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What should I do to ensure a healthy IVF pregnancy?

The primary weeks of pregnancy are the most crucial phase for every would-be mother which demands special care in order to have a successful IVF pregnancy. This care becomes more crucial when the baby is developed through fertility treatment procedures like IVF, IUI or ICSI. This is because it has been an extremely difficult job for the intended parents and they cannot afford to lose this golden chance of becoming parents.

Not only IVF pregnancies even normal pregnancies are vulnerable in the first few weeks. This is why; all pregnant mothers are advised to go in for regular follow-ups with the obstetrician and checkups to ensure that all is going well. After 2 months of pregnancy, ultrasound and scans are conducted for the patient that enables the doctor to determine the condition, position and heartbeat of the baby.

Infertility patients have an advantage that they are constantly monitored throughout their IVF treatment by skilled experts. Being under constant supervision and surveillance is beneficial for reduced pregnancy complications. Furthermore, staying in regular touch with the doctor keeps the would-be mother aware of the minutest symptoms and helps early detection of factors that may pose a threat to pregnancy.

Tips for prospective mothers:

1) If you experience any unfavorable symptoms, inform your doctor immediately. Apart from medical care, personal care should also be taken care of. Having a nutritious diet full of vitamins, minerals, calcium, and iron will do good to you and your baby. Refraining from unhealthy habits like smoking, alcohol or caffeinated products is advised.

2) In addition, pay special attention to your body. If you feel weak, tired or lethargic, take a nap as and when required to refresh yourself during the exhausting weeks of pregnancy.

3) Any small episodes of bleeding along with spotting, cramps or lower abdomen pain should be noted and reported to your obstetrician immediately. However, if mild spotting (implantation bleeding) is observed in the first few weeks of pregnancy, it should be watched carefully and if it’s repeated, then follow up with your doctor.

4) Avoid having intercourse throughout IVF pregnancy, especially in early pregnancy weeks.

5) If you are very cautious about your pregnancy, wait until your first antenatal scan is done. An antenatal scan helps in examining your baby’s heartbeat rate, detection of chromosomal abnormalities (Down syndrome), development of the baby, images of the gestational sac, ovaries, and possibility of miscarriage.

6) In the first trimester, eat small frequent meals instead of 3 large ones to avoid morning sickness. Drink plenty of fruit juices and coconut water for proper hydration.

7) You can do yoga, meditation or breathing exercises to keep you active throughout the day.