Hi girls (and boys).... I find I'm thinking of IVF all the time and always thinking what I can eat/drink/do to help. Feels like everything is now happening very fast and not sure if I'm prepared enough for giving myself the best chance. ...
Im 31, bmi of 30.5 and have PCOS and hub low sperm count. It all felt so far away when we started this process....1.5 years ago we went to our GP, then local fertility specialist and referred to chosen IVF clinic.
Saw them in Dec for tests; had our consultation 4 jan; (have been on metformin since Oct); on the pill now to regulate period so I can start injections at the right time in my cycle; Start injections 10 Feb and all being well EC and ET are end Feb. That's 5 ish weeks away!!!!!!!!
I'm scared, excited, happy, anxious, nervous all rolled into one. ... being a "planner" I deal with things by taking control of what I can. So can anyone tell me what I can be doing to better my chances please?
limited refined sugars;
metformin (for pcos);
extra folic acid (due to pcos and weight);
extra vitamin D3 (the happiness vitamin);
the pill (prescribed for pcos period regulation);
Drinking lots of water (3 litres a day);
Walk 30 mins every day minimum;
A little yoga 1-2 times a week;
Have lost nearly a stone so far since Nov (to improve overall chances and bring down BMI although our threshold for IVF is a bmi of under 35 which I've got);
Acupuncture once a week and to increase around EC;
Keeping warm on tummy before EC;
Hub is wearing loose boxers and not carrying his phone in his trouser pocket anymore;
Hub is also taking a pre conception vitamin (for men) and has given up caffeine and alcohol;
Have some massages/facials/treats planned for before/after EC to keep calm;
Trying to be stress free by planning days off in work around EC and as much as poss during 2WW after ET.
Foods to avoid:
Sticky foods like peanut butter (due to PCOS); White carbs; white sugars; processed foods and takeaways; toxins and free radicals; Spicy "hot" food after ET; protein powder is a no-no for both of us;
Wearing perfume/aftershave (something to do with the toxins); reducing the amount of makeup I wear (scary in itself!) swimming in cold pools; getting cold (need to be warm on tummy before EC); too much exercise; using the microwave too much; certain plastic containers; unnatural household cleaning products (or washing thoroughly after use);
Specific foods to eat:
Lots of natural organic protein; switched to full fat organic milk to improve egg quality; avocados; pineapple including the core!!; homemade "fertility" granola for breakfast (which contains lots of good nuts and nutrients...recipe by Zita West); a variety of berries for fertility; A good range of vegetables (lots of dark leafy veg) and some fruit; lots of wholegrain, pulses, beans, seeds etc, homemade healthy balanced meals; warming foods.
Please can you share any more tips for before egg collection, before or after transfer?