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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 10, 2019

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

      6. Rise Earlier

      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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      Reference

      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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