Covid-19 has turned the world upside down, especially for the expecting mothers. Pregnancy is a phase full of turbulent emotions while the body experiences immense transitions and adapts to the needs of the foetus. In the case of an IVF pregnancy, the chances of uncertainty are even higher owing to the process and treatment for implanting fertilised eggs in the body.
In the current scenario when the second wave of COVID is at its peak, it is necessary to take every possible precaution. The new virulent strain seems to affect the respiratory system harder in some pregnant women. Taking necessary precautions, vaccination and medical care can help avoid the risk of COVID in IVF pregnancies.
One must also avoid believing in whatever information is available online. Take your doctor’s advice and adhere to it. A healthy IVF pregnancy comes from informed and healthful decisions. Here are some important points by Preeti Agarwal, Co-Founder, Crysta IVF that you must know especially in these testing times amid the surge in Covid-19 cases–
Manage your weight before getting started— Being overweight or underweight is a detrimental factor for women planning to start their IVF journey.
Fitness is the key: a healthy baby begins with a healthy Mom— By being fit you can increase your odds of IVF success and combat diseases like diabetes, etc.
Cut down on caffeine— Before getting started with IVF treatment, it is important to keep a check on your caffeine intake.
Age is an important factor to consider— For those planning to get pregnant via IVF treatments, they should consider age as one of the most dominant factors.
Stress can take a toll on your fertility— Although it may seem to be overwhelming to keep mental stress at bay before or during IVF, dealing with stress is an important factor to consider while planning for IVF treatment.
Work on sperm health— Emphasize on your sperm health by keeping a check on your nutrition levels and sperm production. Men also need to maintain their BMI before IVF treatment.
Make sure you aren’t deficient— Consult your fertility doctor before getting started with IVF procedures to check if you have any deficiency of necessary vitamins and nutrients. Start taking supplements according to your fertility health.