Teas

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Wed, 01-07-2009 - 10:20am

During the week, I drink green tea on a fairly regular basis. It's my morning ritual when I first get to work to have a nice hot cup of tea. I am almost out of my supply so I was thinking of switching to something else.


I have heard of Fertilitea - how soon before TTC can I start drinking this?


I have also heard Red Raspberry Leaf tea is supposed to be good for easier labors.


Has anyone tried either or these? Is it ok for me to start drinking these 5 months before TTC?


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In reply to: teachertobe09
Wed, 01-07-2009 - 11:53am

Hi Christine,


I've never heard of Fertilitea so I can't comment on that!


Generally, with any sort of herbal tea check before you drink it - herbs can be quite powerful and even though they're natural, they can cause problems in pregnancy.


For example raspberry leaf tea - while it's correct that it can help to bring on labour, e.g. when you go overdue, and that it can make labour easier; if taken in the first months of pregnancy it increases the risk of miscarriages.


Green tea is actually quite a good solution, as it hasn't got much caffeine in it (and you're only allowed 200mg/day when you're pregnant...). But even when TTC it is advised to cut back on caffeine as it can also affect your fertility.


So I'd definitely say hands off the raspberry leaf tea, but the fertilitea sounds like something developed for TTC? So it might be a good idea. Plus, stick to your green tea rather than normal tea or coffe to keep your caffeine low... HTH!


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In reply to: teachertobe09
Wed, 01-07-2009 - 9:13pm

Hi Anna,


I can't believe you're just a little over one month away!! How time flies!! :-D


Thanks for the tea input. Good to know about the raspberry tea in the 1T -

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In reply to: teachertobe09
Thu, 01-08-2009 - 11:22am

Yeah, I can't believe it either :-) I might soon need to start drinking raspberry leaf tea, heh heh!


But yeah it's really not good in the 1T. I had cut out on caffeine about 4 months before TTC, I don't know if that made any difference in regards to TTC, but I at least didn't feel I had to make major lifestyle changes when I got PG (I'd also cut out alcohol when we started to TTC).


So I guess you should be ok too! When will you start TTC (your siggy just says summer)?

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In reply to: teachertobe09
Thu, 01-08-2009 - 5:20pm

I don't think there'd be any harm in drinking those teas now.

There's a bunch of conflicting reports on green tea; some says it boosts fertility, and some says it does (I forget what) bad things. Fwiw, I'd read one of the things about it boosting your fertility at the start of my second month TTC and decided to try drinking green tea every morning that month, and I got my BFP that month. Probably a complete coincidence, but I thought I'd share :)

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In reply to: teachertobe09
Fri, 01-09-2009 - 10:40am

Well, there's a couple of factors determining our TTC...


-DH is on a project that ends in May and is unsure if he'll have more work after that so he's starting to explore his options, which include starting his own company with some of his current colleagues.
-DH will be out of the country from the end of June until beginning of August doing his military service. Most likely I will be joining him in August so we'll either have to start TTC before he leaves in June, or when we reconnect in August.
-I don't finish grad school until December so I really don't want to get pregnant until May at the earliest so that I won't be at the end of my 3T while trying to student teach and finish up school.


Also, since I've been off BCP (almost 2 weeks now) we've been

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In reply to: teachertobe09
Fri, 01-09-2009 - 11:25am

Hey Christine,


Vaginal Contraceptive Foam and Vaginal Contraceptive Film are a couple of options. I'm not sure if they rate as high in reliability as condoms, but maybe it would be something to research, and then you could decide if the reliabity is high enough for your needs? Currently, DH and I are using codoms plus VCF because we really cannot get pregnat before our trip to Africa next month, but I think we will go to condoms only for the short time between when we return and when we start to TTC.

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In reply to: teachertobe09
Fri, 01-09-2009 - 12:08pm

Hmmm, tricky...


as to TTC timing, if you don't want to be too pregnant in December you'll have to leave it a bit later than May. I got my BFP in June, but Teddy was conceived on 25 May, and I can tell you by December I had quite a bump! So I think you could start TTC in June until your DH leaves, and then continue in August assuming you didn't get a BFP first time trying.


The birth control situation doesn't sound ideal - to be able to use FAM as BC you need a few charted cycles I think, to recognize a pattern. I wouldn't ever use withdrawal as BC method; but you could try and combine FAM (with temping, CM and CP checking) with either abstinence during the fertile days (after all, not that many) or these vaginal foams that PP writes about. I know condoms are a pain, but maybe your DH could get used to them as they're the easiest option? Again you could combine it with FAM after a few cycles so it would only have to be on certain days, not the whole time.


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Fri, 01-09-2009 - 5:29pm

Thanks all for your input.


I guess I'll have to talk to DH some more to see what he wants to do. I've come this far in my grad program and would hate not to be able to graduate with the rest of my co-horts so we've got to be extra careful with BC at least for the next 3 months.


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In reply to: teachertobe09
Fri, 01-09-2009 - 6:28pm

Christine-


I looked up the website for that Fertilitea- and it appears to have been made to support the female reproductive system to help boost chances of conception-