Looking for health tips related to the conceiving process

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Looking for health tips related to the conceiving process

Hey guys,

So my husband and I are about to start the process of conceiving our first child. Before we start I want to try to get healthier in general. I think it will be easier/better to remain healthy through my pregnancy rather than get healthy during my pregnancy. I am just looking for any advice/tips/products/etc that you guys recommend. I wanted to ask here over just a regular workout/health site in case there was something in particular to be mindful of in regards to getting pregnant.

About me: I'm 27 and my husband is 26. I'm 5'7" and a bit overweight but not obese. I had epilepsy as a kid and currently take medication for it, however, I havent had a seizure in 13 years and am in the process of going off of the medication (the seizure medication during preganancy is a whole other topic). I currently take folic acid along with my seizure meds and am on birth control for the time being. Im also a pediatric occupational therapist, hence the screenname Smile Thanks in advance. Looking forward to what anyone has to say!

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The biggest things I can think of are start taking a full prenatal vitamin (though the folic acid is the important part) and start exercising. After you get off of the birth control, you might want to track your ovulation, there are several ways that can be done. Speak to your OB or midwife to see if they have any particulars about your diet or other things.

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I am definitely going to start exercising more. I'm considering taking yoga and then maybe biking or jogging. I've seen apps that help you track your ovulation as well as charts and things you can buy. Is there a specific chart or app you recommend? Between working with kids and living in NYC I'm always on the go so I'm definitely interested in any kind of technology to use during this process. Thanks for the reply!

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I am no help with the charting, I haven't ever done that. I have used the ovulation test strips (cheapo ones from amazon)with success. There is some pretty good information on the main page as well as links to resources. At first I really just recommend doing it like bunnies and having fun, unless you have reason to believe that there will be trouble. For me it was much more fun before I started treating it like an assignment.

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I use the fertility friend app to track everything. Google "basal body temperature" - I use that technique to get a sense of what my cycles are, and it confirms ovulation for you. Good luck!

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That is a superb job. well done! It will save me (and doubtless many others) an awful lot of time. Thank you.

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Hi there, you are just doing the right thing. And baby dusts to you, let me also share here with you a site I've been using to track my ovulation and I hope it could also help you on your TTC, good luck. Ovulation predictor - predict your ovulation online!