PLEASE NOTE: If you are struggling with infertility or are currently trying to conceive and you DON'T want to read about my pregnancy (which I totally understand), I recommend starting at the beginning of the blog (March 2010) and reading from there. I find out I'm pregnant in June 2011 so there is a lot of trying to conceive posts in between that you might find funny, helpful or relatable. Wishing you all the luck in the world!

What I Did On My Successful IVF

I can't help but think of the scene in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN right now where Gene Wilder's character, Frederick, finds and reads through his grandfather's book about his theories and experiments that's entitled, "HOW I DID IT".

The thing is that similar to Dr. Frankenstein, I'm not sure all of my theories and experiments actually worked... but since I've received a great many emails asking me what I did on my third IVF that I think made it successful, I wanted to include a page here on my blog that people could read.

So, that being said, I REALLY don't know if any of this made the difference or if it was just the fact that it was my third time up at bat. Still, these are the facts and it's up to you (and your doctor if you'd like to run it by him or her) if you'd like to try them.

With respect to the period where you're injecting hormones and being monitored, my personal advice is to drink lots of water (to stay hydrated, healthy and flush toxins out), keep your schedule light (you never know how you're going to feel so I think it's best to keep your schedule flexible so you can do what you feel), rest (as your body is working overtime) and do whatever you think will help you stay sane. I used to watch a lot of GOLDEN GIRLS, read trashy novels, get a manicure, etc. Anything simple to keep me happy and positive.

The overall mantra should be, "What do I need to do today to stay sane?" You'll find asking yourself that question is to keep you grounded, to do only what you need to do and avoid overwhelming yourself. Well, at least that's what it did for me. :)

Many have asked me about acupuncture so I just want to quickly give my thoughts on that. I did acupuncture all through my three IVF's. On IVF #1 and IVF #2, I even had acupuncture the day of my transfer. For IVF #3, the ONLY reason I did not do acupuncture the day of my transfer was because my acupuncturist was on vacation. This of course was the IVF that was successful. So, my opinion is that it's very relaxing, if you want to do it - you should, but is it absolutely necessary? Probably not.

And on that exact note, below are the things I did on the IVF that was successful. Like acupuncture, I don't think these are necessarily dire and some of them may just be wild theories but again, these are the things I did differently on the IVF that worked so if you're interested... here they are:

1. Keep your feet warm from the day of transfer through your two week wait. I wore socks as much as possible.

2. Laugh as much as possible right after your transfer (it allegedly helps with implantation): http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/jan/13/pregnancy-ivf-comedy-laughter-clown

3. Eat pineapple core. Here is a link of instructions I followed: http://www.amandabears.com/pineapple-core-for-implantation.html

4. Lastly, and this may sound very Tim Burton, THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, but I visualized literally sewing the embryo into my uterus. I would imagine it stitch by stitch, carefully keeping it in place. Again, I'm sure it sounded odd but my hope was not only just to use it as a meditation but that perhaps visualizing sewing it in would actually make it implant.
 
Wishing you ALL the luck and happiness in the world!!!