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TTC or An Acronym I Didn’t Know 4 Months Ago

TTC. Trying to Conceive. Yup, we are there. It only took 33 years, but I have finally warmed up to the idea.

I’ve always liked kids. I babysat almost every weekend, have 13 nieces and nephews, taught Sunday School and was a day camp counselor. But I never really thought about having any of my own until I got married. Now I am nesting like crazy and reading every book I can find on the magic of conception. I think my biological clock is ticking away like mad. Luckily, my husband is on board the TTC train. We’ve only been trying for a couple months, but I thought I would share some great advice in case you find yourself on the edge of reason starting to think about kids. 

1) Before TTC, read up on how your body works and when you are fertile.

This book is short and gives your the basics even if you aren't trying for a boy or girl

This seems like a no-brainer, but even though I have a pretty good understanding of how my body works (wow, I sound like a 12 year old), I was still a little fuzzy on how long cyles are, when ovulation happens, etc. My sister recommended “How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby” by Dr. Shettles.

Even though we ditched the idea of trying for a boy or girl, it is still a great book for understanding how things work down there. If you are interested, you can read more about the book here.

Another highly recommended book is “Taking Charge of Your Fertility”  by Toni Weschler. This is a classic and gets passed around from friend to friend. Plus, it is a little less contriversial than Shettles’ book since is does not promote sex selection.

2) Start tracking your cycles.

Since I do everything with my iPhone except take showers with it, I opted for tracking my cycles using the Pink Pad app. This is a great little app that lets you track your periods, fertility, moods, weight, basal body temperature, etc. Also, it has an online forum which is pretty good. I started using the app when it

The Pink Pad App

 was new and there weren’t too many people in the forums but now there is a robust community who will answer your questions and offer support. Reading the posts is a great way to supplement your book knowledge because so many of the women have been there, done that and can give you some great advice.  Just be sure to not get too caught up in the insanity. I had to stop reading the TTC posts for a while because it became a little addictive. The app costs $1.99 but you can download a free version first to see if you like it.

3) When you are ready to start, order your paraphernalia online.

I think I spent about $60 in our first month of TTC buying ovulation predictor kits, pregnancy tests and other stuff. But then I discovered the Early Pregnancy Tests website and now save a ton of money on those products each month. For example, when you buy pregnancy tests at the drugstore, you may get a box of 3 for about $15. But, when you buy the strips in bulk online, you can get 20 for $16! Otherwise, TTC can be a very expensive monthly habit.

Well, that covers the basics, I think. Good luck to anyone out there who is trying and feel free to share any tips!

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