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Tough Pill(s) to Swallow

July 24, 2014

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Does this look familiar? Pills and lots of them. Gabe and I are still moving forward with adoption, but we’ve also decided to do whatever we can to improve the quality of my eggs.  Voila…here’s $130 worth of supplements and vitamins from Whole Foods. I consider myself a pretty healthy person to start with, but some Doctors believe that there are certain things you can do that will actually make your eggs better, which means a greater chance of either getting pregnant on our own or succeeding in IVF. We got the majority of information on how to improve egg quality from 3 sources.

First the embryologist who biopsied our embryos in the last round of IVF, recommended 4 things-more sleep, more water, vitamin E and vitamin C. The water and vitamins are an easy fix. Done and done. For the first time in 10 years I am not on a schedule that wakes me up at 3:00 am or some ungodly hour. When I was on that schedule I would sleep maybe 4 to 6 hours a night, not enough I know. I’ve never been bothered by my sleep deprivation, but apparently my little eggs are. So now I make an effort to get 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night.

Secondly, we researched the findings of Doctor Schoolcraft of Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine. He is one of the premiere fertility specialists in the country. His name may sound familiar because that where my bff (in my head) Giuliana and her husband Bill went to conceive their baby Duke. He recommends a “Fertility Cocktail” of supplements for women about to undergo IVF. While he is not actually our Doctor, I strongly believe in his findings.

Lastly, several people suggested I read a book called “It Starts With the Egg” by Rebecca Fett.  This author had difficulty conceiving so she went on a journey to discover how to help her eggs. She was so fascinated with her findings that she wrote a book about it.  The book has different recommendations for different women (and men) based on your fertility situation. Fett also believes that the best way to increase your fertility is by reducing your exposure to harmful toxins. There is just so much we have to learn.

In addition to these new approaches, I am continuing to eat healthy, especially those greens, skip on the coffee and keep my mind in a good place. Basically treat my body as if I’m already preggo. So here’s to hoping my eggs like this new fancy schmancy attention. I guess we’ll find out in a few months when we try IVF one more time. Fingers (and toes) crossed.

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