Common mistakes people make during IVF and how to fix them

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When going through the IVF process you will undoubtedly be feeling a whole array of emotions as well as pressure to get it just right. While we understand that IVF is mainly down to science and luck we want to give you the best chance of success. We have put together a list of the most common mistakes people make during IVF and how to fix them.

1. Not practicing mindfulness and stress management techniques

When you’re having IVF it’s important to try and think as positively as you can. We’re strong believers in the link between mind and body and that just as having the right food can help to improve your chances of getting pregnant, thinking and feeling the right things can too. 

Our Guided Relaxation for IVF download has been specially recorded to provide you with a fantastic programme of positive visualisation exercises focussed on a successful IVF outcome.

Many women also use acupuncture to help relieve stress and aid relaxation.

2. Pushing yourself physically

IVF treatment can be extremely draining on your body as well as everything surrounding it like appointments, fertility tests, and fertility prescriptions. Whilst keeping physically active is important to keep your circulation flowing and to keep your mind from worrying, it is important to not push yourself to the limit. Listen to your body, if you are needing a sofa day, have a sofa day and if you feel like you need to move your body try some light exercise like yoga or a brisk walk.

3. Being disorganised  

There are so many things to think about with IVF, appointments, tests, medication, timing your ovulation and this is all alongside everything else you have going on in your life. Being organised is key to keeping your stress levels and mindset in check. This can include ensuring you have sufficient medications and supplements and not waiting until you are completely run out to stock back up.

4. Diet choices

People often think that there isn’t anything that can be done to boost IVF success, but in our view one of the single most important factors in preparing for it is getting you and your partner’s nutrition right, as this lays down the foundations to better eggs and sperm.

It’s important to build good, nutrient rich reserves as these are needed to optimise egg health and sperm production as well as to balance blood sugar and to enable the good digestion needed to absorb the nutrients for a healthy immune system.


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