My top 10 tips for surviving IVF

I thought I would share with you how I’ve got through this (in the absence of wine! ha ha). Hope they are helpful and tell you something you don’t already know.

1. Acupuncture – weekly then twice weekly. Find a clinic that specialises in IVF. My experience was that the acupuncture almost completely eliminated any side effects. Read here for more info.

2. Yoga – if you’re a fitness junkie who likes to flog your body doing cardio, I reckon it’s time to be kind to yourself (see point 5). Yoga allows you to flex and strengthen not just your body but your mind. You mind being your greatest asset or worst enemy, sometimes simultaneously. The stillness and focus that comes from a yoga practice can help you recognise this. And ooh it’s good to stretch and work those joints if you are still feeling some side effects despite having acupuncture.

3. Meditation – by continually bringing your mind back to the “now”, you access calm and quiet, free from anticipation of the future and memories of the past. I also use it for goal-setting – visualising exactly what I want (while calm and relaxed) and then sending that intention to god/the universe/the field of all possibility (whatever appeals to you) to sort it out. Then let go of the attachment to the outcome.

4. Rest – lots

5. Be kind to yourself, even treat yourself to a pampering. Recognise that yes, you do have  a lot going on right now, so it’s not the time to be running marathons/ moving/putting in long hours at the office/helping out friends who won’t help themselves/keeping the house in perfect order… or whatever else takes you away from yourself. Have a massage, go to a yoga class (see point 2), go for a walk in nature.

6. Someone to offload to – your partner, or if you’re doing this solo like me, a sympathetic friend. Support is crucial.

7.  Lots of healthy food – I read a book called The Fertility Diet by Sarah Dobbyn which I found very useful. Not that I followed every one of her rules but it’s still good to keep in the back of your mind.

8. Remember your life outside of IVF.

9. Stay positive. No point otherwise.

10. I’m going to go all yoga on you again and say, “Tapas, swadhyaya, isvara pranidhana” which roughly translates (or the way I have learnt it anyway) as do all you can, gain as much self knowledge as you can, but know that sometimes, you have to surrender to a higher power. And I know that’s a hard one.

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8 responses to “My top 10 tips for surviving IVF

  1. I greatly appreciate all the info I’ve read here. I will spread the word about your blog to other people. Cheers.
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  2. I love reading your blog. I’m on the Lupron shot now and starting IVF in the Spring. How many times a week did you do Yoga? I go once a week now, but I’m wondering if I should learn to do it at home so I can do it more often. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Again, thank you for your blog.

    • Hi Laura, thank you!
      When I was going through IVF, I would go to a yoga class about 3 times a week, and also do some poses at home, but not really a full practice, just poses that made my body feel good, like stretching my hamstrings, doing twists, stretching my shoulders. I would also do little stretches at my desk. Being aware of your breathing always helps too – it brings you back to the present moment.
      I would also do some restorative poses at home – if you can get to a yoga studio, see if they offer restorative classes – they are so wonderful! There are plenty of yoga dvds and I think there’s also a lot of yoga online now too, which makes it so easy to practice at home.

      Good luck and I do hope for IVF success for you!
      x

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