Why Nutrition Is So Important For Pregnancy And IVF Success

I say this all the time, but without a doubt nutrition is the cornerstone to laying down the foundations for a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Nutrients play an essential role in creating and maintaining healthy eggs and sperm that will go onto fertilise, implant and grow a healthy baby.

Still, There is so much conflicting advice around diet and supplements when trying for a baby naturally, and we always attempt to cut through the generalisations and develop a personalised and targeted nutritional plan for you as a couple.

In this week’s Fertility Show, I’m sitting down with Isabelle Obert, our clinic nutritionist, and she is giving us her top tips on why nutrition is so important for pregnancy.

Here’s a sneak peek of what Isabella had to say…

‘A lot of people feel out-of-control during an IVF cycle. You know, when’s the next scan? When’s the next injection? By taking control of your nutrition, you can actually be proactive.

We make it as easy as possible. It’s got to be doable. It’s got to be interesting. It’s got to be … I try and be as enthusiastic as possible, so when people leave, they know what they’re doing. They have a diet plan. They feel comfortable. They feel relaxed.

I always want people to leave a nutritional consultation more relaxed than when they came in, feeling happier, and feeling that they can actually be proactive. It makes an enormous amount of difference, because one should not underestimate the mind-body connection.’

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5 Ways We Optimise Your Cycle For IVF Success

I’m asked every day how we optimise IVF cycles at the Zita West Clinic to ensure the best success rates.

So in this week’s The Fertility Show,  I’m discussing the 5 ways we optimise your cycle for IVF success.

And as usual, here is your cheat sheet summed up in 5 bite sized points!

  1. Preparation: Preparation on every level, mentally, physically, and emotionally is key to IVF success. At the Zita West clinic we look at your diet, nutrition, lifestyle, work/life balance, stresses, and emotional wellbeing.
  2. Optimising egg and sperm quality: We really believe that there’s a lot that you can do to improve the quality of your eggs and sperm. We think one major key to success to nurture the environment in which these embryos will will grow in order to help get mature, healthy eggs and sperm.
  3. Individualising your cycle: You can never compare like for like with any couple or woman that comes through the door. Each IVF plan needs to be tailor-made for you because everybody is unique and different. One person might have low egg reserve, another might be younger, somebody else might be older, there may be male factor issues going on, as well. The drugs that are used, the protocol that you’ll put on, the way you’re monitored, the egg collection transfer, the lab work, are all very key to IVF success.
  4. Micromanaging your cycle: Micromanaging is part of our individualised approach. It’s not a one-fits-all policy at our clinic. It’s really important to monitor each patient frequently, which we do. Through micromanaging your cycle, we’re able to find out how you’re progressing, what needs to be done. Do you need extra blood tests? Do you need extra scans? We’re able to see issues or problems before they arise and we can correct them along the way.
  5. Intensive care: Lastly we give all our patients intensive care. A lot of hand-holding goes into having IVF at Zita West Clinic. The nursing staff and the rest of the team are there for you throughout your cycle and you’ve got access to them by email or phone.  

All of these form part of what we call our ‘holistic care approach’. If we concentrate on the medical side of your cycle, your diet, nutrition, lifestyle, optimising egg and sperm quality and micromanaging your cycle, we really believe you will have a better chance of IVF success.

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Can acupuncture help you fall pregnant?

There’s a lot of mystery and scepticism surrounding acupuncture as a type of treatment, and whether or not it can help you conceive.

Research suggests that acupuncture may help in various areas relating to assisted conception, including during the lead-up to a cycle and immediately before and after embryo transfer (though, as with most research related to complementary treatments, this can’t be considered proven).

We believe that it contributes to our high levels of IVF success, so this week on The Fertility Show, I’m sitting down with Valeria, one of the acupuncturists in the clinic who has been with us for seven years, to ask explain what patients can expect when they come to The Zita West Clinic for acupuncture.

Zita: What can patients expect when they come to see you?

Valeria: Well, first of all, we try to establish relationship, and try to get to know where they are at in the path, and journey. That’s very important, because not everybody has the same root, some people have never had any treatments, whereas others have been trying to conceive for many years and have had a variety of treatments. So it Is important to know what each patient has been through, what their expectations are, and then once we know this, try to establish which areas of well-bring we need to concentrate on.

Zita: What is unique about the acupuncture treatments we do here?

Valeria: Here at the Zita West Clinic, acupuncture is always carried out in conjunction with mainstream Western medicine to ensure the best possible level of reproductive health. Our team carries out over 3000 sessions of fertility-focused treatments each year and we consistently update our methods by consulting the latest research as part of fertility treatment.

Zita: What is the feedback you get from patients who come to see you?

Valeria: The feedback we get from patients is that they trust that acupuncture is a really important part of their treatment and they feel supported by the clinic in helping them access it. And we know, certainly with embryo transfer, the treatment before embryo transfer is really important to calm the uterus down. The least, sort of, movement spasm there is in the uterus, the easier the work for the doctor and patients really feel acupuncture helps in calming them down,

If you want to book an acupuncture appointment at our clinic, please call our reception team and although on the day availability cannot be guaranteed we will do everything possible to accommodate you.

 

Can hypnotherapy work for fertility? Zita meets Maureen Kiely, our senior clinical hypnotherapist 

 

Getting pregnant is not just about having sex at the ‘right’ time or going through the motions of IVF. The mind can have a very powerful influence on the whole process of conception.

Negative thoughts, emotions and behaviours can all lead to increased anxiety and sometimes depression, getting in the way of your goal of conceiving. The hardest thing to hear when you are trying to address fertility issues is, ‘you must remain positive, try not to think about it too much.’

As true as this advice may be, many people need support in reaching a relaxed and optimistic mind-set during what can be one of the most important and stressful times of your life.

