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All kinds of factors influence your chance of being successful at IVF your age and your partner's, the reason for your infertility, and whether you have had a child before or not are just some of them.

The way in which you prepare your body before undergoing IVF treatment is another factor, and perhaps the only one you can control completely. What can you do to prepare your body for IVF? 

Nutrition

Proper nutrition is important for everyone who is hoping to get pregnant, and couples who are hoping to have a baby with the help of invitro fertilization are no different. If you have any nutritional deficiencies something you can find out with a simple blood test it is ideal to take action several months before your first IVF cycle.

Many vitamins and minerals have a cumulative effect inside the body, which means they need time to start working.

Folic acid, a B vitamin, is particularly important for the conception process. Folic acid increases the chances of getting pregnant in both men and women. Folic acid has also been proven to reduce the chance of neural tube defects significantly, so this is definitely a must for anyone who is hoping to have a baby. Multivitamin supplements are, of course, no substitute for healthy eating.

Couples who are preparing for IVF should take extra care of their diet junk foods, high in sugars and trans fats and low in vitamins and minerals, damage your health. With that, your chances of succeeding at fertility treatment will also be reduced.

Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, pulses and legumes, as well as meat and dairy if you are not a vegan or vegetarian.

Exercise

Being fit and in shape definitely gives you the edge over an obese couch potato when it comes to IVF the same is true for any other person trying to get pregnant. While you are preparing for your IVF cycle, you should be taking it easy though. Continuing your usual exercise routine is normally fine, as long as you are not a workout junkie.

Boosting your levels of physical activity is not at all recommended during IVF. Couples trying to get pregnant through IVF should also refrain from one other physical activity, sex, starting two days before the egg retrieval procedure. In most cases, couples will be asked to steer clear from intercourse until the time comes to see if you achieved pregnancy successfully.

Stress relief

Is there a link between stress and pregnancy success rates, including IVF successfully? Science doesn't have a real answer to this question yet. Some studies do suggest that IVF success rates go down with a lot of stress. That may or may not be true, but one thing is clear stress is an unpleasant factor in your life that you would rather do without.

There is no doubt that IVF in itself is immensely stressful. Be careful, because events like these do have the potential to cause relationship problems, and even trigger divorce in some couples. Both partners should ideally work on finding a stress relief method that works for them personally, to cope with the huge amount of stress that they will inevitably be exposed to during an IVF cycle.

Walking, yoga, scrapbooking, writing, boxing, golf, reading, knitting and talking to your partner are all things that work for some people. One thing that never works is pretending the stress isn't there. If you are unsure how to cope with the stress of IVF, as well as the disappointment that you may have to face, if your IVF cycle doesn't succeed.

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