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IVF Tips, Cycle Do's and Don'ts

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, February 05, 2007 | 0 comments

DURING your IVF Cycle:

# Continue eating a well balanced diet.

# Try to reduce caffeine to 1-2 caffeinated beverages a day.

# Make sure you get adequate sleep: a minimum of 8 hours.

# Continue light to moderate exercise.

# Don’t smoke (male and female).

# Don’t drink alcohol
(male and female).

# Don’t diet during treatment (losing 10% or more of your body weight can compromise the end result of your cycle). But do diet before if your BMI is greater than 30.

# Always avoid fish high in mercury.

# Don’t take any medication, even over-the-counter drugs like allergy or cold medication, without talking to your RE about it.

# Extreme heat can reduce fertility in both partners.

# Drink lots of water, especially during stimulation.

# In case of OHSS, drink lots of fluids. Drink Pedialyte instead of Gatorade. It’s just better for you! Drinking 3-5 liters of water per day can prevent OHSS is some cases.

# Speak to your RE about baby aspirin. It’s a blood thinner that increases blood flow to the uterus to improve implantation.

# Last but not least, try not to stress and be positive. High stress levels are known to reduce fertility in both men and women and compromise the outcome of an IVF cycle.

AFTER the Embryo Transfer:

# Don’t eat food older than 12 hours.

# Don’t eat fish high in mercury.

# Avoid excessive exercise. Don’t over do it.

# Moderate walking is a great exercise during the 2 week wait. Helps to keep stress levels low.

# Make sure you get adequate sleep.

# Do not lift anything heavy. Some professionals believe anything over 2 pounds is too much; others, anything over 10 pounds. Bottom line: everything in moderation.

# Drink lots of water to prevent constipation. Water is also crucial for cell development.

# Extreme heat can reduce fertility in both partners.

# Practice relaxation techniques like meditation, breathing exercises, acupuncture or yoga postures that improve fertility. What’s important here is to do what you enjoy and what helps you relax. Some research suggests that lowering stress levels may improve IVF success rates.

# Think POSITIVE!!!!


Full article: http://www.ivf.ca/tips.htm





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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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