Do you have an IVF or FET transfer approaching? An upcoming cycle can be both exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. On the one hand, you’re eager to move forward on your journey and finally make your dreams come true. On the other hand, now that you’ve made this huge step, a lot more is at stake and you may be feeling emotionally and financially vulnerable.
Because so much is at stake, you probably want to know everything you can do to support your upcoming transfer, whether it’s an IVF, FET or Donor Egg cycle. Here are 7 natural ways you can prepare your body for your transfer.
1. Stock Up On Positive, Inspiration And Humor
Laughing, smiling and feeling good releases hormones that help to relax your body, improve digestion, lower blood pressure and maintain healthy blood circulation. Prepare yourself by renting funny movies or having positive, funny or inspirational reading on hand.
2. Eat The Right Foods
- Focus on a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds, lean meat protein (such as fish and skinless chicken), and healthy fats (such as omega-3 ).
- Eat COOKED vegetables. Avoid RAW vegetables and salads.(They drain the body of warmth and energy. It takes extra energy for your body to digest raw and cold foods, which weakens your reproductive energy.)
- Soups and stews are great, especially steeping the bones in the broth all day before eating the soup.
- Avoid trans fat, sugar and excessive refined carbohydrates.
3. Maintain a Healthy Body Weight
Being either underweight or overweight can negatively impact the success of your IVF or embryo transfer, making it more difficult for you to get pregnant. Talk to your doctor about a healthy weight for you and develop a diet and exercise plan that will keep you at that target weight.
4. Moderate Exercise
Moderate and regular exercise improves your blood circulation and allows more oxygen, nutrients and hormones to be transported to your ovaries and uterus. Walking, jogging, swimming or bicycling 3 or 4 times a week also help you ease stress and keep a health weight.
However, don’t overdo it and avoid intensive exercises and heavy lifting during stimulation, retrieval and especially post-transfer.
How do you chillax (that’s relax + chill) when you’re stuck with your thoughts for days wondering if things are going terribly right or terribly wrong? It’s all about your breath. No matter what happens to us in life, we always have our breath to go back to.
When you start to freak out, bring your attention to your breath. Notice where you are experiencing the freaking out feelings in your body. Notice how they feel. Don’t judge how you are feeling, just simply observe your thoughts, emotions and physical sensations like a curious observer.
You can repeat a reassuring mantra to yourself, “I trust that everything is happening exactly as it’s meant to be for the greater good.” Breathe and visualize your healthy uterus full of light and love.
It’s calming, reassuring and guides you to tap into your intuition and welcome your baby into your life.
6. Warm The Abdomen Before Your Transfer
To help relax the muscles and tendons of the lower abdomen, increase circulation, reduce inflammation and relax cramping and spasms, Apply heat pad on your lower tummy every night for 30 mins after egg collection (if it is FET cycle, please start one 5-7 days before your transfer), especially the night before transfer. “Do not use the hot pack after the transfer.” Most fertility doctors advise against applying any heat to the low abdomen after they’ve transferred the embryo(s).
7. Stay Hydrated With Electrolytes
Staying hydrated is extremely important to avoid uterine spasms. Drink plenty of water. To get electrolytes, drink coconut water, electrolyte-infused water, add lemon juice and pinch of sea salt to your water, or add electrolyte packets that can be purchased at health food stores.
We don’t recommend the products with sugar and food dye.
8. Try Acupuncture
Acupuncture can be used throughout the duration of your IVF/ICSI cycle to improve your ovarian function and egg quality for egg collection, as well as help embryo development and implantation after transfer.
A recent review of acupuncture’s effect on IVF treatment in the British Medical Journal stated that acupuncture could increase a woman’s chance of pregnancy by 65%. At the same time, acupuncture is safe and no adverse effects were reported.