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How to Increase the Success of IVF Treatments and Have a Baby

How to Increase the Success of IVF Treatments and Have a Baby

Have you been trying and trying, without success, to have a baby? Have you considered IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatments to increase your chances of having one or more babies? Often, we hear about how IVF treatments fail, leaving hopeful parents depressed, and with a lot less money because of the amount they have paid for those failed treatments. There is a lot more to IVF treatments than just having them performed by a doctor. You need to play your part as well in order to increase your chances of becoming pregnant. Here are some things you can do to help the IVF treatments be successful.

1. Take Lots of Vitamin D

Most doctors recommend increasing your daily intake of folic acid if you are trying to become pregnant. You should also increase your daily intake of vitamin D, which is important for healthy bones. Studies show that women who had IVF treatments, and also were vitamin D-deficient, had lower chances of becoming pregnancies than women who have normal levels of the vitamin in their systems.[1]

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2. NO EXERCISE During Egg Retrieval Week

While you do need exercise to stay healthy, it is recommended that you do not exercise at all during the week of egg retrieval. “Not only is it not good to exercise during this time if you want to increase your chances of becoming pregnant, you will likely not feel much like exercising because of the tiring effects of the fertility medications you will be taking,” says one of New Jersey In Vitro Fertilization specialists.

3. Take a DHEA Supplement

One third of IVF centers in the world use DHEA supplements.[2] These are hormonal supplements which are known to increases the chances of pregnancy in women who do not have many eggs. DHEA can help the ovaries to respond better to IVF treatments, especially with women who don’t have many eggs and aren’t always the best candidates for IVF treatments.

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4. Try Acupuncture

It is pretty amazing to think about all of the things that acupuncture can help with, including increasing the chances of pregnancy. Many studies show that women who are undergoing IVF treatments can greatly benefit from acupuncture, and that it can increase fertility if performed with 24 hours of an embryo transfer.

5. Eat the Right Foods

When undergoing IVF treatments, it is important to be careful about what you are eating. It is important to eat foods that are high in nutrients, as well as eat superfoods and take nutritional supplements. Talk to your doctor about a natural fertility diet that will provide you with all of the nutrients you need, including nutrients needed during early pregnancy.

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6. Try Meditation

Often, patients are not able to relax enough for IVF treatments to work properly. It is important to be able to keep a calm mind and a balanced body. Meditation can help. It will clear your mind of the unimportant things, and help you focus on the main goal, which is having a healthy baby. Meditation can be used on its own, or in combination with other therapies that will help increase your chances of conceiving.

7. Don’t Exercise too Much

A lot of people think that being physically fit will increase their chances of success with IVF treatments. This isn’t always the case. Exercise is actually stressful on the body, and too much of it can decrease the odds of your becoming pregnant. This doesn’t mean that you can’t work out and stay in shape. It is recommended by Dr. Grifo that you do 30 to 40 minutes of cardio, three times a week, and supplement this with light weight training or yoga on the off days.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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