One of the most important things to think about when you are planning IVF is to take the opportunity to make sure your own health is as good as it can be. A healthy mum is the first step to improving success rates and having a healthy baby. Take the chance to ensure that your diet is healthy and that you are a healthy weight, aiming for a body mass index (BMI) in the normal range; less than 25 is normal. Also the fitter you are, the better your body will cope with the changes that are ahead. We know that women who are a healthy weight are much less likely than overweight women to suffer complications such as high blood pressure, diabetes and babies that are either too big or too small. Your body will also get back to normal more quickly after having a baby too. It is also important to make sure you are taking folic acid to reduce the risks of baby not developing normally. It is recommended that women planning to get pregnant take folic acid for at least 3 months before conceiving. It is also a good idea to take vitamin D, especially in the winter months, and make sure that vaccinations are up to date, especially Rubella vaccine found in the MMR injection. If you have had any significant medical problems in the past, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, it is vital that you meet with a doctor before conceiving to make sure that all issues and medicines can be discussed and planned for the pregnancy.
Once you are pregnant, it is likely that the first few weeks will be an anxious time. Many women benefit from the extra support that regular visits to a midwife or doctor that you know can bring. You should ensure that you continue to eat healthily and continue any medications or supplements that have been recommended. Many women find additional scans reassuring together with the opportunity to discuss concerns and answer questions. Although IVF can be a difficult time, many women go on to have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies and the opportunity to plan certainly can help achieve this.