Pregnant from IVF… What next?

In this week’s Fertility Show, I’m talking about what happens after becoming pregnant from IVF.

Many of the women I see have had years of fertility issues, so naturally they know all about fertility, but not a huge amount about pregnancy.  So once you become pregnant from IVF, what do you do next?

It is important to try and manage your mindset through this difficult but exciting period so that pregnancy joy doesn’t give way to anxiety. Here are 3 tips to help you in the next steps of your journey:

  • Look after yourself: Taking time to rest and take it easy is essential in the first few months of pregnancy. Learning to relax as much as possible is the best way to take care of you and your baby.
  • Take care of your mind set: Try to find ways to stop the worry and anxiety you’re feeling. This could involve looking at deep breathing, meditation and counselling if you feel you need additional help.Also make sure you are registered with a GP early on so you know you have back up in case something goes wrong.  
  • Give into your cravings:  When you were going through IVF you were probably eating good things to nourish yourself, and when you become pregnant this shouldn’t stop. You might start having cravings for carbs and foods that aren’t always good for you. But it’s important that you give in to what your body craves because you will need carbs for energy and your diet will improve as time goes on.   

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5 Commonly Asked Questions About IVF

In today’s episode of The Fertility Show, I’m answering the top five questions we get asked about IVF. As always, you’ll find your cheat sheet below.

  1. Is IVF an Emotional Rollercoaster?

Certainly it can be (although not always), but if you are prepared from the outset, you can help manage your emotions. Some women feel tired and emotionally fragile during treatment so building in time for yourself, to sleep well and nourish yourself you can enhance your energy. Mindfulness, hypnotherapy and meditation apps can also help with worry.

2. Are IVF injections painful?

Some are more painful than others, but during treatment, we show all women how to use and administer drugs correctly. There is also always someone to ask and offer you support and extra guidance.

3. Can you exercise during IVF?

We recommend gentle exercise when going through IVF – if you’re doing lots of exercise it will be diverting the blood away from the pelvic area.

4. Can eggs be improved before the IVF process?

Yes. The environment in which eggs grow in is affected by lifestyle, so improving your diet, cutting out alcohol, taking a multivitamin and mineral that contain folate and Omega 3 taking and eating well can all help improve egg quality.

5. How long does an IVF cycle last?

Generally, the same length of time that a woman’s natural cycle lasts, is two quite intensive weeks and then the dreaded ‘two week wait’ in which you are waiting to find out of if you are pregnant or not. It’s really important to try to manage your time through a cycle to be sure you’re not in a hurry at the same time as going for tests and scans, and have space to manage the two week wait.  

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Dr Simone Rofena discusses ‘What Is Endometriosis?’

In today’s episode of  The Fertility Show, Dr Simone Rofena, our brilliant consultant in Reproductive Medicine, is answering a question that a lot of women as us at the clinic… ‘What is Endometriosis?’

Watch Dr Rofena talking more about Endometriosis in the video below:

As always, here’s your cheat sheet below:

What is Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common condition where tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb (endometrium) is found in other parts of the body including the ovaries, fallopian tubes and in or around the bladder or bowel.

What are the most common symptoms of Endometriosis?

One of the most common signs of Endometriosis is period pains or painful intercourse, which might be the result of inflammation of the pelvic organs. Other symptoms include feeling sick, constipation, diarrhoea, or difficulty getting pregnant.

What are the different stages of Endometriosis?

There are several degrees of Endometriosis from very mild to moderate to severe. It can be treated through medicines or surgery, either of which can help patients conceive either naturally or through IVF.

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Can a Mediterranean diet help increase IVF success?

Today on The Fertility Show, I am talking about the Mediterranean Diet. There has been lots of interest in the press in this way of eating and crucially how it can maximise your fertility.

We see so many women who are exhausted through lack of sleep and being on the go the whole time. Stress depletes the body of vital nutrients that are needed for fertility.

But looking to the diet of our Mediterranean neighbours will pay dividends.

So what is the Mediterranean Diet?

This way of eating includes a broad range of fresh fruit and vegetables that include oils, good fats, slow-releasing carbohydrates and protein. When you are preparing for IVF, the food you eat helps lay down the foundations. Protein is needed for instance to produce eggs.

