Best Ways to Prepare for IVF
Some couples who have struggled to conceive eventually decide to go the IVF (in-vitro fertilization) route. If you and your partner are choosing to undergo IVF treatment in your efforts to become pregnant, you will want to know some of the best ways to prepare for the journey, both physically and mentally.
In terms of lifestyle, you can boost IVF success rates by eating a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. It is important to limit your intake of processed foods, those containing white flour and sugar, and foods exposed to chemicals or pesticides. A whole foods diet is always recommended and a modified Mediterranean diet has been shown to improve reproductive outcomes. As you prepare for IVF it is of utmost importance to avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, or consuming caffeine. By preparing your body with quality nutrition you give yourself the best chance of having greater numbers of high-quality eggs, important for success with IVF.
Relaxation and stress reduction are critical. During this time you should focus on reducing stress, getting a good night’s sleep, and avoiding any major changes in your life that could cause stress or anxiety. Mild exercise such as yoga or walking are great for keeping in shape and reducing stress but avoid vigorous workouts. Meditation and deep breathing are also great ways to relax and de-stress.
Acupuncture is a great way to not only reduce stress and promote relaxation but improve blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, which also supports higher quality eggs. Having acupuncture treatments leading up to and during your IVF is recommended to increase success rates. Acupuncture optimizes results by improving hormonal balance, reducing stress, and balancing the energy pathways in the body, and enhancing circulation to the entire reproductive system. Essentially, it helps to prepare and nurture your body so that the likelihood of conception with IVF is much greater. Even after you become pregnant, acupuncture supports a healthy pregnancy when performed on a regular basis and lowers the risk of ectopic pregnancies and miscarriage.
In-vitro fertilization can be hard on you both physically and emotionally. Ultimately, be kind to yourself in every aspect of your life when preparing for IVF. At Sage Acupuncture we help couples in Austin and surrounding areas understand the best ways to prepare for IVF so that the journey is less taxing and more rewarding. If you would like tailored advice on what to do during your IVF call us today and realize your dream of conceiving through IVF.