There are several health and lifestyle changes you can make that are proven to influence or enhance your chances of getting pregnant both prior and during treatment. It is important to know that by the time you get referred for IVF treatment, the cause of your subfertility (reduced fertility) is usually out of your control. But for factors you can influence, please read below.
Physical fitness: A healthy body can help
Both female and male should ideally be within their healthy weight range, which is between 20–25 Body Mass Index (BMI). To calculate your BMI, there is a great online calculator on the Heart Foundation website here.
Diet: Pay attention to what you eat and drink
To improve your chances of conceiving, it’s important that you and your partner (if applicable) try your best to eat a healthy, balanced diet. This will help you both maintain a good sense of overall wellbeing, and nutritious, wholesome foods can markedly boost your fertility.
Supplements: Give your body a boost
It is strongly recommended to consume an adequate amount of folic acid, iodine and iron prior to and during pregnancy. Although many foods naturally contain these nutrients, the daily requirements increase substantially during pregnancy. That’s why supplements may be recommended to ensure your intake is sufficient during treatment.
Exercise: Moderate movement for your body and mind
During your IVF cycle, you can maintain your regular low impact exercise. Reduced fertility and subsequent treatment can both result in increased stress levels, so activities like yoga, regular walking, pilates (low impact), meditation and outdoor activities are encouraged.
Recreational stimulants and medications: Give your body a break
- Quit smoking (www.quitline.co.nz)
- Don’t take drugs
- Abstain from alcohol
- Limit caffeine
- Work: Aim for balance and limit stress
Emotional support: We’re here to help
Fertility uncertainty and treatment can be stressful and caring for your emotional and physical wellbeing is crucial during this time. Our counselling team are on hand to help you and counselling sessions are included at no extra charge with all IVF/ ICSI treatments. To read more about our counselling services click here.
Read more from this nationwide Green Cross Health checklist click here.