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advice when starting to ttc again after a break?


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Pregnancy Checklist. Week #26
1. I’ve thought about whether I want a birth partner like a doula at my labor. I figure my partner might need some help with giving me massages and bringing me ice chips.
2. Growing a baby is inspiring me to grow other things, so I’ve been gardening. Gardening is a great pregnancy-safe exercise, but I’m making sure to always wear gloves to avoid potential parasites.
3. I can check another “nesting” task off my list: I’ve figured out where all the big baby gear (like the stroller) will go in my house. I’m starting to wish for a bigger house already!
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4. Pregnancy is giving me dry eyes, so I’ve stocked up on saline drops.
5. I’ve been researching ways to interact with baby after he arrives, especially games and activities that will help him develop mentally and socially.
6. My partner and I have talked about how we’ll keep the house clean in the first few months after baby arrives. (I’m voting for a house cleaning service!)
7. I’m not counting calories, but I am staying aware of how much I should be eating — which could be less than I think. I only need 300-500 extra calories a day. My weight gain is right on track: 1/2 to 1 pound per week.
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Alexandra Smith answered to:
Pregnancy Checklist. Week #28
1. My calendar is full of prenatal visits — I’ve got one scheduled every two weeks for the next 8 weeks.
2. I had my baby shower, and it was great! I got almost everything I need. Now I just need to beg my favorite relatives to buy the last few things.
3. Sitting in the car is starting to get uncomfortable, but I’m staying safe when I drive. I wear my seat belt between my breasts and under my belly bump to help keep the pressure off my stomach.
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4. Now is a great time to indulge myself and take care of my body, so that’s exactly what I did! I spent a day at the spa getting pregnancy-safe services — and I loved every second of it.
5. If I’m Rh negative, I’ve had my first dose of Rhlg, or RhoGAM. This will ensure that if my baby is Rh positive, my body doesn’t make antibodies to my baby’s blood. 
6. I know newborns don’t sleep much, and even families who plan to keep baby in the nursery sometimes end up cosleeping out of sheer exhaustion. My partner and I have talked about our thoughts on cosleeping, and we’ve thought about how we’ll handle night wak
7. Time to start counting kicks! I’ve started taking a few minutes every day to pay attention to my baby’s movements so I know what his normal patterns are. If I notice any changes, I’ll talk to my doctor.
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Pregnancy Checklist. Week #2
1. My basal temperature went up! This is a sign I’m ovulating, so it’s time to get busy!
2. I’m thinking about pregnancy nutrition, and I’ve made a shopping list of healthy foods to eat while I’m pregnant. (And no, that doesn’t mean pickles and ice cream.)
3. I’ve called my health insurance to check my pregnancy coverage. I’ve thought about my budget for out-of-pocket prenatal care.
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4. Time to cut back on caffeine. I’m limiting my coffee to no more than one cup a day.
5. I don’t have any news to announce yet, but I’m thinking about how and when I want to announce my pregnancy. Most importantly, I’m discussing with my partner whether we want to tell people as soon as we know or wait till after the first trimester for a big reveal.
6. It will get harder to exercise as my pregnancy progresses, so I’m getting in the habit now! At the very least, I’m making time to walk outside at least 20-30 minutes a day.
7. Since I could be pregnant any time now, I’m avoiding dangerous foods like soft cheeses and sushi until I can take a pregnancy test.
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Pregnancy Checklist. Week #1
1. An ovulation predictor kit will tell me exactly when I’m ovulating more accurately than the calendar. I’ve bought my ovulation predictor kit and I know how to use it!  
2. An appointment with my doctor will give me a chance to talk about my personal health history and anything that might affect my plans to conceive. My appointment is scheduled, and I’ve got a list of questions I want to discuss. 
3. I know most couples need at least 3 months of trying to get pregnant, so I’m not holding my breath yet. I don’t need to think about seeing a specialist until I’ve been trying for 6-12 months.
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4. I’m not waiting till I get a positive pregnancy test to quit drinking and smoking. Especially during the two weeks after possible conception and before I test, I’m turning down that glass of wine, just to be safe. 
5. I’m not letting the “two-week wait” stress me out. I’m starting a fun project or scheduling time with friends to keep me busy and help me relax while I’m waiting to find out if I’m pregnant. 
6. I’m aware of any medical conditions I have that might affect my pregnancy. I’ll ask my doctor about any medications I’m taking (for conditions like asthma, diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, obesity, thyroid disease, or epilepsy) to make sure they’re safe for pregnancy. 
7. I’m having sex frequently — before, during, and after ovulation. (And I’m enjoying it!)
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