New to the group and with lots of questions:)

Hi ladies,

We decided that we will have a baby:) Its something that I had been waiting for a long time but after being married for two years and together for 11 yrs, we had the talk and think that we are ready. I am so excited yet so scared. This is my first baby, my DH has one son from a previous relationship.

I need to get my body reAdy but im not sure where to start.

I have been on bc for a long time and stopped taking the pill (ocella)almost 2 weeks ago. I think my body went into shock because i had a cycle for three days. I have noticed a sight weight gain in such a short periord of time.. Is this normal?

What are you guys doing to make your bodies ready?
How long did it take you to get pregnant?
Do you use any apps to monitor the cicle?

Any tips you might have.

TIA
Posted on October 29, 2012 at 10:26 am
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First off, welcome!! Happy to have you here!

If you just got off the pill, that is definitely something that can happen. I would pay attention to see what your next couple/few cycles are like because it may take a few cycles to get back to normal.

As far as getting my body ready, I've cut out 90% of my caffeine, no alcohol, and I've been taking prenatal vitamins. It's recommended to start taking prenatals a few months before you even start trying. I also make sure to keep up my workout routine, 3-4 times a week but not over exerting myself. So far we are on cycle #3 and we aren't preggo yet. Hopefully soon! :)

The app I use is fertilityfriend.com. I take my bbt daily (basal body temp) and log it daily along with my cervical fluid. I also take opk's during my fertile cycle to see when I'm ovulating along with my bbt. If you need some more information, I highly recommend the book "taking charge of your fertility". It's amazing and I learned so much along with how everything works together to find your most peak time!

I know I rambled, sorry :) a lot of other ladies on here know way more then me, but HTH! Let us know if you have more questions!!!
Posted on October 29, 2012 at 10:47 am
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Welcome! I'm brand new, too so don't have any answers to your questions except the BC one.  I gained about 5 lbs when I went off the pill... not sure if that's normal, though!

Posted on October 29, 2012 at 10:53 am
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ThAnk you so much for your help. How do you take your bbt?? And what is opk's?? Im so excited for this new chapter in our lives. Good luck ladies :)
Posted on October 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm
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Welcome to the Group!


You take your BBT with a thermometer that gives you 2 numbers after the decimal point, so you'll see 97.54.  You can't use one that just gives you one after the decimal point.  You won't notice a change in temps that way.  But you take your temp first thing in the morning before you do anything, like the only thing you can do is sit up to grab the thermometer haha.  And you aim for the same time every day to get an accurate reading.  It helps to determine when you ovulate.


OPKs are Ovulation Predictor Kits.

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:24 am
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Welcome!


I spent 6 months before TTC making sure I was eating right, excercising and getting my checkups with my doctor - it is important to talk to your doctor about any health issues you have, even if they are minor or "under control".  TTC can make those minor issues much bigger when you are talking about adding a pregnancy.


I read the books, Taking Charge of Your Fertility and Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy (by Elizabeth Somer and recommended by MurphNoMore here on the boards!).


If you've ever read the inserts that come with your BCPs you know that they have a minor effect on your blood sugar.  Coming off will also effect your blood sugar and will contribute to slight weight changes when you may be eating slightly more or less as your body adjusts.


We tried the first two cycles with no success - a routine blood test revealed that one of my known health issues threw a wrench into the works and we will not be able to try again with any hope of success until December.


GL and wishing you a quick conception!


 

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 3:08 am
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@ AuntTate - I thought I read in TCOYF that a BBT with 2 decimal places wasn't necessary?  The one I ordered is only 1 decimal place and I haven't had any problems seeing my shift....?  Did I read it wrong?  (I got my copy from the library so I can't go back and look =/)

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 3:09 am
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Welcome to the group! Glad to have you. These ladies here are phenominal and so knowledgable!


Here's a short cut to the Acronyms and Abbreviations that we use regularly that I still go to from time to time!


http://www.projectwedding.com/post/list/ttc-acronyms-and-abbreviations


 


Good luck and baby dust to you!

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Posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm
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Welcome to the group!  I agree with the PP that these ladies are sooo knowledgeable, and whenever you have a question, someone will be able to point you in the right direction.


I went off the pill in Feb of 2012 after being on it for over 10 years.  I started prenatals in March, and we started not "trying" but not preventing in April.  No pregnancy.  We started really trying in June (more frequent BD), and then as per the ladies on the forum, I got TCOYF and started temping and charting, and using OPKs and we got pregnant in September.  I am now 9 weeks along.  TCOYF was the best book I read to get myself ready for the process/getting to know my body.


I was suprised that my cycle got back to pretty normal quickly, as I know that doesn't happen for everyone.  I was really concerned that I had some thyroid issues because I had what seems like a lot of hair shedding about 3 months after going off the pill.  My doc told me this is normal and happens in about 25% of women who are on the pill for a long period of time.  It stopped after 2 months.  Many never struggle with it, but I thought I would point it out because it was really alarming to me, and I could have saved a lot of hassle/worry knowing that! I wish someone would have told me that was a possible side effect.  (It's not cosmetically damaging, either.  No one noticed but me).


Good luck to you, and lots of baby dust.  Keep us posted :)

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm
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BTW: I also use a BBT with one decimal.  It worked well for me, but women with more subtle temp shifts may want to 2 dp.

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm
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kblove - that is interesting about the hair loss - mine started to fall out about 6 weeks ago, when my thyroid came back all goofed up I figured it was because of that - maybe its a little of both!  (I was on BCP for 20 years, and OMG that is a long time!)

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm
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Claire-- I know thyriod is the most common reason for it.  The good news is, if BCP was the part of the case for you, it stops on it's own once your body gets over the "shock"!  It's so alarming and frustrating, though...


Fingers and toes crossed for you in December!!! :)

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm
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Welcome, tomileen! 


So glad you're here! The ladies already got you started with tons of great advice. Just adding a big DITTO to everything they said!


I loved looking back through the old threads when I first joined this group. So many of my questions had been asked by others before me, and it was really helpful to read about all kinds of different things (and super fun, too!) The further along in this journey I get, the more obsessed I am with learning about all kinds of things I wouldn't even have known about weeks or months prior! :-) 


Good luck to you on this awesome journey! 

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm
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Welcome Sweetie!


Other ladies gave you pretty good advices!


As for myself, I stoped BC pills on March and started prenatal vitamins at the same time. My cycle was regular and I had my first period right on time. I started using OPK to know when I was ovulating but since we were getting married and leaving for our honeymoon on july 14th, we had protected sex for about 4 months.


Then, we started TTC during our honeymoon (end of July, beggining of august) and on august 22th I was having my BFP. But sadly, I did an ectopic pregnancy so we lost our baby :(.


Now we're getting back on track and should be able to TTC again in midnovember.


 


Goodluck with everything!

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 11:53 am

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