Whether you are preparing for fertility treatment or have been through a cycle or two, it is better to prepare yourself mentally and physically. Every fertility treatment has an emotional aspect, especially with people who are unfamiliar with infertility.
However, you can always follow certain tips to improve your mental and physical health and also surround yourself with people who care about you and support you. Also stay connected with people who are willing to come together to listen, connect, share advice and experiences, and remind you that you are not alone in this process. Some easy things to follow:
1. Focus on a Healthy Diet
Diet is an important part of a healthy pregnancy and it also boosts your IVF success. It is an ad on to your mental preparation where you will prepare both your body and mind for fertility treatment.
Treat food as fuel and pick healthier alternatives. Reach for an apple or a few almonds when that midday hunger strikes and trade a side of fries for seasonal veggies or a salad.
Take advice from your nutritionist and be on track with your diet. Ensure that you're eating plan is balanced and provides you adequate calories and nutrients. Eat plenty of foods rich in monounsaturated fats such as avocados, nuts and seeds, sunflower oil and olive oil. Along with improving fertility they are also much needed for the development of the foetus. In contrast, other research has shown that women on a diet rich in saturated fats found in butter and red meat produced fewer eggs that were healthy enough for the use of fertility treatment.
2. Relieve Stress With Some Activities
You don't need to plan an expensive vacation or go for the spa, just be creative about what helps you to relieve stress. Perhaps it's asking your partner to provide you with a massage, binge watch a series, play with pets, or enjoy the evening with close friends.
Laughing can help you reduce your stress hormones and it can make you feel pretty good from the inside out. Close your eyes and take at least five full breaths. Notice the changes in your chest and lungs as you inhale and exhale, try to relax your face and jaw too. Practice this anytime, anywhere and feel the change.
3. Keep on Taking Suggestions And Advice
During IVF treatment there is a lot of physical and emotional curiosity inside us. Always seek expert guidance. Generally, your IVF doctor will render you proper counselling during the treatment. Never stop taking advice about your fertility from some knowledgeable person. You may get a multitude of resources online as well that provide you with information about your treatment, support you during your journey, and much more. It is really important to stay informed and resolve all your queries inside your mind.
4. Try Some Relaxation Therapies
There are a lot of relaxation techniques or therapies which you may go for to boost your blood circulation and also relieve any anxiety or stress. Acupuncture, massage therapy, and nutrition counselling will support you during your fertility treatment.
Many people have found these therapies to cut back stress and keep them healthy: mentally, physically, and spiritually. It is found that acupuncture improves blood flow to the uterus and ovaries which stimulates the release of neurotransmitters. It is observed that if a woman has an acupuncture treatment on the day of embryo transfer, chances of her getting pregnant seem to be increased.
5. Do Not Exert Yourself With Tasks
Anxiety and unwanted stress are always caused by excess clutter. Tackle one issue at a time. Whether it's the desk in your office, or the boxes in the attic, staying organized can give you more focus and can be a great stress reliever and weight loss activity too. Do activities that you can enjoy and make you feel fresh like listening to your favourite music, going to yoga, meeting a friend, or having a date night.
6. Be Thankful And Feel Obliged
One of the greatest things you can do for yourself is to write about your day and your journey. Every day in our lives brings new hopes which you may think of and jot down a note of gratitude. It’s pretty simple and can be done in just five minutes each day. Describe some of the things you are most grateful for. It can be something as little as when someone holds the door for you or gives you a seat on the metro. Whatever it is—small or large—if it causes you to feel good, write on it!
7. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Losing any excess weight will set you up for greater success while beginning the treatment. This doesn't mean that you have to hit the gym every morning at 5 a.m., but it's always good for your mind, body, and spirit to incorporate some form of cardiovascular exercise into your daily routine.
If your schedule makes it difficult to get to the gym, try taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator, and walk instead of drive to pick up lunch during the day. Offer some mental, positive affirmations to yourself like, "You are healthy," and, "You are strong." It's possible to vary your negative feelings.
Smoking affects the quality of the egg and the sperm. It drastically brings down the chances of conception through IVF. With support from family and friends, it's possible to quit smoking for good.
8. Start Being Optimistic and Focused
Nothing makes us feel better about ourselves than knowing we helped someone else in need. Let someone with only a few items go in front of you in the grocery line, offer to help an elderly neighbour or volunteer at a local community shelter. What you give out, you will receive back. Realize that not every day is going to be a good day, and that's ok.
Try and focus on the things you can control and let go of the things you can't. When you get to the finish line and look back on your journey, you will hopefully agree that it was all worth the ride.
Any Fertility Treatment can take a toll on your emotional well-being so be prepared for the roller-coaster ride. Talk to a counsellor about your hopes, and fears. Ensure that your spouse, close friends and family support you throughout the entire process.