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    Default How to throw myself into IVF

    Hi ladies,

    So, after my bad news on Thursday, I still feel very upset, up and down, getting my head around it all. I have just remembered that I have a free counselling service at my workplace as well so I will make use of that.

    However thanks to the ladies who responded to my last thread I am feeling a bit more positive about this possibly only IVF cycle. It probably won't work, but that won't be for my lack of trying.

    So...any suggestions for giving myself my best shot?

    I already eat healthily but think I could do better - maybe mostly vegetarian meals with lean chicken breast and fish and avoiding red meat?

    I don't exercise (My BMI is 22 so I'm not overweight though) purely due to time as my commute to work is up to 2 hours each way so I don't have much free time during the week as I also have a toddler. But I'm thinking making an effort to go for a walk around the block after work during the week and longer hikes on the weekend?

    Avoiding alcohol completely (Boo!), we only have a couple of glasses of wine a week but giving it up altogether.

    Giving up caffeine completely.

    I don't smoke.

    Should I be taking any vitamins? vitex/angus cactus? I've read wheatgerm can help lower FSH levels?

    Any advice or suggestions to give this round of IVF 100% would be appreciated.

    xxx

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    They say acupuncture the day before and the day after a transfer can help? I've never been brave enough to try!


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    I probably wouldnt go overboard - it adds to the stress, which is worse than some of those things.

    I would definitely try for a little excercise - but to be honest, running after a toddler is good excercise anyway, so dont worry if you dont get to.

    I would probably give up the glass or two of wine, but not bother about giving up the caffeine. leave yourself some things as IVF is definitely very hard anyway

    I too have heard that acupuncture can have really good results so is definitely worth a go.

    good luck

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    Take i-folic and vitamin D. Exercise is good, my FS told me to lose a kilo or two even though I was a good BMI. Avoid any anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and just stick to paracetamol.

    There is only so much you can do. I would say don't stress yourself out with added costs, appointments or treatments unless you really believe it helps and/or your doc has suggested it. Hrm. I can't think of anything else really.

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    Really with IVF I would focus on mental health side of things rather than the physical side. I don't think things like acupuncture or Chinese medicine help at all and that's based on a lot of scientific research. As you are a good bmi I wouldn't recommend any particular diet changes but you may want to consider starting some regular exercise and good blood flow to your abdomen is very important. Make sure your taking a good pre-conception multi bit and I'd say that's about it

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleDove View Post
    Really with IVF I would focus on mental health side of things rather than the physical side. I don't think things like acupuncture or Chinese medicine help at all and that's based on a lot of scientific research. As you are a good bmi I wouldn't recommend any particular diet changes but you may want to consider starting some regular exercise and good blood flow to your abdomen is very important. Make sure your taking a good pre-conception multi bit and I'd say that's about it
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    All of this! Walking is great for your body, but also to clear your mind.
    Try and stay positive and keep close friends around you so you can vent.. Bub hub is great for that too.
    You need a good support network and lots of love around you
    Praying its easy sailing for you!!!!
    And I'm here if you ever need anything - been through it all xxxxx


 

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