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    is there anything special you did.

    im going to have my full doctors check soon, and im starting back on the fefol. anything else?


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    - have your GP check for rubella immunity

    - maybe also go to your gyno and have a pap smear

    - take folic acid (prevents spina bifida) 1 ms before ttc and at least first 3 ms of pregnancy (min. 400 micrograms a day - any antenatal vitamins contain at least 400 or more than that)

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    the fefol is folic acid so that covers that, i went to the doctors for a pap smar today so that covers that. and i had the rubella immunity redone before i started work, so that covers that, so hopefully im in good shape then!

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    - Quit smoking (if you do, and can)
    - Start eating more vegimite if you like it, good source of additional folate and iron, as well as all those B group vitamins
    - Get more calcium in your diet.
    - Start cutting back on alcohol and caffiene (not really nescessary, but if you start to eat like you are pregnant now, you'll get into the habit, and it won''t be such a change when you do get preggers)

    When you do get pregnant start using a safe moisturiser like Palmers cocoa butter for stretch marks, or something similar. If you keep your skin soft and supple, you'll have lesss chance of getting stretch marks. There are a couple of samples in the Bounty mum-to-be bag you get at your first OB/midwife appointment.

    That's all I can think of, but I didn't do any of those things until I was 3 weeks or so. That's the advantage of forward planning I guess.

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    Oh, and if you have cats make sure you're careful when cleaning out their litter boxes so that you don't get toxoplasmosis (ideally get someone else to do the cleaning out).

    Good luck! Hope you get that BFP soon :-)

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    What does everyone think about drinking while you are TTC? I love having a glass of wine with dinner but read somewhere that even one drink per week can lengthen the average amount of time it takes to conceive. But then on the other hand I'm also feeling like it is a little ridiculous to abstain even during the two weeks of the month I know I'm not pregnant.

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    I have had an occasional drink whilst TTC, not during the 2WW, but maybe once a month, often not even that (I'm not much of a drinker anyway). I really haven't done much reading into it, but I reckon as long as you're sensible about it and don't go overboard then it shouldn't cause any problems.

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    I tend to only drink while I have my period & before we BD the first time that cycle. So if we BD a week after my period then I can drink for probably 2 weeks. Not that I do every day.....

    That way I am certain I'm not drinking while pregnant!

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    Thanks Angel and Sarah H. Sounds like you are both being sensible. I won't feel guilty about a glass of wine on the weekends when I am certain I am not pregnant. All my friends are wine drinkers and it becomes such an issue when we socialize. :roll:

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    DH canned the drinking and smoking. He also lost about 20kgs! I have given up the total junkfood diet! Taking all the right dietary supplements too.

    Both of us have also increased our level of exercise, too.

    Cant hurt, anyway. And the weekends are a lot cheaper!


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    Suga.........

    DH & I both gave up the smokes and alcohol....we had been TTC for 2.5 years at that point, so it was one of our last avenues to try. We also took a lot more excersice and maintained our already healthy diet.

    Not sure if it worked or not, but it certainly made me feel like we were the ones in control!

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    I started pre-conception care at least 6 months before TTC. Cut out alcohol and caffeine (including chocolate), did a detox, bought organic food and changed my lifestyle. DH cut down on drinking as well. Followed advice from 'Natural Way to Better Babies' and went to a Naturopath and DH and I started supplementing.

    I don't know it this helped or not being a first pg. We conceived on the 1st attempt and have had a great pg so far with no major problems.

    Everyone is different but I believe getting your body well can help.

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    Gemma, KeenAs: What kind of supplements did you start using? I've heard of taking folate, do you know if there are there any others that are good to take before/during TTC?

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    Folate, vitamin C, evening primrose oil, iron, vitamin B complex, Iodine, vitex.

    But DEFINITELY not Vitamin A - this has been known to cause birth defects if taken in excess of recommended daily intake.



