For various reasons, my husband and I can't start trying for a baby until spring next year (assuming we'll get green light for it anyway!), so the rest of this year is fully dedicated for doing as much research as possible and getting emotionally and physically ready for a pregnancy. I have bought a book called 'What to Expect Before You Are Expecting' which gives lots of advice on how to prepare for pregnancy, predicting ovulation etc. Since it's aimed at general public, it does say annoying things like 'if you have a chronic condition, get it under control now'. Slightly easier said than done, me thinks. One of the more interesting recommendations is, however, that women should start taking pre-natal vitamins as early as a year in advance of trying for a baby and three months before at the very least. That does presume, however, that you are planning a pregnancy as far ahead as I am for instance.
Other things I've started doing to get myself ready are:
Losing weight - I've been meaning to do this for years, but I'm hoping pregnancy is a really good motivator so that something will actually happen this time.
Starting pelvic floor exercises and pilates - I'm hoping to get a head start on pelvic floor stability, as it will hopefully get me to not walk into things so much, and pilates is a good way of exercising without killing my joints.
Doing more exercise - so far I've just managed to give myself a flare up, but I'm hoping that if I gradually increase the amoung of exercise I do, I will not only be able to lose weight more quickly, but also be in better general condition to cope with my HMS and an impending pregnancy.
Watching what I eat - I have to careful with my diet anyway because of IBS, but I'm trying to get used to healthy eating now, since I'll have to be good during pregnancy. The 'What to Expect' book has an interesting section on healthy eating, although a lot of it is pretty much common sense anyway.
Asking the experts - I annoyed my gp into agreeing to refer me to the HMS Clinic in UCH, but instead I got a referral to a general rheumatologist in UCH! Not sure what is going on there, but I'm hoping I can get an internal reference to Prof. G in due course.
Paying more attention to my savings account - We have started saving for a baby instead of cool holidays. Babies are expensive - who knew!
Figuring out how to convince my husband that I can't survive pregnancy without a puppy - nothing to do with the pregnancy itself, I just want a second dog.
If anyone can recommend anything else that I should be doing, I would be very grateful for advice!
This post makes me sound positively virtuous, I'll be curious to see how long I can keep it up before I get bored!