Whether you’re planning to have your very first baby or thinking about expanding your family, preparing to get pregnant is an exciting and emotional decision. So many questions float through your mind. How long will it take to get pregnant? Should I track my cycle? If so, what is the easiest way to do it? Will I be a good mom? How do I care for that new bundle of joy? On and on it goes! While I don’t have the answer to every single question that may pop up, I can help with a few of your more urgent questions about preparing to get pregnant. Our partners at Church & Dwight put together a handy list of questions and answers to get you started and on the right track. Let’s check them out!
Planning and prepping for a family? Questions and answers to get you started
- How can I keep track of my cycle? This one is actually pretty simple! Pick up a First Response® Digital Ovulation Test, which predicts your most fertile days based on your personal LH surge. Remember that the best time to start tracking your cycle is before you start trying to conceive. That way, you’ll already have a good idea of your most fertile days. These two days days begin with the LH surge and you are most likely to get pregnant if you have intercourse within 24-36 hours after you detect your personal LH surge. Don’t panic if you’ve never heard of your LH surge before! I didn’t know what it was either until I started trying to conceive. If you’re curious, visit firstresponse.com for more info.
- I think I may be pregnant. Now what? It took me a long time to get pregnant with my son and I was incredibly anxious to find out if it worked. Did you know that the First Response™ Early Result Pregnancy Test can tell you if you’re pregnant up to six days before your missed period? That’s pretty awesome since you don’t have to wait so long to find out! I’m not the most patient person, especially when it comes to something as big as trying to get pregnant!
- Who will take care of me during my pregnancy? You’ll need prenatal care to keep both you and your baby healthy during your pregnancy, whether it’s by a doctor or midwife (or someone else). There are many different options. Do your research and pick the person who you feel most comfortable with. Remember, it’s your decision, so don’t let friends or family sway you in a direction that you don’t want to go.
- What should I pack in my hospital bag? There are lots of great suggestions for the must-have hospital bag items. You can check out our list, or search on Pinterest for other lists that fit your needs. Pick a list that feels right to you and start shopping/collecting the items. You’ll want to have the bag packed and ready to go well before your bundle of joy is set to arrive. Make sure you include a few comfort items!
- How else can I prepare? The most important tip is to enjoy the experience and make sure to take time for yourself! Unwind after a busy day with a good book and a cup of tea. Plan a weekend getaway and sneak away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Curl up on the couch and watch your favourite movie. These are just a few suggestions.
Before you know it, you’ll be holding your little one in your arms. Nine months goes by so quickly and being prepared is essential, especially as you tackle sleepless nights and dozens of diaper changes! I suggest stocking up on the essentials – diapers, baby clothes, blankets and bottles are a must. Don’t forget to also stock the medicine cabinet with diaper cream and something to help with colic, such as OVOL™ Drops, which is a simple, alcohol-free solution that can be added to a bottle or used on its own. It helps relieve discomfort caused by trapped gas, making it easier for babies to pass gas and burp at feeding time. Don’t forget to ask your doctor first to find out if this product is right for your new baby!
- Trojan™ Groove™ Condoms: to keep you satisfied and help you experience maximum pleasure.
- Nair™ WAX READY-STRIPS for Bikini & Underarm with Nourishing Coconut Milk Oil: no warming or rubbing required, just peel and place! The new medium size strip is perfect for the bikini area.
- OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover: to prep for the big night and ensure your bedding is clean and crisp.
- Batiste™ Dry Shampoo Original: Hot date but not enough time to wash your hair? Batiste Dry Shampoo helps to eliminate excess oil, instantly refreshing your hair!
- RUB™ A535 Anti-Inflammatory: providing targeted pain relief, this product will reduce muscle aches and ensure you are feeling your best for a special Valentine’s Day celebration.
- Vitafusion Men’s and Women’s Multivitamins: are specially formulated for him and her to help maintain good health. These gummy vitamins are a fusion of essential vitamins, minerals and naturally sourced fruit flavours.
Approx. value: $70
We have a great giveaway for all of you, whether you’re trying to conceive or not, from our partners at Church & Dwight filled with items to help you look and feel your best for those romantic date nights. Enter below for your chance to win. Giveaway ends on March 10th and is open to Canadian residents only. Good luck!
27 thoughts on “5 Questions (and Answers!) to Your Biggest TTC & Pregnancy Worries”
I hate the two week wait. We just started trying again after 4yrs and suffering a miscarriage. It took me 4yrs to feel ready but my husband has been ready for a few years now. We just entered the two week wait today today. So good luck to anyone who is trying and I hope to see a lot of new babies born this year.
will you ever be ready? emotionally and mentally
This is a lot of great information. Thanks for sharing.
My question is : how long is not ‘normal’ to not conceive in! When should you be looking into other options?
My tip is seek out a support group when trying to concieve. There are so many groups online where you can feel like others truly understand what you’re going through.
I have 2 kids already. I will say each pregnancy is different and just enjoy it as much as you can.
Im thinking about having kids in the next couple of years so I’m thinking of all the questions I might have- the big one for me is can I afford one?
I would recommend eating healthy to help maintain a healthy weight.
I’m a mum to one and I would love to have another baby soon! I was so desperate for my little boy to get here last time I just wished my pregnancy away, but next time I want to enjoy that time and all the planning more!
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I like the planning aspect to your tips. I’d suggest planning, and doing, as much as you can before baby arrives. Make sure you pack something comfortable to wear home or bring an extra outfit. The jeans you wore before baby might not fit now or feel as comfortable as they used to. Purchase and pack feminine pads (the heavy duty/super/overnight type). The hospital pads are extremely awkward and uncomfortable to wear.
I’d also suggest recruiting family and/or friends to help make some freezer meals and/or crock pot meals in advance.
Make sure to pack what you are going to wear home and have it ready to take with you.My husband brought me a pair of dress pants and thankfully a acket but he forgot any kind of a top or bra.I was so thankful for the jacket!! LOL
Great resource for mamas-to-be! Hospital bag packing list is a must to make sure nothing essential is forgotten.
This is a great post. And the giveaway looks amazing.
These are great answers to great questions. TTC and being pregnant can be very stressful, worrisome and exciting!
I would recommend staying active and healthy while TTC.
A great post that will help lots wanting to get pregnant. My close friend has recently got pregnant so has getting her hospital bag ready and much more to look forward to 🙂
Comfortable shoes worn during pregnancy
Comfortable shoes was a must have for me during my pregnancy.
I found getting regular pedi’s helped my swelling feet!
I used Vitamin E cream religiously to avoid stretch marks.
A must have for me was a body pillow-it really did help with comfort for sleeping
will I have twins as I am a twin or does it run in every 2nd generation?