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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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