In Vitro Fertilization (IVF): How You Can Prepare Using These 3 Tips
on Aug 05, 2012
Monica Scott, BS, RN
If all your other efforts at trying to conceive have failed to get you pregnant, you may be considering IVF. Find out how to prepare your body & mind to give you the best chances at finding success.
If you are trying to have a baby, and all other fertility treatments have failed, you are probably considering in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Actually, IVF is one of the most effective treatments, and it might be your chance to finally experience the joy of holding your baby in your arms. So yes, you did the right choice. What you need to do next is to prepare your body and your mind for IVF. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Because in-vitro fertilization treatment is quite long, lasting between 20 to 25 days and having multiple stages, going through it might be a little stressful for both the future mother and the future dad. With the proper preparation, IVF will go smoothly, according to plans. So, get ready by taking care of your body and mind.
A healthy pregnancy cannot occur in an unhealthy body, so doing your best to stay healthy and fit is an important aspect when preparing for IVF. Start with nutrition. A proper nutrition will stimulate the normal functioning of your organism and provide energy to you and your baby. Eat a balanced diet, and, needless to say, stay away from unhealthy foods and drinks, like alcohol, fat foods, foods high in sugar, or caffeine. Cross out smoking or any other type of drugs, because now you have to think for two… three, including the father. Include foods high in protein in your diet, because proteins stimulate egg formation. A multivitamin may also help. If you want to dry different herbal remedies, make sure to talk to your fertility doctor and find out if they are good for you.
Preparing your body is more than just feeding it properly. You must adjust your lifestyle to the changes brought by in-vitro fertilization. Maintain a fit body by practicing mild exercises regularly. Bear in mind the fact that a normal weight means greater fertility, so try to lose some pounds if you are overweight, or gain some if you are too thin, before getting IVF. However, any change in diet must be done gradually and smoothly. You do not want to destroy your body with insane diets just before you receive IVF.
If your body is ready, make sure your mind is also ready for IVF. Focus on your goals, imagine you holding your baby, and maintain a positive attitude all the time. Spend time with your husband and talk everything through. Offer yourself some moments of relaxation, and never give up hope. Sooner than you thought, you will become a mother.
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Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.