Hello!! In need of some help with the basics of TTC.

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Hello!! In need of some help with the basics of TTC.

My name is Jamie and in 2002/2003/2004, I was an avid poster on PO. I had taken some time off, as my child got older. I am now engaged and due to get married within a little over two weeks. My Fiancee and I have been TTC for two months now. Basically all we have been doing is taking ovulations tests, and elevating my hinnie for up two hours after every session of intercourse. I already have one nine year old daughter, though he has no children and is desperate to be a father. I have made a promise to myself if I am not pregnant by the time my child is eleven, I will than stop TTC, as I believe the age difference is just to much of a gap(like i have heard "you do not want one in diapers and one in highschool"
). Especially at this point, she is not thrilled with Momma trying TTC. I really would like to learn the ins and outs of TTC, and if you kind ladies could start me off with the basics I would appreciate it more than you know. I began my period on the fifth of this month and would like to start TTC full force with this cycle (does your cycle begin before or after your period,lol)? Well ladies, any advice you have to offer is greatly appreciated it. My Fiancee is so excited he literally has his legs wrapped around my waist as I type this leaning up against him; saying "hurry up!! finish, so we can get some replies!!!"

Thanks so much for your kindness and consideration in this matter.


mrs.doolittle's picture
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Hi Jamie! My best advice is to get a copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility. It's a great book if you really want to know everything that is going on with your body.

To answer your other question...you're on the third day of your cycle now. The first day is the day your period starts. Smile

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Yes, definitely get yourself a copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility! I think every woman should own a copy, not just those TTC. It's that great of a book. Smile

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Just bought it with my kindle!!! Any other info....like after sex, how should I support my body, bc TMIIIIII alert he drips out of me profusely.

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technically they suggest laying in bed with a pillow under your hips for about 15 mins. No scientific proof but it couldn't hurt. You usually ovulate about 12-15 days after your period starts and so you should DTD every other day around that time, aiming to actually DTD on the day you ovulate as well. That book is a great one to give you lots of info.

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Start charting, I dont chart hardcore, I only chart the start of my period, which is then cycle date 1 and it gives you the time in which you should ovulate and with me its always been right on. You should dtd the 3 days you are most fertile and if you feel like it then some. You dont have to elevate yourself for 2 hrs! Just 15 min afterward. Start taking a prenatal vitamin also if you havent already.
www.fertilityfriend.com lets you chart for free. Good luck

As for the age gap, me and my sisters are 10 yrs and 12 yrs apart, It is a big gap but doable, my coworker got pg and had her son in june and her daughter just turned 11 in nov, she was against it to but now just loves him and takes care of him. Hope she comes around.

ps, for the dripping out part, it only takes one and its never been a problem here...!

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Ladies, before I read the above replies I real fast wanted to state that I just bought flax seed oil 1000mg, Folic acid 800mg, B-Complex vitamins and Evening Primrose oil 500mg. I was reading an article on PO that stated those are good vitamins to take while TTC. How and what do you recommend I take?? Thanks so much in advance, Ladies!

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Folic acid should be in your prenatal. It's recommended to take a prenatal when TTC. I always take a prenatal instead of regular vitamins, no matter what. Folic acid isn't so much for TTC but for when you're pregnant it's very important to have it for the developing baby. You don't want to be low on it!
EPO I don't remember anything about other than you should only take it till you ovulate and then stop.
Can't help with the rest.
Read the book - it has everything and more you need to know!!! Biggrin

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Hi Jamie:

I would be happy to help with any specific questions you might have. Just post a message or send me a PM. As for your questions on the best time to bed; that really depends on your individual cycle and when you ovulate. Since you just started temping; you should be begin to notice a pattern after a few cycles. Not every woman is the same; for instance the average is CD14, where as I'm usually on CD19 or so. Ideally, to increase your chances, you would bed the two days prior to ovulation, the day of and the two days following.

As for vitamins, Folic Acid and B6 / B12 are all great! I also recommend pre-seed, it's a much more sperm friendly lubricant.

