IVF can be challenging for both partners physically and mentally. Preparing for IVF and understanding what to expect can help you go through the process as smoothly as possible.
We understand this journey, the emotions and the expectations. You have probably been trying to have a baby for a long time. You may have suffered loss, experienced immense disappointment or have attempted IVF before.
But the need, the desire to have a baby is still intense, it is still all consuming and something you think about a lot.
This is where IVF comes in. Understandably, the start of this process is likely to be emotionally overwhelming. There is a lot riding on this step and this can lead to stress or anxiety about the process and most likely, about the result.
However, studies show that stress is linked to difficulties to conceive. So, one of the biggest steps to take now is to proactively find a way to manage your stress levels. There are options such as pre-IVF counselling which works particularly well if you have suffered loss or disappointment at IVF failing in the past.
Additionally, mindfulness practices such as meditation help to minimise stress and anxiety. As does physical exercise and practices such as yoga which is not too strenuous on the body. Acupuncture is also widely recognised as a positive stress reducer.
Support is also key. Whether you find that with friends and family, or online support networks, make sure you have somewhere to vent, share, ask, be supported.
Prior to starting an IVF, it is advised to consider your nutrition. A healthy, well-balanced diet is very important. Try to avoid processed food, coffee, foods with high sugar content , alcohol, fish that may contain mercury (more information about this is available here – link to previous blog).
Being overweight or underweight can significantly affect your IVF success chances. Reducing your weight gradually through a well-balanced diet and moderate exercise is important. Crash diets and excessive exercise can stress your body unnecessarily. Moderate exercise, such as yoga or walking can be good for you mentally and physically so it is always recommended.
There is no right or wrong way to prepare yourself for the IVF journey – there is only a right way for you. Explore the options available to you and keep your awareness open so you can get the best chances of success possible.
At Assured Fertility, we pride ourselves on our ability to support you through the whole process. We understand the need to have access to answers, support and understanding. We are with you every step of the journey. To ask us more, contact us and find out more about our process and how we can support you. Call – 0333 234 0895