How to Have a Healthy Pregnancy after Infertility
Getting pregnant after infertility can be an overwhelmingly joyous experience. It can also be a time of stress, anxiety, worry and overwhelming fear.
Women who get pregnant after dealing with infertility go to great lengths to have the healthiest pregnancy possible. Read on for some tips on how to make your pregnancy after infertility the healthiest that it can be.
After you get pregnant through IVF or another fertility treatment, you will most likely go back to your regular gynecologist or OBGYN for the duration of your pregnancy.
However, you might find that a high risk doctor is a better choice for you. Take your time and really research your doctor before choosing one to support you through your entire pregnancy. This is a very important decision, so don’t take it lightly.
When you are pregnant after infertility, you already know just how precious that is. Pregnancy after infertility means not taking any risks unless absolutely needed. That means stop smoking if you are a smoker, and avoid secondhand smoke if you aren’t.
Don’t drink alcohol or use illegal drugs either. These things, as you know, can harm your pregnancy. It is also a good idea to eat a healthy diet for as much of your pregnancy as you possibly can, just to make sure to nourish your body properly.
Try to avoid any risky activities, such as dangerous exercise routines, etc. If you do experience large amounts of anxiety or fear during your pregnancy, it might be a good idea to talk to a counselor or therapist about how you can move past those negative feelings and focus on the good parts of your pregnancy.
Whatever you do during your pregnancy, make sure that you take the time to DO the right things. That includes taking a daily prenatal vitamin to help keep your baby growing and thriving, and seeking regular prenatal care so that your doctor can monitor your progress.
Make sure to get enough sleep and do whatever you can to minimize the stress in your life throughout the duration of your pregnancy. Drink enough water and make sure to avoid processed foods, junk foods, and “empty calories”. Do whatever you can possibly do to make your pregnancy a healthy and happy one.
When you have worked extremely hard to get pregnant, you want to go above and beyond to do your best and make sure that your entire pregnancy is healthy.
Dr. Lynette Weiss is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician and Scientific Director. She is certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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