If you are planning on starting IVF treatment, here are a few tips on how to prepare both physically and mentally…
- Do your research
Some of the fear and anxiety that comes with starting IVF is the uncertainty about the process and potential side effects of treatment. To help ease these fears, we recommend doing as much research as possible to help you understand the various steps that take place during IVF. You can do a lot of research online, however your best option is to book a consultation with a fertility specialist who will be able to share their expert advice and answer your questions.
- Talk to your partner
Going through IVF treatment can be an emotional time for couples. There are many contributing factors to these heightened emotions, including the hormonal effects of the medication and concern about the success of the treatment. Therefore it is important to have open and honest conversations with your partner before and during treatment. Some important questions to discuss are ‘how will we handle the costs of IVF?’, ‘how will we handle a multiple pregnancy, if it occurs?’ and ‘how best can we support each other through this treatment?’
- Make lifestyle changes
Before starting IVF treatment it is really important to establish a healthy lifestyle. Make sure you are eating plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and unprocessed foods. Protein is also very beneficial for egg production, so make sure to add lean meats, eggs and dairy products to your shopping list! You should also cut out caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes. Your fertility specialist may also recommend gentle exercises like walking, swimming or yoga.
- Take time to relax
This is one of the most important tips on preparing for IVF. We know how difficult it can be to battle with infertility issues, but staying calm and avoiding stress is so important. Try to keep your work schedule clear of anything that might cause stress and in your spare time do things that make you feel happy. It is also essential to your wellbeing to get enough sleep, so try to unwind by reading a book, practicing mindfulness or enjoying a relaxing bath before bed.
We understand that fertility treatment can be a difficult process, so don’t be afraid to ask for advice. If you have any questions about IVF, please contact us today.