In the same way that a seed needs the right conditions and nutrients in order to grow, so does an embryo in order to develop into a healthy baby. This is why, when preparing for IVF, it is so important to nourish your body and take proper care of yourself. By making some simple changes to your lifestyle, taking the right vitamins and reducing your stress levels, you can help to increase your chances of falling pregnant.
Read on for our top tips on preparing your body for your embryo transfer…
Before undergoing fertility treatment, it is important to pay close attention to your diet and lifestyle to help increase your chances of conception, as well as a healthy baby. Smoking, drinking alcohol and consuming too much caffeine can all reduce your chances of a successful IVF cycle. If you are planning IVF treatment you will be advised to stop smoking and drinking alcohol and to limit your caffeine intake.
One of the most important tips for anyone trying to conceive through IVF is to try and relax!
An IVF cycle can be very emotionally draining, as well as physically demanding, so it is important to try and alleviate as much stress as possible before treatment. Try to get plenty of rest, go on holiday and practice relaxation and breathing exercises.
Doctors recommend that women who are trying to conceive using IVF should take folic acid and vitamin D. Studies have shown that a vitamin D insufficiency can negatively affect clinical pregnancy rate in women undergoing IVF. A balanced diet should provide sufficient vitamin D, but some people may need to take supplements to reach optimum levels. Speak to your doctor before taking any supplements, either before or during pregnancy.