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 POSITIVITY, 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 seeping the bones in the broth all day before eating the soup.
- Avoid dairy, sugar and excessive refined carbohydrates. All of these create phlegm and inflammation which is not conducive to a happy healthy uterine environment.
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.
4. 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 a hot pack on low abdomen after the retrieval leading up to the transfer. “Do not use the hot pack after the transfer.” Most fertility doctors advise against applying heat to the low abdomen after they’ve transferred the embryo(s).
5. 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.
6. AVOID HIGH-IMPACT EXERCISE AND HEAVY LIFTING
High-impact exercise, such as running, jars the uterus and can displace it or make the supportive muscles weaker. Heavy lifting causes a down-bearing strain on the uterus and surrounding muscles and ligaments. Proper alignment of the uterus and surrounding muscles help to secure an embryo in the womb during implantation and the duration of the pregnancy. Avoid these types of exercise during stimulation, retrieval or post-transfer.
When your doctor approves exercise, we recommend walks and gentle stretching.
7. TRY ACUPUNTURE
Studies have proven that having one session of acupuncture before embryo transfer and one after transfer increases the success rates significantly. Acupuncture boosts circulation to the uterus and prevent spasm, as well as help embryo development and implantation.
Acupuncture can be used throughout the duration of your IVF/FET cycle, as well as to support the early stages of the pregnancy.