Preparing for Egg Donation Treatment: 6 Tips for Your Body & Mind
I am incredibly grateful that I was able to fall pregnant quickly. But have too many friends not in the same fortunate position. If I think about it probably 30-40% of my friends have had trouble conceiving, or suffered from miscarriages or have gone for IVF. This is a powerful guest post with some effective ways to prepare your body for egg donation.
Before You Begin
Before you begin your egg donation journey it is a good idea to ensure your health is in top condition for embryo transfer and pregnancy. Such preparation may involve diet and lifestyle overhaul or relaxation therapies. Apart from medication prescribed by your doctor (usually these are drugs to improve your endometrium lining thickness), it is generally recommended to take pre-conception vitamins and supplements such as folic acid. However, always check with your fertility doctor if the supplements you are planning on taking do not interfere with any medications you need for your egg donation treatment.
The period of preparation can be both stressful and exciting and may involve a rollercoaster of emotions. However, try to stay positive and take each day at a time and your body will thank you later. Here are a bunch of tips that will help you get ready for the process.
Let go of stress
If you work full-time and you are preparing for egg donation treatment, find some me-time in your busy schedule. You do not have to splash out on expensive spa trips or luxurious 2-week stay in the Maldives. Think about the little things that help you to relieve stress on a daily basis. A bubble bath with your favourite music, a massage by your partner, playing with your pets, or cosy night in with close friends, cake and a good movie. Do not feel guilty about thinking about your needs and try to find some time every day, even 30 minutes, to help reduce the stress hormones.
Upgrade your diet
Food is your fuel and will help build you healthier body for the time of embryo transfer and your pregnancy. Healthy diet and lifestyle can also help with the implantation success rate. Trade unhealthy mid-day snacks like crisps or chocolate bars for healthier alternatives. Reach for nuts or seasonal fruits whenever you feel peckish. Look for new recipes for healthy snacks, for example these delicious honey, peanut & coconut energy balls – trying something new can be fun! Eat foods that are rich in iron, calcium, vitamins D, C, and folic acid, for example red meat, leafy veggies, some fish, beans, avocados, berries. Do not avoid healthy fats; you can find them in nuts, olives, nuts and fish. Consider limiting your caffeine intake, although it is OK to have a cuppa a day.
Find out more about egg donation
If you are new to egg donation treatment, do not be afraid to ask questions and look for information from reliable sources. If you are still hesitating between egg donation options (frozen cycle, fresh cycle, exclusive donor, shared donor, day 5 or day 3 embryo transfer, etc.), look for more information on free support websites for patients like eggdonationfriends.com. Chat with or speak to patient coordinators who will help you understand the process and recommend useful materials (articles and webinars with doctors to watch).
Try a therapy
If you think complementary therapies are for you, you can try acupuncture, massage therapy visit a nutritionist or dietitian that specialize in fertility patients. Some IVF patients find therapies like these very useful in destressing and keeping them well-balanced: mentally and spiritually.
Declutter your home and mind
Clutter at home may cause anxiety and a feeling of being overwhelmed by tasks or life. There is no room for such negativity in your life when preparing for your egg donation journey, journey to new life, motherhood. Starting from your desk, through your bra drawer, and boxes in your storage, chuck away the unnecessary things, stay organized and focused on your everyday tasks. Clean and free space around you will help you feel ‘lighter’ and more in control of your life.
Get in shape
Whether you are a gym fan or not, it is undoubtedly true that a bit of cardio every day brings you great health benefits. Exercise will give you more energy and help shed the extra pounds – staying fit will also help you in your fertility journey and treatment. You may find it difficult to find time for exercise in your busy schedule, however, it is worth to prioritise here. Aerobics or yoga can help boost blood circulation, keep your joints healthy and flexible and strengthen your pelvic floor. Staying in shape and working out gives you not only physical benefits. It boosts your mood and reduces stress. This is exactly what you need at this time of your life.
Remember to consult your fertility doctor when it comes to the supplements taken, diet and exercise and you are on the right track to almost stress-free journey to motherhood.
This is a collaborative post.