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Old 10-05-2011, 09:36 AM
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Getting Pregnant For The First Time Advice!

I know I haven't been around much the past few months but I wanted some advice and thought of you guys! Our lives have been crazy the past year but he finally got through residency and is making a good salary, and I finally got to quit my nightmare 60-80 hrs a week job.

DH and I have decided we're just about ready to try for #1. I take the 3month BC packs and we're going to finish out the pack and then give it a go (so around November).

Does anyone have any experience how long after you stop BC you tend to get pregnant? I asked my OB and she said there were no real guarantees and it could be 1 month or 1 year. We are both 29 if that matters.

I know that is soon as we start trying, I have to stop eating/drinking the foods on the no-no list, since we won't know exactly when it happens.

Any have any other good advice?? I am excited and scared LOL. I am also a planner which is why I'm already worried about it a month before we start trying.

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Old 10-05-2011, 09:59 AM
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I was off the pill for about 5 months prior to 'trying' (we used other methods during those 5 months). I tracked my cycle for 3 or 4 months and charted my temp/cerv. fl./etc... so I knew exactly when I ovulated each month. I became pregnant in the first month (once we started trying). I highly suggest charting to figure out when you ovulate. I became pregnant on the first try. I was on bc pills for 16 years. I am 33 now and my baby is 10 months old.

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Old 10-05-2011, 10:10 AM
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I was very paranoid when my ex and I first started trying to have kids. My mom had fertility issues so I was very hyper aware. Like the previous poster, I charted my basal body temp (BBT) from the beginning and it was very helpful b/c I did not have the "typical" 28d cycle: I tended to ovulate on day 21-25, so had I gone by what was 'normal' it would have taken us a lot longer to get pregnant and I would have been very frustrated. It took me about 6 months to get pregnant with my oldest and about that long with my younger son.

Good luck with your ttc!!!

ETA: Just remembered that with my first, the first 4 months off BCP, I had annovulatory cycles, per my temperature/charting. I had been on BCP for maybe 3 years prior to that and once I started ovulating, it really only took 2 months.
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:33 AM
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Exciting times ahead With Vera, (my first) it took 6 months after getting off the pill. With Fletcher, 1 year. When I got pregnant with Vera I was 25 yrs old and with Fletch I was 31. I always heard about 6 months....and the Dr's say if after a yr nothing, then to go get checked out.

Wishing you much baby making fun

We wont talk about my middle child Mia....I got pregnant with her before I even thought I could, after V was born.
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Old 10-05-2011, 11:35 AM
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Yay! What an exciting time!

Make sure to start taking a prenatal vitamin with DHA as soon as possible. You want to make sure your folic acid is built up since it is imperative in the first few weeks/months of pregnancy.

I've had friends get pregnant the first month off of the pill.

If you don't want to do the temping/charting like other girl's mentioned then you could buy some ovulation predictor kits that tell you when your likely days of ovulation are instead. I found the charting/temping gave me a lot of anxiety and it was a lot of work!

I personally wouldn't start all of those 'methods' of trying to conceive the first month. I'd probably just go for it for 2-3 months while tracking how long your cycles are and then maybe try to predict your ovulation, etc. It can be really stressful trying to plan your intimate time around when you are ovulating and adds stress for some couples. It's more fun to just try every other day or every day around your fertile window, whatever suits you.
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Old 10-05-2011, 12:02 PM
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I got pregnant the first month off the pill with all 3 of my kids. They call me Fertile Myrtle. With my first I quit the pill and got the ovulation predictor kit as Kelly had mentioned and we had sex all 4 days the kit said I was ovulating and I got pregnant that first month. Everyone is different. If you really want to get pregnant the first month I would try an ovulation predictor, they were very accurate for me. Good Luck and don't stress if it doesn't happen right away. I was on the pill for 8 years before my first baby. It does take some women a few months to get into a normal cycle routine after quitting the pill.
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Old 10-05-2011, 12:16 PM
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Not sure about the pill issue. But I do suggest you track your cycle or get an ovulation predictor kit. I (like others above), do not ovulate on the "normal" schedule. Good for you trying to be healthy already! I took the 1 a Day brand Prenatal. It comes in a pack with two different bottles.

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Old 10-05-2011, 01:09 PM
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I've never been pregnant before so I can't really offer any first hand advice regarding my own personal experiences. I did have to learn quite a bit about the menstrual cycle, fertility, and fetal development in college though so that info I can offer. You should be able to get pregnant immediately once you stop taking the pill since it's the hormones from the pills that are preventing you from doing so. The body tends to default back to what is natural, which is why the effectiveness of bc drops so rapidly if a pill is missed. Like everyone has mentioned, it'd be helpful to track your cycle. This may sound kind of gross, but the easiest way (although not the 100% most accurate) is just to watch the discharge. Around ovulation, the discharge should be thin, slippery, and clear or whitish. It actually serves the purpose of guiding the sperm to the fallopian tubes. After ovulation, the discharge will become thicker and have a more pasty consistency. It's also acidic and hostile to sperm. In terms of cycle length, it's the time before ovulation that varies. After ovulation, it is always 14 plus or minus 2 days before menses. I found that this time span is an easy way to establish when you ovulate since you only have to count backwards from the first day of your period. Sperm can live within the female body for I believe 5 days (or was it 7?), so if you begin doing the baby dance a couple days before ovulation that should help increase your chances too. I have craploads of info on this stuff so just let me know if there's anything else you'd like to know. This is just stuff I can remember off the top of my head but I can go dig out all my old notes for more. Having a baby sounds so exciting, good luck!
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Old 10-05-2011, 01:20 PM
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Quick question. If it's not likely to happen right away why are you finishing your current pack of pills? Can't you just stop taking them today? Sorry, I've rarely taken BCP in my life.
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Old 10-05-2011, 02:37 PM
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^I was going to ask the same thing. If I wanted to get pregnant again, I'd stop in the middle of a pack and start trying. I'm not sure if that's the proper way to do it, but it wouldn't hurt anything.
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Old 10-05-2011, 02:57 PM
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The only reason to complete a pack of BCP is to prevent pregnancy. Otherwise you can stop taking it whenever you want.