Watch the video to find out more – and as always, you’ll find your cheatsheet below.

How does a Mediterranean diet boost fertility

  • A Mediterranean diet can help with gut health.

Being able to absorb nutrients is really key in order to build healthy eggs, sperm and hormones.

  • A Mediterranean diet supports blood sugar.

Many women are ruled by their moods, food, hormones and crave sweets throughout the day. By managing your blood sugar through a good diet you are going to balance moods and cravings, and optimise egg health as well.

  • A Mediterranean is rich in antioxidants

Your diet should be rich in antioxidants from fruit and vegetables in order to protect cells from free radical damage. These can be damaging to eggs and sperm at a high level.

  • A Mediterranean is contains good fats.

Good fats from fish oils help with boost cell membranes and prevent against inflammation in the body.

There are lots of recipes that are based on the Mediterranean diet in my book The IVF Diet book.

 

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What’s The Difference Between Natural And Mild IVF?

At the Zita West clinic, we’re often asked about ‘natural’ and ‘mild’ IVF. So we asked our senior medical consultant, Dr Simone Rofena to explain what they both are and who is suitable for these different forms of treatments.  

As always, here’s your cheat sheet with a simple explanation of both procedures…

Natural IVF 

Natural IVF requires no drugs at all and is particularly suitable for women who have proven not to be responding to the conventional drugs that you use in IVF. If that is the case for you, in some cases we can still retrieve one or more eggs by simply naturally monitoring your cycle and performing an egg collection when the natural ovulation occurs.

Mild IVF 

Mild IVF requires the use of a minimal dosage of stimulation and is particularly suitable for patients who have a reduced ovarian reserve but are still able to produce a relatively good number of eggs. In these instances, mild IVF can be more helpful than a totally natural approach because through the use of a low dose of medication we are able to retrieve a good number of eggs.

Alongside both these procedures, we recommend a holistic approach which we believe is really able to make a difference to your success. Through nutrition and lifestyle assessments and some complementary therapies we have been able to improve the egg quality of our patient in the past.

Suitability for natural and mild IVF is not for everyone and all decisions on which protocol is the right one are taken on an individual basis.

If you wish to book an appointment with Dr Simone Rofena to discuss your IVF options, call us on 0207 224 0017 or email us at clinics@zitawest.com

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5 Things To Consider When Dealing with Secondary Infertility

One of the things I’m often asked about is secondary infertility. This is when a woman who’s previously had a baby is struggling to get pregnant again.

And it’s far from uncommon. Every day we see women who have fallen pregnant the first time without even thinking about it and quite often in a short space of time, and then they struggle the second time around and are naturally very shocked that conception is not happening.

Take a look at the five key areas that I look at when a woman’s struggling to conceive the second time around.

As always, here’s your cheat sheet summarising my best advice.

  1. Age:  Age is a really important factor. Many women that are getting pregnant later in life are very keen to try for a second baby quite quickly. Age and how long you’ve been trying are key to understanding your fertility status the second time around.
  2. Sex: You absolutely have to have more sex to get pregnant a second time, usually at least three times a week. Many women I see just aren’t having enough sex because they are exhausted and often trying to juggle looking after a toddler with work, and they just don’t have the energy for sex.
  3. Nutrition and diet: Many mums, especially if they’re working, aren’t getting the proper nutrition. They get home from work, they have a baby to bathe and put to bed, and they don’t nourish themselves enough. Looking at diet and nutrition is really important as this can impact egg quality.
  4. Supplements: I’m a huge believer in supplements. Alongside a healthy diet, multi-vitamins and minerals, like Omega 3 and Folate, provide key nutrients to your body in preparation for getting pregnant.  
  5. Exhaustion: If you’re a working mum, you are exhausted by the time the weekend comes, so catching up on your sleep and having a bit of time to yourself is vital.

Happily, many women who are struggling the second time round do go on and get pregnant naturally but for those of you that are older, it’s about working within a timeframe, and most importantly, setting yourself a limit to when you will seek help and more assistance.

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