Whether you are undergoing treatment privately, or through the NHS, IVF treatment is not a decision you will have taken lightly. And you will want to do everything within your power to improve your chances of success on IVF.
Just as with natural conception, there is no failsafe way to ensure your success on IVF. But there are certainly some things you can do to help things along.
Think about your diet
When trying to conceive, the best advice we can give in terms of diet is to pretend you are already pregnant. That means it is best to avoid alcohol and caffeine. Try to eat things that will make your body a strong, safe place for a baby to grow.
Lots of leafy greens, complex carbohydrates (whole grains are best) and proteins are all highly recommended. And it might be worth considering supplements too: you should already be taking folic acid, but consider adding a multivitamin.
Not the easiest thing to do in any circumstances, and when you are undergoing IVF it is nigh on impossible. But if you can try to reduce the stress in other areas of your life, it will help. So if you are working, consider letting them know that you are undergoing IVF so that they can support you. They might be able to help adjust your workload.
And if it’s not possible to avoid stress, take a look at activities that will help you to manage it better. Yoga and meditation can be very useful tools in managing your stress levels. However, if that’s not your thing any other form of gentle exercise, like walking, can help too.
Take it easy
If the in-vitro fertilisation has been successful and the embryo has been implanted, this is the time to rest up. This will give you the best chance of success. If you possibly can, avoid any strenuous activity for the first few days after implantation.
Although not strictly necessary, some women even like to take to their beds for a while. But if you do have a history of miscarriage, or have experienced a failed IVF cycle before, it certainly can’t hurt to be extra cautious.
Make sure you have someone to talk to
The IVF journey can be an emotional rollercoaster. And even more so when you are being pumped full of hormones to help the process along. It is a good idea to have a partner or relative to help you through. But it’s a good idea to have someone else on speed dial who isn’t quite as close to the whole thing.
Here at Surescan we are highly experienced at helping people through the IVF process. If requested, we can carry out early pregnancy scans, as well as non-invasive prenatal testing. We also have a recurrent miscarriage service and can help advise you with possible treatment options for a successful future pregnancy.
Get in touch with us to book an appointment.