Preparing for IVF
Preparing for IVF was nothing close to easy. As I explained in “Our Story” I knew it was going to be a challenge for me to give myself shots every day, let alone try not to think about how the process could and would end. I knew no matter what I had to stay positive and be strong.
Some things I did that I found helpful for myself were,
Find a Doctor… do your research. Some people like myself are lucky enough to have an IVF Center near by and others have to drive or fly hours away. Money can be an issue but just remember that having the best and feeling comfortable with your nurses and Doctor is most important. You have to feel taken care of and important. I highly recommend Northern California Fertility Medical Center in Roseville. I worked with most all their doctors and every one was amazing. The nurses were helpful every step, they made me feel safe and important. They took their time with each visit to make sure I was aware of everything and never felt rushed or unsure of any procedure or meds I would be taking. All the staff was friendly and welcoming.
Support… I talked to my husband, my family and some friends about things I was feeling. I found support groups on Facebook. I spoke with my nurse when I had concerns. Your doctors office should also give you a list of support groups that you can use as well. Making sure you have a way to deal with your emotions during this journey is a major key.
Acupuncture… I went to East West Acupuncture by Roxanne in Roseville, Ca and she used her knowledge to prepare my body for fertilization and pregnancy, while at the same time I was able to relax and just focus on the important things.
Stress Free… Find an outlet to stay stress free. If that’s working out, meditating, working or not working, whatever it is do it. Staying stress free is another important factor on having a healthy and clear mind while you prepare for the process or going through the process.