Ttc 2023

I just get the pre-natal at my local big supermarket. I checked it and it has all the same amounts of vitamin in it as the more expensive stuff and it’s also vegan. It’s a big pill though. I also take an extra one that is specifically for bone health because I have consumed a lot of coca cola in my time and that can impact bone density.

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Thats pretty much what [name_u]Ive[/name_u] been doing for my past two pregnancies except I have a hard time swallowing pills so [name_u]Ive[/name_u] been doing the gummy version. But Im thinking of trying something new this time around.

[name_u]Ive[/name_u] heard good things about the amazon brand too, that overall they were a pretty decent and pretty affordable.

I’ve been taking [name_u]Olly[/name_u] gummies and I hate them. but I don’t want to be wasteful so I’m going to finish the bottle. I think they work fine but after I broke the seal on the bottle, within two days the gummies were hard and way too chewy. I think I’m going to go back to vitafusion gummies and supplementing with folate and iron pills. I am not great at swallowing big pills so that has kept me with gummies.

Thats good to know, ive been taking spring valley prenatal gummies, which has worked for me.

Has anyone tried the smartypants brand gummies?

I’ve never tried any gummy vitamins - although DH swears by them.

I seem to be ovulating about 10 days ‘early’ compared to my previous cycles. It’s really thrown me off because it’s such a big change - my cycles until now have been 40 days but this earlier ovulation means I’m looking at closer to 26 day cycle. I’ve had positive OPKs and I’m feeling very, very nauseous (common ovulation symptom for me). I feel like I should be positive about this but the change in pattern is bothering me, I only bothered testing because of the nausea and now I’m confused. I’m really starting to reconsider the possibility I have PCOS but the doctor I saw a few months ago didn’t seem to think it was a concern.


@Maerad how frustrating! Stress, illness, etc can throw off cycles but that is a pretty big difference. Unfortunately PCOS can look different in different people and not always present with “stereotypical” symptoms. Hopefully this cycle is it for you but maybe you could ask for further testing if not. [name_f]My[/name_f] doctor didn’t put PCOS in my chart until I had an ultrasound. Fingers crossed for you though!


Not much of an update here. I’ve been having headaches and cramping…so I’m thinking my period will show up soon. Not surprised, since I had some negative tests awhile back.


That sounds pretty confusing :frowning: I think it would be perfectly reasonable to go see the Dr. again, that seems like a pretty drastic change. And I know my experience with dr.'s, [name_u]Ive[/name_u] been brushed off so many times, I feel like it always takes me several appointments or different Dr.s to get someone to really listen to me and take my concerns seriously.

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I have 7 more days of my 2 week wait and 3 days until I can test with a mostly accurate result. Ugh. I’ve already tested twice :sweat_smile: I’m so dumb.


I have a doctor’s appointment this week. Not for anything specific, just check-up, but I intend to use this to dump all my questions regarding TTC on him. What I want to ask about:

  • my existing conditions and their respective medication
  • my diet (vegetarian for 10+years, I’ve always said I’d stop if I was pregnant, but my husband thinks I should get a professional opinion on drastically changing my diet while (/trying to get) pregnant )
  • how long before I can expect my cycle to return after I get off the pill after 12 years

Is there anything obvious I am forgetting? [name_u]Doctor[/name_u] will probably have more to say on the topic on his own but I figured I’d collect as many questions as possible in advance.


That’s a pretty good list. I feel like most of the questions i can think of could probably be answered by Google, or are more pregnancy oriented.

I would probably just ask him for general ttc advice. Maybe advice on which prenatals they would recommend? [name_u]Or[/name_u] if they would recommend any supplements? Though I feel like the supplements would probably come up when discussing diet.

Good luck!


Seems like a good list to me! I agree with @LibelluleClaire that it may be good to ask for some general TTC advice too. Another thing I might recommend is asking if blood work to check your hormones would be appropriate - my husband and I both did that to make sure we were in a good place with that and I’m glad we did that. Definitely a personal choice but I’m glad we did it.


update for us: a couple of negative negative tests and my period started, so IUI was unsuccessful this month. :frowning: I think we are going to take a month off of IUI to give myself a break from the medicine, let us breathe emotionally speaking, and recoup financially because the costs really add up. We’ll TTC the old fashioned way this month, lol.