I never took BCP, but I do know how they work.
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:04 PM
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My OBGYN recommended finishing the pack -- she said it might help the cycles regulate more easily. On BC I really don't even have periods which I'm going to miss! I was never at all regular so I will look into the charting. My good friend bought the Clear Blue Fertility monitor, followed it's recommendations, and got pregnant easily, but a sample size of one isn't very good!! -- Anyone ever try that?

I am taking the One A Day Prenatal that someone recommended already

This probably sounds dumb LOL but I'm also afraid my kitty will not like the baby
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I never had any luck with ovulation predictor kits, even when I knew I was ovulating per my temp/cervical mucuous, etc. Just dumb luck on my part and I hated the constant buying of the kits/sticks. It was cheaper for me to temp and chart. LOL
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My OBGYN recommended finishing the pack -- she said it might help the cycles regulate more easily. On BC I really don't even have periods which I'm going to miss! I was never at all regular so I will look into the charting. My good friend bought the Clear Blue Fertility monitor, followed it's recommendations, and got pregnant easily, but a sample size of one isn't very good!! -- Anyone ever try that?

I am taking the One A Day Prenatal that someone recommended already

This probably sounds dumb LOL but I'm also afraid my kitty will not like the baby
Actually, your doctor is right in telling you to continue the rest of your pill pack. If you stop in the middle of a pack it may take 2 cycles to get your cycle back on track. Definitely finish out the pack, it's less confusing to your cycle. Also, your kitty may possibly hate the baby. My kitty hated my first baby and we ended up having to get rid of her because she kept peeing in his bed I was so sad. She was the best kitty ever but she wouldn't stop.
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I've heard that women should wait a cycle or two after going off BCP. I'd listen to your doctor though. I'd think if you only had a few pills left it wouldn't matter, but then again, what's a couple of pills?
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So exciting! I'm jealous in a way of you I love that time...deciding to have kids IS scary but SO exciting. I don't have much to offer in the way of advice even though I have 3....we got preggers with the first 2 when my husband...yes husband was doing BC shots... and the last one, we just went off of my cycle. I have a pretty regular cycle, so it was kindof easy...we got pregnant with her the first month we tried...The previous 2 took longer.

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yay I have nothing to add but how exciting! I hope you have a good pregnancy when you do get pregnant!
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My OBG told me to wait a few months after stopping BCP (I had been on them for 12 yrs), and it seemed right to me, so we used other methods of birth control for a few months, and I took pre-natal vitamins through this time.

Because of my job, we were hoping for a May baby, so we did not start trying until July. I did not get preggo the first month, and I was very disappointed, so we decided that if I don't get knocked up the following moth we were going to wait another year.

Just because I was too busy to try to measure temperatures and stuff, we had sex every day that month (so we would't miss the ovulation, whenever that would be). I don't know if it helped or not, but what's certain is that I got pregnant that month and had a May baby.

Good luck and have fun trying to conceive. I would say relax and enjoy the process for a while, don't stress about measuring and charting, it kind of takes the fun out of it. Just my opinion.

I was 29 when I started trying, btw.
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Thanks for all the well wishes I am excited and also terrified LOL!
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Old 10-05-2011, 06:22 PM
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Yep, that's normal!

Wait until you get the first positive pregnancy test.
I wanted it, I was ready for it, but I was soooo shell-shocked and realized my life has changed forever.
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God luck I had fertility issues so I am not much help. However, you have about 15-20% each month of getting prego the doctors say. Within 6 months of actively trying, most women w/o fertility issues are pregnant.
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[QUOTE=Luca;2235046]I would say relax and enjoy the process for a while, don't stress about measuring and charting, it kind of takes the fun out of it. Just my opinion.QUOTE]

I agree.
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This probably sounds dumb LOL but I'm also afraid my kitty will not like the baby
When I had my son I was also worried about this. However, My cat loved the baby from the moment I took him home. She would sleep beside his crib and became very protective over him. She would hiss and try to scratch strangers (strangers to her) when they came to see him When he was a little older, she would follow him around while he crawled, going at his same pace, like a bodyguard

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I read Taking Charge of Your Fertility when we decided to try. It was very informative regarding what happens to your body during your cycle and how to read the signs of ovulation etc. We got pregnant our first month trying.
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When I had my son I was also worried about this. However, My cat loved the baby from the moment I took him home. She would sleep beside his crib and became very protective over him. She would hiss and try to scratch strangers (strangers to her) when they came to see him When he was a little older, she would follow him around while he crawled, going at his same pace, like a bodyguard
I hope my kitty does that!

I think a book is a good idea. My mom had such an easy time getting pregnant (3 of us in under 4 years) that she never really even worried or thought about it, so she isn't much help!
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