Thanks for all of the great advice. I will also look into some of these books. I've been changing my eating habits, working out, and taking my pre-natal vitamins. We've been TTC since October, so I'm still looking for healthy changes and other suggestions. Thanks again!
current weight: 205.0
Fitness Minutes: (11,248) Posts: 594 4/5/12 12:19 P
Thanks for the article, Ruth! There were some great points in there! I also read that your man should not eat a lot of mercury while you are TTC because it can also affect the baby. In the What to Expected: Eating Well While You're Expecting book (I believe... I've read too much!) it recommended for the husbands to cut out high mercury fish up to 2 months before you TTC. I'm sure it's just a precaution, but I put the stop on tuna pretty quick!! haha! Has anyone else asked their guy to do something weird all because you read a sentance somewhere??
Fitness Minutes: (1,575) Posts: 48 4/5/12 5:38 A
The sooner the better, I say, and my doctors have confirmed this. Especially with things like Folic Acid, you want to be on it ASAP because it prevents possible birth defects that occur in the first few weeks of development. So I'd add that in addition to the pre-natal vitamin. At least 400 mcg a day.
I have also read that you can start taking prenatals up to a year before TTC. My sister miscarried, and after that her doctor told her to continue taking prenatals for at least 3 months before TTC. Now I am happy to say I have a beautiful niece! :)
I started taking Rite Aid Prenatal Tablets- they are fine. Definitely some aftertaste, but completely bearable in my opinion. :) They were only $2 (sale) and had good reviews. I would suggest looking at reviews of different prenatals on-line, and the ingredients they have, before purchasing. Someone told me the dyes (food coloring) can be an issue, yet they seem to be in most of them!
Also, besides vitamins & fitness, you should definitely try to start eating healthier (if you don't already) now. I've found that the more I keep eating vegetables, the more I like them! :)
I started taking a prenatal in oct. I read that as early as a year before is a good time to start taking them. I recommend reading what to expect before your expecting. It is a whole book devoted to ttc and pre ttc :). It will tell you all about prenatals and bbt charting and anything else women like us need or want to know.
I agree too! I started taking a prenatal this winter for late spring or summer planning or when the 20 lbs come off whichever is first! Doc also suggested vitamin d too, which was new to me. Start now and strengthen those back and hips and abs etc. good luck!
Fitness Minutes: (4,198) Posts: 88 2/29/12 1:18 P
I agree with LOOKING2FALL, now is probably a good idea! I went to see my Dr. about 2 weeks ago to discuss going off my bc in preparation for this summers TTC, and she suggested that get on pre-natals right away.
I actually picked up the gummy ones, and they are really tasty... so I'll have no problem sticking with them. I was already taking a multi-vitamin, so the Dr. said 3 months should be sufficient to prepare my body. However she also said that healthy babies are bone everyday to mothers who aren't planning for them, so don't stress out if you don't feel like taking them for a few months.
Good luck, and seriously try the gummy ones. :-)
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Fitness Minutes: (10,622) Posts: 198 2/28/12 11:07 A
i personally recommend starting now. Make sure you have folat and DHA in them. Its good to get in the habit now. I also recommended reading Getting ready to get pregnant. Its good to start the healthy lifestyle choices now, b/c you body stores a lot of nutrients so you want to have them built up for pregnancy! Good luck!!!
So the DH and I are going to start TTC (for the first time!) this fall, and in addition to weight loss/fitness as part of my pre-baby prep plan I"m seeing my lady Dr. this summer. But I was wondering, should I start taking OTC pre-natal vitamins prior to seeing my Dr.? When is a good time to start those? I think we're (currently) shooting to start TTC in September, so how many months prior should you do all this?? Is there anything else besides fitness, the Dr. visit and the vitamins that I should be adding to my to-do list?
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