best way to prepare to get pregnant?

Liana - posted on 01/24/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )




Hi all

I currently have a 12 month old little girl and am wanting to start trying for a baby in may. I am currently on the pill. How close to trying should i go off the pill? and how long before trying should i start taking folic acid and whatever else i need to take?

Is there anything you can suggest to get pregnant easy?

I forgot to say, we will use condoms after I stop the pill up until may.

Thank you all for your advice


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Dora - posted on 01/24/2011




Before attempting to get pregnant I stopped the pill 6 months prior, stopped all caffeine and started pre-natal vitamins right away. I think my husband sneezed that night and I got pregnant LOL!

Bonnie - posted on 01/24/2011




I started taking prenatal vitamins a couple of months before trying. I wasn't on the pill, but you could go off them a month before wanting to try. There is that chance you could become pregnant right away.

Alison - posted on 01/24/2011




Start the folic acid now (it's best to have a reserve when you fall pregnant). Stop the pill, when you are ready to become pregnant.

For information on how conception works, go to (very educational)
For cheap ovulation sticks, go to:

And here's my personal input... Don't be in a big rush to have your second child. Be patient and enjoy your first while you have the energy to give her your full attention. There is no perfect age gap, but generally, the closer they are together, the tougher it is. Whatever will be, will be.

Cori - posted on 01/24/2011




i quit taking the pill and started taking prenatal vitamins and was pregnant with in the month on our first try... for our second i had never got back on the pill we where doing the "pull out" method (lol) and after our son turned 18 months we stopped trying to not have a baby (we just didnt want to admit we were "trying" again) i didnt start taking prenatal vitamins until after i found out i was expecting.. my best guess is if you want to start trying in may, stop taking BC in march-april and give your body some time to adjust to ovulation again but start taking prenatal vitamins when you quit taking the pill so that you can prep your body for pregnancy!!

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