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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 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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