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Precautions to be taken after IVF procedure

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Once your IVF treatment is done, you need to follow certain precautions for a successful IVF treatment. Keep yourself away from junk food, smoking and alcohol. Avoid any strenuous activities as well as sexual intercourse for at least a period of 30 days. Take an ample amount of sleep along with lot of water.

Beneficial Precaution to be taken after IVF treatment for mother and baby health: 

  1. Avoid strenuous activities
  2. Eat healthy
  3. Stay away from smoking
  4. Avoid caffeine
  5. Adopt stress free living
  6. Avoid intercourse
  7. Take sleep a priority
  8. Adopt a positive lifestyle
  9. Avoid consuming drugs
  10. Take progesterone
  11. Do moderate exercises
  12. Do not Skip Meals

IVF procedure is one of the most delicate procedures in the medical field especially in the field of gynecology. The success of an IVF procedure is dependent on several factors including the diet and lifestyle of the women even before commencing the IVF treatment. Therefore, a lady needs to take care of several factors, which are closely associated with the success of the pregnancy cases. After the completion and success of the IVF procedure, it is essential that the woman adopt some of the precautions as advised by the concerned gynecologist. This will prevent any kind of negative effects on the body of the woman as well as the health of the baby.

Here is a list of the precautions after IVF treatment which prove to be useful for the baby as well as the health of a mother:

1. Avoid strenuous activities

Strenuous exercises can cause harmful affect on the body of a woman who has undergone IVF treatment. You need to make sure that even unknowingly you must not indulge in the activities, which require a lot of body strength and force. You should make it a point to avoid the heavy weight exercises or heavy lifting of objects.

2. Eat healthy

You need to create a focus that you do not indulge in any kind of junk food after IVF treatment. It is strictly advised that you follow a balanced and nutritious diet routine and consume healthy foods. This includes avocados, non-caffeinated green tea, nuts, green leafy vegetables and mono-saturated based fruits. Also, make sure that you consume the required levels of the dairy products like milk, Greek yogurt to reap the benefits of these products during pregnancy.

3. Stay away from smoking

Every individual knows that smoking is injurious to health. It is essential that if you have successfully accomplished the in vitro fertilization procedure, then you need to be extra careful with your habits especially with regards to the smoking habits. If you have difficulty in getting rid from your smoking habit, then you can consult a doctor to help you.

stay away from smoking

Proper counseling sessions are carried out with the woman and her partner to get rid of this habit from the normal routine on a permanent basis.

4. Avoid caffeine

Are you a coffee addict? It’s time to opt for an alternative healthy drink. Excess consumption of caffeine is found to reduce the chances of getting pregnant to almost half than that of the individuals who do not consume caffeine in any form. If you are a coffee lover, then you can create a taste from some healthy juices like orange juices and eventually get rid of coffee addiction. Caffeine based drinks need to be replaced with non-caffeine drinks. This will ensure that you have fair chances of successful pregnancy after the completion of IVF treatment.

5. Adopt stress free living

Sounds puzzling? It’s quite simple. You just need to focus on living a peaceful life and stay away from any kind of stress sources. You can consult your concerned gynecologist and take references regarding the best type of solution for de-stressing your life. It is important that you opt for a long-term solution rather than opting for an easy and short-term solution. You can join some kind of meditation classes specialized for the pregnant women or women who have just completed IVF treatment.

stress free living

The best way is to find some pregnant women or women who have undergone IVF treatment and create a group for de-stressing activities.

6. Avoid intercourse

After the successful completion of IVF procedure, it is important that a woman and her partner take a firm decision of avoiding intercourse. You can consult your gynecologist and follow the instructions of the gynecologist. You can proceed with the intercourse activities once you get a green signal from your concerned gynecologist.

