Taking care of Your Health During IVF Treatment
Although many couples and single adults find themselves ready to embark on the journey of parenthood, frequently, fertility issues can prevent them from moving in the right direction. Fortunately, fertility treatments like In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) are available to help parents-to-be along the way.
Because IVF involves hormone therapy, your body will go through continuous change throughout the process. Follow these tips to help you to look after yourself, mentally and physically, throughout your fertility journey.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals
Many chemicals that we encounter every day can throw the body’s hormone levels out of wack—these chemicals are called endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Not only are these chemicals harmful to your overall health, encountering EDC’s can inhibit your ability to conceive, counteracting your hormonal treatment.
Here are some common everyday items that contain EDC’s that you should avoid:
Formaldehyde, which can be found in nail polish
Parabens, which can be found in makeup and hair products
Brominated flame retardants, which can be found on furniture and electronics
Dioxins, which are commonly found in meat and dairy products
Phthalates, which can be found in various plastics
Leading an active lifestyle and maintaining a healthy weight can help your body to better respond to IVF treatments and have a higher success rate. However, it is important to note that too much exercise may negatively affect the way your body responds to treatment. Studies have shown that women who exercise for more than 4 hours each week had a 30% lower rate of having a successful birth.
When exercising during treatment, be sure to opt for low to moderate-intensity workouts. Some appropriate exercises include:
- Speed walking
If you’re uncertain about the safety of a certain exercise, be sure to discuss it with your doctor.
Be Kind to Yourself
As your body continues to go through hormonal changes, it is normal to experience emotional changes and mood swings. Remember that undergoing fertility treatment is a process; you should be patient with yourself and find positive ways to cope with these feelings.
If you find yourself being emotionally overwhelmed throughout the IVF process, try utilizing some of these mental health tips:
- Try talking to a counselor.
- Take a yoga class.
- Find a relaxing hobby.
- Try writing down your feelings in a journal.
- Spend time with loved ones.
- Try deep breathing exercises.
IVF Treatment in Palm Beach, Florida
At the Palm Beach Fertility Center, we will provide individualized attention combined with cutting edge technology. We want to assure you that you have access to the most advanced fertility treatment available in a warm, supportive atmosphere.
Fill out our online contact form or give us a call at (888) 819-5177, today.