Stay Well This Winter

ivf advice

When you’re trying to conceive, it’s really important to make sure you’re fit and healthy. However, when the cold, harsh winter weather arrives, it can prove problematic. Not only do the cold nights and dull days make it more difficult to eat healthier, but they also bring another potential hazard – viruses.

Winter is commonly referred to as cold and flu season. The trouble is, if you do get ill while you’re trying to conceive, whether naturally or via fertility treatments, your success rate is going to drop significantly.

The good news is, there are ways you can protect yourself this winter. Below, you’ll discover some of the top ways to stay well this winter and boost your chances of conception.

IVF Advice: Be wary of getting a flu shot

Flu vaccinations are a great way to protect yourself against seasonal illnesses, but what about if you’re trying to conceive? There’s a lot of conflicting advice surrounding whether flu shots can hamper your chances of getting pregnant or not, so it can be difficult to know what to believe.

On the whole, flu vaccinations are recommended by the NHS; particularly for pregnant women. However, if you do a little research, some vaccinations contain the virus known as H1N1. This has been linked to miscarriages and there’s been talk that it could be used in this winter’s vaccinations. Therefore, it is highly recommended you talk to your doctor or fertility specialist before getting a flu vaccination, just to be on the safe side.

IVF Advice: Maintain a healthy diet

It may be more difficult to stick to a healthy diet in winter, but doing so is vital to your chances of conception. There are plenty of comforting healthy foods you can indulge in during the colder months, it’s just a matter of finding new, delicious and healthy recipes.

Eating a nutritious, healthy diet in winter helps to prevent illness, while also helping to fight off a cold or flu faster if it does develop. Focus on getting your five  portions of fruit and vegetables each day and avoid overindulging in Christmas treats.

It may be tough to resist temptation, but you just need to remind yourself why you’re doing it. A healthy diet plays a huge role in fertility so maintaining a healthy diet is essential.

IVF Advice: Keep yourself active

Equally as important as diet is exercise. When it’s super-cold outside, the last thing you feel like doing is exercising. However, keeping active will also boost your chances of conception, as well as help to keep the immune system strong.

If your usual exercise routine consists of getting outdoors, why not mix it up and sign up to indoor classes?

Does season really affect IVF chances?

Numerous studies have been conducted over the years to determine whether seasons do have an impact on IVF success rates. One study conducted in 2010, revealed patients have an increased chance of success with IVF in the spring.

However, the reasons why different seasons may affect IVF success is still relatively unknown. What is known, is that winter can be a tough season for those undergoing fertility treatments. The advice above will help you to increase your chances of success, but above all else, it’s the holidays so don’t forget to relax and enjoy it!