Most of us can agree that the day that a woman can turn around and say ‘I’m pregnant’ or ‘we’re pregnant’ is one of the happiest days in her life, particularly after IVF. But because of the history that you may have had of trying and it not working or IVF failures, it’s hard to believe when the day you’ve been waiting for does actually come around. It can be overwhelming to the point that it turns that IVF elation at getting a positive pregnancy into stress and anxiety.
This week on The Fertility Show, I’m going to talk you through some of the things you can do to help manage those feelings and ensure not only a healthy pregnancy, but a happy one too.
And as always, here’s the cheat sheet for you to keep to hand:
Get reassurance from your IVF clinic
Many women who have gone through IVF and become pregnant suddenly feel like they have no one around them anymore. After the intense period of going for regular check-ups to get injections and scans, the actual pregnancy can seem very lonely and scary. Never be afraid to contact your clinic for support – they’re should always be there!
Look after your mindset
It is possible to manage those horrible emotions of fear, worry and anxiety, particularly through certain techniques. Look into techniques like visualisation, acupuncture and hypnotherapy, as these are all proven to help with stress reduction.
Get enough rest and sleep
It sounds like common sense, but no one is ever ready for just how much the sheer exhaustion of going through an IVF cycle ends up depleting your body of energy. Getting to bed early, resting plenty, building up those reserves and going out for gentle walks are a really important part of feeling healthier and better about things.
Eat what your body tells you to
We’re huge believers in preparation at the clinic, particularly in regards to diet and nutrition. Many women that we see are also strict about maintaining a good diet and staying healthy when trying for a baby. They expect to carry on this regime when they become pregnant, but often find their body craving carbs. I’m here to tell you that this is completely normal! While you may want to cut back on everything, give yourself time to get to know your body and what it wants, as it will change every single day of your pregnancy.
Take supplements to help the development of your baby
We know so much more now than we did before about the idea of ‘mind, body and baby’, and how you actually can influence so many factors of your developing baby. Nutrition and lifestyle play a key role, but at the clinic we also stress the importance of taking multivitamins, Omega 3 and others to help supplement your diet and nutrition ensure you have a healthy pregnancy.