Today I’m sitting down with Maureen Kiely, our senior clinical hypnotherapist with over 15 years of experience for a quick Q&A session.

One of the things that we see at the clinic constantly is how a woman can deal with uncertainty ’cause trying to get pregnant, not knowing when it’s going to happen, it’s really, really hard and it really affects your mindset. How do work with those women? What can hypnotherapy do to help? 

That’s what I asked Maureen to tell us!

And as usual, your cheatsheet is below…

Zita: What can hypnotherapy do to help?

Maureen: The first thing is that when people come here they also walk in and have a bit of hope. They think, maybe this is going to be the place where I’m going to find the answers. I like to maximise the potential of that hope. One of things I do is I draw an analogy between having a passport, if you like, a passport that tells you who you are, where you’ve been, what’s happened to you and it’s true and it’s full of their experience. That isn’t always easy, experience, and that isn’t always, it can be very, very difficult, some of the things that people come to us with that passport. And I say, we can’t say that that no longer exists. We can’t get rid of it but what we can do is acknowledge it, put it to one side and get a day pass. Every day I’m going to help you get a day pass every day into a place which has a language of optimism, positivity, is flourishing, it’s benevolent and I’m going to help you manage that language through my strategies and through hypnosis.

Zita: How does what you do tie into fertility?

Maureen: It ties in because I give them very specific places to take their thoughts and their feelings to. A much more positive use of the energy. If you think about energy coming in, it’s neutral but it’s what we do with the energy. Because we worry about fertility, because we worry about what’s happened in the past, that energy then becomes anxiety and upset. I help them to make that energy that comes in, detour it, if you like, into this more positive place with visualisations, with strategies to make those sorts more positive and optimistic, more flourishing. It ties into fertility because I give them a more positive outlook, they are genuinely feeling more positive and more optimistic because they have a genuine positive and optimistic place to take their thoughts to.

Zita: Do women leave you with a way to help themselves at home?

Maureen: Absolutely. One of the things I encourage, I say actually, that when they’re here they get it all. I’m a director, I don’t let people sit around in a wishy washy place. I direct them. I know exactly what they need, I’ve been doing it a long time. But I also teach them self hypnosis and therefore if it’s three o’clock in the morning and you wake up, no matter all these thoughts and mindfulness and all those things, I say, then, go to your fertility garden. Go to your control room. Go into your balloon that’s going to take you away, it’s going to help you detach from that worry and that negativity. Find that place that I help them to get where you can genuinely help yourself fall back to sleep. Help yourself feel genuinely calm.

Zita: What about if I’m feeling a bit frightened by the thought of hypnotherapy? I know before I had hypnotherapy I was worried about going under or what was going to happen to me, thinking about the swinging of watches, but it’s a very easy process, isn’t it?

Maureen: Absolutely. That’s the point is that I only use my voice and you go into a deep relaxed state and then I teach you how to do that too. There’s no watches. I don’t turn you into a chicken but you’re going to walk away feeling comfortable, serene and relaxed, at the very least.

We have enough results in this clinic to show that people can genuinely access a flourishing, benevolent space and that has impact, mind over matter, where the mind goes the body follows. We do good work.

 

Book your one to one appointment with Zita

One of the greatest pleasures I get from doing my consultations is coming up with a plan and a woman or couple leaving feeling lighter proactive and more in control of their situation.

With this in mind, I wanted to remind you guys – our valued subscribers – that you can book one to one appointments with me!

So why see me?

Most couples who come to see me want to get pregnant naturally, and to feel that they are doing everything they can to make that happen.

Appointments with me are ideal no matter what stage of the journey you are at, whether you’ve just started trying to conceive, have had a miscarriage, are thinking about IVF or have had IVF that’s failed or if you are thinking of going it alone.

Our holistic approach looks not only at the medical side of your fertility, but also at other areas of your life that may be having an impact on your ability to conceive naturally.

What I do well is to work with you on creating a personalised fertility plan of action to pull all the strands together. My aim is to give you the best opportunity of becoming pregnant naturally and help you understand what you need to do next in a way that is manageable, affordable and individual to you.

Appointments can be conducted virtually via Skype, or in person at the clinic and are priced £175. To book, click here.

Under The Microscope: What Makes IVF Successful

At the Zita West Clinic we believe our high success rates are down to our unique approach to fertility and the exceptional team of medical experts, fertility nurses, nutritionists, acupuncturists, counsellors and hypnotherapists that are here to support you throughout your IVF treatment.

To have a successful IVF treatment there are so many things that you must get right.

This week on The Fertility Show, we asked Dr George Ndukwe, Medical Director at the Zita West Family Clinic to tell us about the three most important factors we concentrate on at The Zita West Clinic to make IVF successful… watch below.

Three important factors that make IVF successful:

  • OPTIMISE SPERM AND EGG: The basis for a successful pregnancy is optimum sperm and egg. At Zita West Clinic we really take this very seriously. We have to prepare our patients for this to make sure that by the time they come to egg collection we have the best possible sperm and egg.

 

  • PERSONALISED IVF: There is no one size that fits all when it comes to IVF treatment. When we see a couple, we determine what is best for that individual couple.

 

  • TRANSFER TECHNIQUE: People think this is the easiest part of the whole process, however in my opinion it is actually the hardest and most important part. You can do whatever you like but if the embryo transfer goes wrong, the treatment is over at this point, so the transfer technique is really important to IVF success.

For weekly tips, advice and wisdom on natural fertility and IVF, subscribe to our Fertility Show on YouTube.

Book now

Consultations are available at our Clinic in London, or our visiting clinics in Dublin and Cork or via Video Conferencing from the comfort of your own home.

Connect with us

Call us on 0207 224 0017 or email us at clinics@zitawest.com