Is anyone taking progesterone during their cycle? I take it for the last 14 days of each cycle and I HATE it so much. It makes me feel drunk for a few hours after I take it, and my periods when it ends are terrible, worse than normal. Has anyone else experienced this? Am I crazy? :sweat_smile:


[name_f]My[/name_f] appointment was somewhat anticlimactic. Turns out there’s no sufficient data to tell if my medication is safe for pregnancy or not. I have another appointment with the doctor who could get me a different one anyway, but it’s in late [name_u]November[/name_u] (and not late [name_u]October[/name_u] how I wrongly remembered) so TTC is delayed until at least [name_u]December[/name_u] :roll_eyes:


Update for me: I was right. [name_f]My[/name_f] period showed up the day after I last posted. All done with now, so now we’ll see how things turn out this time. I’m trying not to get too ahead of myself but my mind is starting to drift to holiday announcements and gender reveal ideas. [name_f]Pink[/name_f] or blue [name_u]Christmas[/name_u] lights?! So cute!


@Wandarine That’s a little wild to me that they aren’t able to tell you if it is safe for pregnancy! Sorry you didn’t get a clear answer.

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I’m planning to be vegetarian through my whole ttc/pregnancy journey. I don’t think there’s any particular reason not to be as long as you’re eating a balanced diet.
(Not accounting for any meat cravings, which I very well might have). No judgement if you do decide to eat meat during ttc and pregnancy, more just saying I’m not aware of any health reasons to avoid being vegetarian for it. I know people with well planned and nutritionally balanced vegan diets who’ve had multiple healthy pregnancies.


@eloiseattheplaza It even says so in the leaflet so I can’t say I’m surprised :person_shrugging: tbh this is probably for the better because DH prefers to start trying in [name_u]January[/name_u] '24 anyways. Now we don’t have to fight over that.

@Maerad The thing is I’ve never had an especially balanced diet. I have needed treatment for self-inflicted anaemia before, and at another point I was told to stop taking supplements because I had too much iron. I made an appointment to get my blood tested and I’ll ask that doctor about pregnancy as well. The gyn also mentioned the meat cravings though, so who knows :sweat_smile:
The other thing is that I’ve started saying that when I was 13 and people were trying to convince me that I’d die if I don’t have meat every day, and it felt like a very smart compromise at the time.

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@Wandarine @Maerad

Vegetarian vs omnivorous ramblings

Sorry for jumping in on a thread I’m not a part of…
But adding another perspective,

I was raised vegetarian (not vegan) since birth. Was 32 when I had my first baby. Had been a reasonably fit dancer and hiker in the past, thought I was healthy-ish even at 32 (too much chocolate but broad range of veges and nuts etc too). I took pregnancy multivitamins etc.

But the demands of pregnancy on my body… I felt like I was never satiated no matter what I ate. Always craving ‘something’. I think I was craving meat despite never having even tried it.

Then with birth, breastfeeding, the pregnancy and birth of my second… it was really hard psychologically and getting used to the idea of meat and the textures, but I’ve managed to start having a spag bol with a mince and vege sauce about once a week and I feel SO MUCH BETTER. I dunno. I’ve gone from a vegetarian of 35 years who saw eating any animal as equivalent to eating a pet… to someone who really thinks meat in moderation, particularly for pregnancy and birth, is possibly really important for at least some people?


So, I still don’t belong here, we’re not TTC and had come to the decision our family was complete… but had a wee contraceptive mishap and decided not to bother with Plan B, and so I find myself in a 2 week wait of sorts.

I feel like I need somewhere to write it down because the 2ww SUCKS, and I don’t know where else to go because it’s always been nameberry :sweat_smile:

So yeh, this will be a short stay in this thread, and I’m going to be either sad or terrified whichever way it goes, but hi! :face_with_peeking_eye: