Going through IVF can be a challenging and nerve-racking life experience. It affects virtually every aspect of your life from your health to your work and relationships. By making some simple modifications in your routine, you can exert a positive influence on your fertility. We’re highlighting these today, so you’ll be prepared both emotionally and physically for your journey.
(1) Try the Mediterranean diet
According to new research, following a Mediterranean diet prior to undergoing assisted reproductive treatment significantly increases your chances of becoming pregnant and giving birth. This diet consists of plenty of fresh, unprocessed vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, legumes, fish, olives, and less red meat. Also, cut out sweets and sugary drinks, as well as refined grains like white bread and certain pastas.
(2) Stay hydrated
Drinking enough water is essential whether you are conceiving or not, but it’s even more important when it comes to fertility. For both women and men, staying hydrated ensures that the ovaries and testes are functioning properly, and prevents hormonal imbalances from occurring, which cause many fertility problems. During pregnancy, drinking plenty of water can prevent urinary tract infections and ease constipation.
(3) Take vitamins
Take a daily vitamin with folic acid. Studies have shown that women who take daily multivitamins containing 400 micrograms of folic acid are less likely to experience ovulatory infertility, (problems producing eggs) than women who don’t.
Regular, low-impact, moderate exercise on a consistent basis can help strengthen muscles, reduce stress, increase circulation, and eliminate toxins from the body. It’s essential to stick to strictly low-impact exercises like brisk walking, light jogging, dancing, bike riding, or aerobics. Just a few times a week for roughly half an hour a day is enough to reap the benefits.
(5) Get some rest
Studies show a link between healthy sleep habits and fertility, in that too little or too much sleep can have a negative impact on your endocrine system, which is responsible for hormone production. While this link is still being studied, experts recommended that women undergoing IVF treatments get seven to eight hours of sleep a night.
(6) Curb caffeine
When you’re having fertility treatment, it’s best to reduce the amount of caffeine you consume each day. Doctors recommend no more than one to two cups of 6-8-ounce cups of coffee a day. Be aware of other sources of caffeine such as tea, soft drinks, energy drinks, chocolate, and over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines. Read all labels very carefully!
(7) Don’t smoke
If you’re a smoker, ask your health care provider to help you quit. Smoking ages your ovaries and depletes eggs prematurely.
(8) Reduce stress
High stress can decrease IVF success rates. Tactics like cutting down on your workload, keeping a daily journal, and practicing meditation can help you manage your time and stress during your treatment.
(9) Maintain a healthy weight even before attempting IVF.
Before you start IVF, get your weight into the normal BMI range. Obesity increases the risk of pregnancy complications in natural and assisted conception and decreases the chances of getting pregnant overall. Similarly, being underweight can also cause hormonal imbalances that reduce fertility.
(10) Choose the right professionals
Choosing the right fertility clinic for you is one of the most important decisions. At Sher Fertility Institute, you’ll have 24/7 access to our dedicated clinical care team. We also provide affordable IVF package plans, and for out-of-towners, we arrange special, discounted accommodations at the leading hotels within walking distance of our center.
(11) Understand your options
Understanding the treatment options available to you and your partner will help you make the best decision for you and your family. Be open with your doctor especially in regards to your reproductive history, ask questions, and write down everything.
(12) Relax and be patient
It can be emotionally and physically draining to deal with all the screenings, testing, procedures, and waiting involved in IVF. So, it’s important to stay relaxed and engage in activities that distract you from the process. Be patient, and if you’re feeling anxious or depressed, consider talking to a counselor.
The common denominator here is that the healthier you are, mind and body, the more optimal your fertility will be. Follow these recommendations and we’re sure that you’ll have the courage and the right mindset to achieve your best results in your IVF treatment. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Sher Fertility Institute today at (646)-792-7476 or request an appointment through our contact form.