The goal of any woman during pregnancy should be to ensure her own health and that of her baby. Most understand that staying away from alcohol and tobacco are important during pregnancy, but what else can you do to ensure a healthy pregnancy following a successful in vitro fertilization procedure?
Acupuncture is often used by individuals before in vitro fertilization or before trying to get pregnant. Practitioners of acupuncture often recommend beginning acupuncture three to six months before fertility treatment, and some choose to undergo one session right before and right after treatment. In terms of pregnancy, many choose to continue acupuncture in the first three months of pregnancy, as this is the period in which most miscarriages occur.
Yoga has also been used by individuals to improve their fertility. Stress can be a major inhibitor to fertility and yoga has been known to help patients relax. During pregnancy, yoga may also be beneficial. It may help women adjust to their pregnancy and is a great way to relieve stressboth physical and emotionalduring pregnancy.
Take special precautions when pregnant, however. Avoid poses that put you on your back after the first trimester, poses that stretches the muscles too much and do not practice yoga in a hot room. The best piece of advice regarding yoga during pregnancy may be to seek a yoga class geared specifically to pregnant women, and to let the yoga instructor know that you are pregnant as well as your trimester.
Nutrition is another important part of pregnancy, as it is essential to get all of the necessary nutrients, vitamins and minerals for your baby. Drinking water is a sometimes overlooked part of nutrition, but is important for staying hydrated and carries nutrients from your food to your baby. You’ll want to consume protein, carbohydrates, calcium, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, folic acid and limited amounts of fat.
Foods to avoid, however, include raw or undercooked meats, eggs or poultry, fish high in mercury, unpasteurized milk, caffeine, soft cheeses, unwashed vegetables, raw shellfish, smoked seafood, deli meat, pate and, of course, alcohol. Fertility clinics often offer nutritional counseling for women unsure of the diet they should adopt while pregnant.
Most people have heard the expression, ‘you’re eating for two now’. Keeping in mind your own health as well as that of your baby is important throughout your pregnancy with IVF, and should be taken very seriously.