I've also read that you shouldn't be doing vigorous exercising when TTC. It seems like it's usually OK to continue with your exercise program if you are already used to it, and are not completely wiped afterward. Basically, as long as you have control over your breathing, aren't too hot (like bikram yoga), and stay hydrated, you are good to go. I'd bet there are some exercises to avoid, but so far I haven't read of any specific ones off limits before TTC on the girls end. For guys, biking can be an issue. My husband bikes an hour 5x a week, so I'm hoping that won't be a problem.
I made a preconception appointment for the end of May, so I hope to get some answers from my doctor then. I still have a ton of weight to lose, and won't be TTC for a long time, however, I want to hear what the doctor says about everything. I have read if you're not up to date on certain shots, you should get them at least 1 month prior to TTC. I don't know if the shots are 100% necessary or not, but it's probably something to talk about with your doctor.
So helpful! I was just looking around trying to find good books to read before TTC. I feel like there is so much out there about once you are pregnant or what to do if you are having problems TTC, but I feel like there is so much I don't know about what to be eating, what types of exercises, ect. that will not only help when I am ready to TTC, but will prepare me once pregnant. Like, I've heard that when TTC you don't want to be doing too vigorous of activity due to implantation?? So much to learn! This gives me a great place to start. Thank you!
Reading these books has got be wanting to start TTC right now!! We're planning on waiting until after our 2nd year anniversary trip (going to Vegas for a week). I really don't want to be pregnant while on that trip LOL!! But right after would be nice :D
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I recently learned quite a bit by reading both Before Your Pregnancy: A 90-Day Guide (Revised edition) by Amy Ogle & What To Expect Before You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff. Though I definitely favored the first (Before Your Pregnancy), I enjoyed What To Expect as well.
Before going into things I read, I want to mention the differences in the books from my perspective:
Before Your Pregnancy:
Better format- easier to skip to what you want to read (I felt What To Expect had a lot of unnecessary lead-up in comparison- but that may be due to reading BYP first, thus knowing a lot of the information already)
Better information on drawbacks of being overweight/obese
GREAT information on what vitamins/minerals you need (& why you need them)- breaks it up between TTC & pregnancy itself - incredibly detailed
Eating plans (such as food servings before pregnancy, during, etc)
Workout plan to help your body prepare for TTC & safe for pregnancy (looked fairly easy)
What To Expect Before You're Expecting
WAY better information on TTC & symptoms of pregnancy
A lot of information on fertility issues (I did not read most of this, since I haven’t started TTC yet)
Pages on miscarriages (I am unsure if the other book had as much)
Many pages of charts at the back of the book to track fertility
Now that I have that out of the way, I’m going to list some things I learned. Both books might have more detail on these things-- this is just what I wrote down. I’d like to note, that any of this information could no longer be “correct” or may even be debated on by Doctors- I have no idea. I’m planning on asking my Doctor before TTC further about many things, and I recommend that everybody does the same! :)
Before Your Pregnancy: Caffeine- 200 mg per day or less one month prior & throughout pregnancy. 100 mg or less if there are any fertility issues.
Get x-rays and work done BEFORE getting pregnant... teeth issues can affect fetal growth & development, lead to poor nutrition & poor fetal weight gain, and can cause preterm labor.
SEPT-NOV... get flu shot (before or during pregnancy)... benefits you and your baby up to 6 months after birth.
Folic acid supplements do not offer any extra protection vs. neural tube defects to babies born to obese moms (I didn’t write down why, just wrote down page # 426)
Best time of day to take prenatal is with a low-calcium meal any time of the day to minimize interference with iron absorption.
Recommended weight gain in pregnancy Normal: 25-35 lb Overweight: 15-26 lb Obese: 11-20 lb
Should gain 4.5 lbs during first trimester Try very hard NOT to lose weight during 1st trimester- if you are overweight/obese, try to maintain.
2nd and 3rd trimesters: normal: 1 lb per week underweight: slightly over 1lb per week overweight & obese: half lb per week
Avoid eating soft cheeses like: brie, feta, blue cheese, camembert, and mexican style, UNLESS melted and brought to boil first - many of these are made w/ unpasteurized milk (easily contaminated, apparently)
Example of Vitamin information: Vitamin A: *Easy to have too much, which is then BAD for baby! No more than 10,000 IU per day TTC: 2300 IU or 700 mcg Pregnant: 2550 IU DV (Recommended Daily Value): 5000 IU per day (2x amount for women!)
3 oz chicken: 50-250 IU 1 egg yolk: 500 IU 1 tsp butter: 165 IU 1 oz most cheese: 100-500 IU 1 serving cereal: 500-1250 IU 1 cup milk: 500 IU
**** Vitamin A (as beta-carotene) is OK, since it is not in retinol form, which is what you count to stay below 10k IU. Ex: supplement with 100% DV for A, 40 % from beta-carotene, means only 60% of the DV (3000 IU)
***acceptable to take up to 5000 IU beta-carotene as A.
What To Expect Before You're Expecting
“safe” teas to drink- peppermint, citrus and ginger *** Green tea decreases the effectiveness of folic acid- limit to a cup a day. (Though I wonder if decaffeinated green tea does the same?)
Overweight people with an apple shaped body have a harder time conceiving than overweight people with a pear shaped body.
Conceiving can take 3x as long for heavy couples vs. healthy weighted couples.
A loss of 5-10% body weight in overweight women (esp. when obese) who haven’t been ovulating results in spontaneous ovulation in 60% of women.
B12 deficiency (more common w/vegetarians) has shown to lead to ovulation issues & repeat miscarriages.
Again, I'd like to say again that both books had a ton of great information, & I recommend both very much. Personally, I'd say either one is a good choice, since I'd imagine Doctor's will keep you well informed anyway (or at least will have after our many questions).
If anyone has read any other books, or read an interesting article, please feel free to add what you've learned & what you liked (or disliked) about the book/article here!
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