Wednesday, September 10, 2008

What you need to do before IVF?

I wish that I had started this blog long before I started my first IVF cycle. Fortunately I am learning more with every cycle. The biggest thing that I learned is that I should have started 3 months before my first IVF cycle.

Dietary changes should be made three months to a year before you start IVF treatments. Don’t go crazy! Some women will still get pregnant even if you just started making changed in the middle of their cycle. For the best results make the change to eat fresh fruits and veggies, lower the amount of red meat, and avoid junk food, caffeine, tobacco, sodas, sweeteners, and refined carbohydrates as soon as possible.

Most of the information I have found is from “The Infertility Cure”. There is a link on the right column to Below are some other web sites with great information.

Katz says, "The general advice is that if you want to make any changes to your diet in the hopes of conceiving and having a baby, you should probably be looking for a healthy diet with lots of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and high in folate and omega-3 fatty acids."

“When it comes to getting pregnant, the old adage "you are what you eat" rings true. "What you eat affects everything from your blood to your cells to your hormones," says Cynthia Stadd, a nutrition specialist at the Berkeley Center for Reproductive Wellness and Women's Health in New York City. According to the American Pregnancy Association, a nonprofit that promotes reproductive health, you should allow three months to a year for dietary changes to take root. But if you're already in the throes of baby-making, don't fret -- it's never too late to get a leg up. Read on for tips on getting your diet into baby-making shape.”

“When you are trying to get pregnant, each passing month can seem like a wasted cycle, and three to six months or more can seem like a very long time. However, studies show that at least three months of preparation with TCM is optimal for a healthy pregnancy and baby. In TCM, no cycle is a "wasted" cycle. Each treatment strengthens your body and brings it closer to optimal reproductive health, a healthy pregnancy, and a healthy baby.”

Please feel free to add any other helpful tips or web sites.

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