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    The supplement thing..........folate is the only one that is recommended by my OB......& I tend to agree with him on this...........that multivitamins can cause the body to "overdose" on some vits and minerals. If you want to your body to have the optimum amount of vitamins and minerals, the best way to ensure this is to maintain a healthy balanced diet with a broad spectrum of fresh foods, fruit and veggies. (Boring, I know, but I honestly believe this is the best way......)

    Suga, The feeling in control thing was SO important for me and my overall mental health........I felt that I was spiralling into a horrible place of barren misery, & the only way I could see out of that was for me to be healthy and to take steps to control everything that was in my range of control. As soon as I did (gave up the smokes, cut out the grog, started excersing a lot more etc, I felt SO MUCH HAPPIER, even though I wasn't pregnant. And I did get pregnant 4 months later.

    It is hard when all your friends are in a different place/life stage. I stopped going out after work as these nights out tended to be binges, and made sure that I kept up with friends though going for brunch/lunch instead. We kept our TTC plans very very secret, so I "pretended" that I wasn't partying as much because of work etc as well.

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    Hi Suga,

    My DH and I have never smoked to start with so that is not a problem for us. Though I would definately recommend you stop now if you do.

    I stopped drinking alcohol two months before TTC, and my DH also drinks none but may have a beer if AF has arrived (he loves his home brew and may have one if he has made a new batch).

    We also do not drink any coffee and we also keep eating healthy (I try and follow the food pyramid as best i can when cooking meals).

    DH and I go swimming three times/wk (except when I have AF) and I try and cycle two days/wk while DH does his weights. We have always done this though.

    If you don't usually do any exercise, they recommend that you start slowly because your body is not use to it and you could do more harm then good if you over do it.

    Swimming is an excellent sport and I can not recommend it highly enough. You can start slowly and then increase the time you swim and the pase you swim at as you go. PLUS you don't have to stop when pregnant, I have read that it is actually the best sport to do in pregnancy and can help in reducing common pregnancy ailments. It is great for strengthening muscles (very important in pregnancy) and toning the body and is also great for your circulation.

    I have also been taking folate for two months now, and you should take it as soon as you are going to TTC. I also take calcium tablets (I can't have dairy products) and I have had my iron levels checked which are fine.

    So that is what we do. It all looks very daunting but it really isn't and it is just apart of our routines.

    Hope that helps you out a bit,
    Nadine.

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    I took the following as recommended my my naturopath:

    Multi vitamin - a specific one with low Vit A, some of the general ones have too much Vit A.

    Fish Oil - Blackmores

    Vit C - buffered is best

    Magnesium - Fibroplex

    Zinc - My zinc level was really low and zinc is needed for TTC and birth. You can go to a chemist and ask for a zinc tally test which is free. If you get no taste then you need to supplement, stong unpleasant taste - zinc is okay. Best to speak with a professional about zinc as too much can do harm too.

    Herbal thyroid tabs - thryroid was hyper and my temps at the start of my cycle were too low (below 36).

    Folate - 3 months prior TTC

    Iron - low as indicated by a blood test

    Herbal general detox - which was specifically for pg and pre-conception. It contained some herbs to help eliminate toxins.

    I agree with Lucy about overdosing on vits. I would not have taken anything unless I consulted with a naturopath who specialised in pre-conception and pg care. OB's tend not to supplement and mine is one of them. I agree that you should get everything from eating well balanced meals but the pesticides and things sprayed on our fruit and vegies and the poor quality of soil in Aust make it hard for us to get everything from food. The supplements I took helped to eliminate the toxins from my body years of eating this food.

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    Thanks
    I am definately going to make an effort to start getting a little more healthy - need to do more excersise a a starter - might take up swimming, as we have a nice aquatic center near home. we aren't TTC or planning to just yet, but i just want to get more fit for my general health, and also for when we do start TTC later this year/next year.

    Are there any risks involved if you do take too many vitamins?
    Could it stunt baby's growth or cause deformities?

    Also, do any of you know the affects of lots of caffeiene before/during pregnancy/TTC?? I rarely ever drink anything that contains caffiene , but i do eat choc which i have heard does contain caffeine.

    (sorry if i am asking too many questions)


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