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My husband and I are talking about getting pregnant for the first time! We're aiming for a due date of Aug/Sept '09 (I know summer isn't going to be great being prenant but it works best for us, school, jobs, etc). I've been starting to do some reading about being pregnant, healthy eating, etc but I really haven't come across much that talks about the months leading up to the pregnancy. So, I'm wondering how much time it normally takes to prepare. I'm on the pill so I'll have to stop taking that. I've already started to get more physically active and eating healthier. But what about things like doctors appointments and other things that should be done prior to getting pregnant. Any suggestions or thoughts on how we can prepare prior to getting pregnant would be great. Thanks a lot!!

Asked By: PAWS - 7/18/2008
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I would suggest that you stop taking the pill asap... More
Answered By: Kymimom - 7/18/2008
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ask your doc
Answered By: Jeannie T - 7/18/2008
 
sounds like you guys will be trying to get pregnant in about 5 months. so now is a good time to begin taking your prenatals. i started taking mine 2 months ago.
Answered By: Sicilia - 7/18/2008
 
Find an OB. Sometimes they let you interview them before you actually get pregnant... More
Answered By: Momo3 - 7/18/2008
 
Schedule an annual exam with your OB if you're due for one soon. Start taking a good prenatal vitamin a few months before you start trying. Many OB's tell you to go off the pill three months before you intend to start trying, but I didn't and got pregnant the first month!
Answered By: MommyToBe - 7/18/2008
 
well for the due date you want you probably need to start trying late nov early dec. i am due aug 22 and i got pregnant in late nov. you should consult a dr as to when to stop taking the pill. it would not hurt to start taking prenatal vitamins either. good luck
Answered By: Mommy08 - 7/18/2008
 
Go ahead and start taking your prenatal vitamins. I'm like you (in school) and we had to plan our pregnancy carefully so that it would fall inbetween school semesters for me. We did see our family doctor beforehand and he gave us some good tips to conceive easily so I do recommend that. Following his advice, using an... More
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Answered By: painfully_honest - 7/18/2008
 
Stop taking the pill ASAP. Sometimes it takes years to get pregnant after stopping the pill, but a lot of people have conceived after 3 months of being off the pill. All you can really do before getting pregnant is eat healthy, start an exercise routine you can stick to that isn't TOO strenuous. And try to keep... More
Answered By: Meg2744 - 7/18/2008
 
get your yearly done first and ask your dr then. if you get your papsmear done before you get preg its easier on you. i put mine off for a month and that month i became preg then i went to the dr when i was 10 weeks and he did a pap smear and i spotted for the rest of that day and had a gush or blood that night and was... More
Answered By: ♥ღ♥My Hubby knocked me up:)♥ღ♥ - 7/18/2008
 
I would start taking your prenatal vitamins now and maybe (if you're confortable with it) go off the pill now and just use condoms so you can give your body some time to get back on it's normal cycle until you are ready to start trying. Other then that talk to your Doc to let him know you are trying and he will have... More
Answered By: Wanting To Conceive #1 - 7/18/2008
 
First off...know that you won't always be able to pick what month you have a baby in unless you only have unprotected sex 2 or 3 times a year. Be prepared to be unprepared. Know that you can't know everything and when you get pregnant or have your baby the books can be tossed because they won't help or make a... More
Answered By: breanna_c_vasquez - 7/18/2008
 
Just get a physical done to make sure that you do not have high blood pressure or anything that will be even more complicated once you pregnant. But it sounds like you are right on track. Get an ovulation estimator (CVS), stop drinking alcohol or limit it, just in case you do get pregnant and don't know it. And I would... More
Answered By: Christine p - 7/18/2008
 
You don't need to make any doctor's appointments in advance. Once you find out your pregnant, call the doctor and let him/her know, they probably won't want to see you until you are at least 7 or 8 weeks pregnant... More
Answered By: Rat Nana - 7/18/2008
 
you will need to come off the pill now really then! it took me and my bf 6 months to get pregnant after i came off the pill, it doesnt just happen, it can take up to a year to concieve... More
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Answered By: meow22 - 7/18/2008
 
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