After many months, or years of trying, some couples decide to try IVF. It’s an amazing solution to having a baby, but it’s still important to prepare the body to make sure the IVF is successful.
Once you have decided to try IVF, it is important to start preparing your mind and body for it straight away, as not only can it help with IVF success, it can also ensure the experience is as stress free as possible.
To help the couples going down the route of IVF, I have put together five tips on how to prepare your body for IVF success.
Balanced, Healthy Diet
The aim here is to make sure the embryo and sperm is as healthy as possible. Therefore, both parents should adopt a healthy, balanced diet when preparing for IVF.
I recommend looking into your diet and making sure it is well balanced and you’re getting enough nutrients to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and body weight. Your diet should include at least 1.5 litres a day of filtered water, 5 fruit and vegetables a day (especially berries, and dark leafy greens) , whole grains, oats, quinoa, lentils, chickpeas and healthy fats like salmon and free-range eggs.
For more information on Fertility Diets, I encourage you to download my FREE GUIDE on finding the right fertility diet for you.
Stop smoking, drinking alcohol & reduce caffeine
A key factor to prepare your body for IVF is to stop smoking, drinking alcohol and to reduce your consumption of caffeine.
It is a proven fact that nicotine can age ovaries and also make embryos resistant to fertilisation, whilst consuming alcohol during an IVF cycle has been known to reduce the chance of it being successful by up to 50%! With these facts in mind, it’s important to refrain from both drinking and smoking before, during and after your IVF treatment. Caffeine has also been known to have negative effects on IVF, therefore I recommend reducing intake to 2 cups a day, or switching to decaf.
Supplements are an excellent way of ensuring your body has all the nutrients it needs so it’s as strong and welcoming as possible; ready to accept the fertilised embryo.
It is best to talk to your fertility coach or doctor when deciding on supplements, therefore I won’t list any here as it’s important to take the right supplements for YOU. If you’d like advice on which supplements are best, feel free to book a discovery call with me.
Commit to practicing relaxing techniques
It’s important to feel as stress free as possible before, during and after an IVF cycle. Try your best to reduce stress, get plenty of rest and commit to practicing either meditation, mindfulness, yoga or simply just breathing exercises.
IVF can be a very stressful time, and physically demanding on your body and mind. I know it’s easier said than done, but trying to keep stress levels low is so very important. When your body is relaxed, it is more welcoming and ready to embrace your fertilised embryo. I have a blog on 6 easy yoga poses to try, not only for relaxation but also to boost fertility.
Sex During IVF
A slightly awkward topic, but one that needs to be addressed.
When to have sex during the IVF cycle is important information to have. It is safe to have sex during the first stage IVF, but it is best to avoid it towards the end of the cycle. Due to enlarged ovaries, sex can be uncomfortable or even painful and it can interfere with the success of IVF. Your partner must abstain from sex for 2-5 days before their sperm sample collection to increase the chances of pregnancy. It’s these little details that can change the outcome of your treatment.
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Wishing you all the best on your fertility journey,
Marketa, CEO of Love Fertility Coaching