7. Make sleep a priority

Doctors usually recommend sleep as a crucial aspect for the healthy living. Sleep ensures that the body receives the right amount of rest on a daily basis. It is essential that you opt for a system, which will help you to fall asleep at the same time on a regular basis. It is recommended that the women who have undergone IVF treatments should sleep around 10 pm. This helps the body to recover from the tiredness and the loss of energy, which occurred throughout the day.

make sleep priority

8. Adopt a positive lifestyle

Every woman who has successfully completed an IVF treatment needs to make sure that she adopts a positive lifestyle. You can also hire a motivational coach for the purpose of providing the path of positive living.

9. Avoid consuming drugs

Self-medication should be avoided at every cost after the successful completion of in vitro fertilization treatment. Taking any kind of wrong treatment can hinder or reduce your chances of getting pregnant after the completion of IVF procedure. If you feel any kind of discomfort or minor health issues, then you should never start self-medication course. It is recommended that you should consult your gynecologist right away for the medication of respective ailment.

10. Take progesterone

A woman who is planning to conceive needs to understand some basics regarding the use of supplements for successful pregnancy and delivery of the baby. Progesterone is one of the supplements, which is required to be taken after embryo transfer in IVF treatment. It helps in thickening of the uterus lining, hence making the pregnancy sustainable and viable.

take progesterone

The concerned gynecologist is responsible to determine the required doses and time period of the progesterone supplement for the woman undergoing IVF treatment. The time period for which progesterone is prescribed varies with the type of case and hormonal levels in the body. Your gynecologist may provide you with the doses of progesterone via oral route, vaginal route or even in the intramuscular manner. It can be given in the form of injections also.

11. Do moderate exercises

You need to create a routine, which ensures that your body spends energy productively. This can be successfully done with the help of light exercises like walking. You can get recommendations from your gynecologist for the time period for which you need to perform light activities on a daily basis. Yoga sessions, which are de-stressing, can be performed on a regular basis. You just need to make sure that you do not adopt any kind of advanced or modern era yoga postures, which might put pressure on your stomach or other body parts.

12. Do not Skip Meals

Any meal for the day should not be avoided or skipped. Moreover, you should have your food on the same time for each day. Timely consumption of the food ensures that food is digested properly. Proper digestion of food saves one from the problems of bloating and gastric issues, which are generally heightened after IVF process.

Follow these tips to help you in following a wonderful trip after IVF procedure. You can surely see fruitful improvements in your body after following these precautions that ultimately progresses into a successful pregnancy.

Dr. Aanchal Agarwal

About The Author

Obstetrician Dr. Aanchal Agarwal
Delhi

Dr. Aanchal Agarwal is an infertility specialist and gynecologist who has graduated MBBS from University of Delhi in 2001 and then pursued DGO from University of Delhi in 2004. Dr. Aanchal specializes in treating patients with IVF, IUI, High-risk pregnancy care and Normal vaginal delivery procedures. Dr. Aanchal Agarwal is at present practicing at BLK Super Speciality Hospital, Pusa Road, Delhi. You can find more information on elawoman.com

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Arvind Agrawal

My wife had a smoking habit and maybe that was why we were not able to conceive even after multiple tries. After realizing the effects of smoking after IVF procedure she has quit smoking. We are now going through our 3rd IVF treatment cycle. Hopefully, this time she will be able to conceive.

Sept. 30, 2018, 10:10 a.m. 4.5

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Aman Pandey

This article can really make a difference in the lives of the patient who have gone through IVF. Eating healthy and being positive are the best factors for successful treatment and a successful life as well.

July 22, 2018, 8:42 p.m. 5.0

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Preeti Chabra

In my experience, the advice and recommendations given in this article do help the patients who have gone through IVF treatment. I can say this because my sister has also gone through IVF treatment and she has followed the advice given in this article after her treatment.

June 17, 2018, 5:21 p.m. 5.0

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Shambhavi Jain

Following IVF precautions sometimes could be the key to success. Witnessed during a friend's IVF treatment.

June 4, 2018, 5:11 p.m. 5.0

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Dhanva Sunil Pandugrang

My doctor recommended me bed rest.

May 13, 2018, 10:12 p.m. 4.5

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