Good luck!! Christa

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Evening Primrose Oil & Flax Seed Oil (Essential Fatty Acids for cervical mucus and to nourish the nerves and facilitate communication between cells)
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs): Linseeds (Flax), which are an excellent form of both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, have been proven to encourage regularity of the cycle among other things. Even if hormonal imbalance is not at the root of your condition, it is worth adding these fatty acids to your diet. There are many factors that are now known to affect the way fatty acids are used by our bodies, including high adrenaline levels (in the case of stress), high alcohol consumption, and high levels of cholesterol. If your body is NOT getting or using enough of the fatty acids consumed, your cycle can be affected. You can't lose by adding these supplements to your diet.
Vitex to balance hormones; also called Chaste Berry or Agnus Castus
Red Raspberry:to strengthen the uterus, thus lengthen LP and prevent miscarriage.
B6: to lengthen Luteal Phase and assists RNA & DNA & production of red blood cells
B Vitamins: to help lengthen luteal phase. These are often called the 'stress' vitamins because they can help you to cope with the pressures of everyday life. As stress can be such an important factor in causing irregular periods it is important that you have some help in dealing with it. Vitamins B2, B3 and B6 are also necessary for thyroid hormone production and B5 (pantothenic acid) is essential for optimum adrenal function. Both imbalances in thyroid function and stress can affect your cycle. The easiest way to make sure you are getting a good supply of these vitamins is to take them in the form of a good B-complex tablet. B vitamins are synergistic, which means that they work together.
Alfalfa increases cm, alkalizes & detoxifies body
Lecithin aids in the absorption of thiamine, increases carbohydrate digestion, breaks down fats and helps detoxify and repair damage to the liver and assists in absorption of Vitamin A & B1
False Unicorn Root alkalizes ovaries, kidneys & bladder, known as the herb for fertility!
Licorice Root (Deglycyrrhizinated w/ glycine). Licorice Root has estrogen/progesterone like effects, cleanses the colon and decreases muscular spasms and increases fluidity of mucus.
Calcium/Magnesium: is great at night not only to nourish the body but relaxes and promotes a sound sleep!
Magnesium: This mineral has been classed as 'nature's tranquilliser', so it is an essential inclusion in the diet of anyone suffering from irregular periods. In fact, anyone in today's hectic society will benefit from a magnesium supplement. Stress is often a factor in period irregularity, and this mineral will help to redress the balance of a stressful lifestyle.
Antioxidants: Antioxidants are particularly relevant with irregular periods. It is believed that antioxidants have the ability to prevent cells from mutating. In other words, they prevent cells from becoming 'abnormal'. This is extremely important if you have been diagnosed with thickening of the womb lining (endometrial hyperplasia) because you don't want the cells to mutate. Antioxidants include vitamins A, C and E and the mineral selenium. Their effects have been proven: women with womb tumours have been shown to have less of both selenium and vitamin E than women without them so make sure you are getting enough of these valuable nutrients.
Progesterone Cream: helps to increase Luteal phase by balancing out hormones.
Changing diet as outlined in the book: Fertility Cycles and Nutrition by Marilyn Shannon (I don't have this book, but have heard good things about it). here is a link to a hormone balancing diet: http://www.marilynglenville.com/foundation_of_health.htm

Here is an outline for dosage: The supplement programme below should be taken for at least three months in order to achieve best results

  • A good multivitamin and mineral tablet
  • B-complex vitamin (containing 100 mg of each B vitamin) - I've been told to take 2xday; so 200 mg each.
  • Magnesium (300mg per day)
  • Linseed oil (also known as flaxseed oil at 1000mg per day)
  • Vitamin C (1000mg per day)
  • An antioxidant tablet, containing vitamin A and selenium
  • Plus the herb Agnus castus
  • Evening Primrose Oil (1500-3000mg/day) - only take until O. Can cause uterine contractions so stop taking after O. But, the Flaxoil is okay to continue the whole time.
  • Mucinex (guaifenesin) - 200mg/3xday; increase to maximum daily dosage as indicated on package if after 3 months there is no improvement. Begin taking from 5 days before O and day of O. Or, as soon as creamy CM is present until day of O.

Increase and thin mucus to become more sperm friendly

When you are dry from clomid or any reason and need to increase cervical mucus, here is what you need:

  • Evening Primrose Oil an Essential Fatty Acid nourishes the nerves which facilitate communication between cells, causes uterine contractions which contribute to the increase of cervical mucus.
  • Alfalfa (increases cm, alkalizes & detoxifies body)
  • Licorice Root (Deglycyrrhizinated w/ glycine). Licorice Root has estrogen/progesterone like effects, cleanses the colon and decreases muscular spasms and increases fluidity of mucus.
  • Guaifenesin Syrup Also known as Expectorant or the brand name "Robi" will thin the mucus you have and make it more sperm friendly. Note: Mucinex is the same thing in pill form. Easier to take and it's a higher dosage!
  • Children's Aspirin Aspirin will thin the blood, increasing blood flow.

Here are some links:


Natural Progesterone Cream:

Side note: I noticed this comment on another BB I was browsing while searching LPD info.
Vitex and B6 combo did make my luteal phase one day longer, but it shortened my follicular phase by 2 days - the days the egg develops. On vitex/B6 I ovulated on CD8. That was too early for a well developed follicle. Just watch your chart carefully that the combo doesn't move your ovulation sooner because that cancels out the benefits of a longer luteal phase.

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One Caution about Vitamin A:
DO NOT Consume extra vitamin A (recommend 2700IU/day not to exceed 5000IU/day). Retinol forms of vitamin A, usually derived from fish oils are the concern; beta-carotene/plant form is okay.

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