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    BabyLovesPrada posted:
    Hi My name is Lyndee and myselff and DH decided before we got married that we wanted to stop all "preventative measures" on our 1 year anniversay.

    Our anniversary in June 13th and quickly approaching! I would love to talk to other folks who are kind a in the same boat and discuss things like nutrition, prenatals and stoping drinking ect to increase the chance of fertility. I am 33 years old and this will be my first child.

    I have some great recent mom's who i chat with on other boards who I will ask to swing by and give their opinions and advice.

    So thanks for reading! I hope you post!!!!!
    stephs_3_kidz responded:
    Hey BLP! Errr...Lyndee. (it's a habit, LOL)

    Do you take birth control pills?

    With my first, it took us 13 months to conceive him after having been on BCPs for almost 3 years. Ugh.

    I suggest getting a complete physical, and making an appointment with your OBGYN to discuss the whole TTC process.

    Continuing to take the prenatal vitamins is excellent, and stopping drinking is important, too, but you know all that. I've heard some girls say that using KY is bad for TTCing, something about decreasing sperm motility?? Preseed is a very popular lube that some people swear by in the TTC process.

    If you have any specific questions I'll be glad to attempt to answer them for you if I can!

    I'm so excited for you!!! I can't wait until you start BDing! LOL
    BabyLovesPrada replied to stephs_3_kidz's response:

    thank you for posting!!! LOL We are ceasing the BC in June, I had gotten the go ahead and blessings from my OB last month during my annual, I started the prenatals the day after that and I am very consciencious of what I am eating more fruits and veggies, leaner proteins and drinking a ton of water and even drinking milk and I HATE milk- ok, its chocolate milk, but still its calcium LOL, pretty much cut out the soda and caffiene- sorry can't spell today.

    I have a personal question! did you use a midwife? do you know what a doula? is? Did you breast feed and what the heck is BDing? sorry, for all the questions, none of my friends have kids, my mother is deceased and I don't get along so well with Dh's sister who has kids, any advice is GREATLY appreciated!!!!!

    LOL its funny, while you were posting this, I was posting a shout out to you on the couples board!!!!!

    stephs_3_kidz replied to BabyLovesPrada's response:
    I don't mind personal questions at all.

    I didn't use a midwife, I used an OB every time. I do know what a doula is but I never used one of those, either.

    BDing is "baby dancing" in, having sex in order to pro-create! lol

    I did breastfeed my first for 3 months, then I had trouble pumping at work so then I put him on formula during the day and breastfed on my days off and in the evenings. DD1, I breastfed her for about 3 months, then she was DONE with it. My milk supply was low, so I guess that was why she wasn't satisfied.

    With DD2, my breastmilk was ORANGE and nobody could figure out why. I couldn't produce anything besides bright orange breastmilk. My dr put me on Reglan to help increase my breastmilk supply but it continued to be weird colors and they advised me to stop. Later they figured out it was the Docusate I was taking due to constipation issues after her birth. Docusate is a bright orange liquigel...LOL. Oh well.

    With #4, I had a pretty rough c-section (my ONLY c-section, and my last kid--not fair, LOL). So they kept him in the nursery quite a bit and gave him several bottles at the hospital. I was producing zero---absolutely zero--breastmilk 5 days post-delivery, so once again, they put me on Reglan and I was pumping like crazy..NOTHING.

    I just gave up and gave the boy formula. He didn't seem to mind. So really my first and second kids were the only ones who had positive bf'ing experiences. I don't beat myself up over it. I tried.

    My responses tend to be pretty long, since I've had 4 kids and all my deliveries/pregnancies have been different.
    kristinmarie722 responded:
    FYI- Regarding getting off of birth control- I was off of it for only 2 months when I got preggo. We obviously weren't TTC but it happened really fast for me.

    My BFF had a doula for her first baby and said she was vey helpful. My understanding is a doula is more of a "coach" to help with labor, someone with experience that can help.

    Good luck! If you have any questions let me know and I can hopefully answer them for you. I love talking about babies and pregnancy and labor
    BabyLovesPrada replied to stephs_3_kidz's response:
    Hey I would say you gave BF TONS of effort and absolutely NOT beat yourself up over it, dang. I love that you ahve so many experiences and I intend to benefit from them LOL, you are my wise guru
    BabyLovesPrada replied to kristinmarie722's response:
    Kristen, my family members, mom included were are fertil myrtles and that is what I am hoping for, we decided not to get neurotic about the whole TTC process, We are going to give it a year "naturally" and then if we need to make adjustments after that, so be it.

    Thanks for the info on a doula, I had see it referenced on the boards before and had no idea and since I was only lurking and not preg (and some of those gilrs do not like outsiders interupting their party) I felt weird asking, so thanks!

    I am really happy, i know between you, steph and wanda I will get great advice until I get KU and can officially join the other boards.
    kristinmarie722 replied to BabyLovesPrada's response:
    Fertile Mrytle! That is what my sis called me. She is too though- her and my BIL did the pull out method for almost 10 years and never got pregnant. Once they decieded to try for a baby, they got pregnant right away!

    And I can almost be on this board- LOL- if things continue to be good between DB & I, we will be doing marriage and a baby. Not for at least another year though!
    stephs_3_kidz replied to kristinmarie722's response:
    Oooh, I'm glad y'all are going to try for babies. I sure don't want anymore. LOL

    Our first took 13 months, #2 took 2 months, #3 was a "No, don't wear the condom just this once" and #4 was conceived before my first cycle off BCPs (also a "No, don't wear the condom just this once" baby).

    So there ya go.
    BabyLovesPrada replied to stephs_3_kidz's response:

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