Having a biological child at some point in life is a dream of many couples. Some become parents within a year without any issues but some may have to wait longer to achieve this dream. IVF (In-vitro fertilization) is a boon to such couples wherein the male or female partner or both face infertility issues. Many couples lose hope and give up the idea of parenthood but technology and innovations in reproductive medicine have helped many couples realise their dream of becoming parents.
Dr. Durga Rao Co-Founder and Medical Director, Oasis Fertility, told HerZindagi "If you don’t conceive within a year, you should consult a fertility specialist and get ready for your parenthood journey. Normal pregnancy itself creates a sense of fear and anxiety and women get even more tensed if it’s an IVF pregnancy. But if you have clarity on what to do and what not to do, nothing can stop you from becoming a mother through IVF. A lot of care and love goes into the making of a baby. Isn't it? There are a few important things that one has to follow to have a happy and healthy IVF pregnancy."
How To Achieve A Healthy IVF Pregnancy?
For any woman, pregnancy is a roller coaster ride. From the day of witnessing 2 lines on the pregnancy dip test to every other day till the baby is out to see the world, a mom-to-be goes through a series of emotions. Few tips and precautions can make your motherhood journey less stressful and more enjoyable.
Have A Balanced Diet
The little one in your tummy needs a healthy meal, right? Include protein, vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates in your diet. Let us take a quick look at the kind of foods you should have during IVF pregnancy.
- Milk, yogurt, and other foods that provide a lot of calcium
- Dark green leafy vegetables, beans, peas that are rich in folate
- Berries that are a good source of Vitamin C
Talk to your doctor and also start consuming prenatal vitamins.
Say Bye-Bye To Smoking And Alcohol
Smoking and alcohol consumption during pregnancy can have severe consequences on your little one leading to preterm birth or miscarriage. Quit these habits to give a nourishing environment to your child in the womb.
No OTC Medications
It is better not to take any unprescribed drugs during pregnancy as it may affect the baby in the womb. Always consult a doctor before taking any kind of medication.
If you have severe abdominal pain or bleeding, and also if your vaginal discharge is in unusual colour and smells bad, get in touch with your doctor immediately.
Say No To Stress
Mood swings, tension, and stress can cause your BP to shoot up and can affect the baby in the womb as well. Calm down with music, yoga, swimming.
Get More Sleep
Fewer hours of sleep can result in many complications including gestational diabetes, C-Section, or miscarriage. This is not to frighten you. But try to have 6 to 8 hours of sleep daily that can keep you happy and healthy.
Keep Your Weight In Check
Maintaining a healthy body weight is very much essential. If you put on too much weight, you may get into some other health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.
Enjoy the process of motherhood and stay happy for a healthy pregnancy and safe labor. Get started on your IVF pregnancy with confidence and courage.
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