossed that you both get your BFP soon :) sending baby dust your way (hope thats right hehe) I will check out the monthly testers too, thanks so much. Hopefully in a few months my name will be on the thread :)

The advice on here is so amazing, everyone is just so lovely aswell!

So sorry for your loss leese :( I can't imagine what you must have gone through. Thank you and the same to you, I haven't been on the baby groups for long but I can tell the ladies on here offer great support and advice xoxo
Posted on March 23, 2013 at 1:37 pm

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