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Hi all

Well, its finally happened, after 2 years of trying to get pregnant, 9 rounds on max dose Clomid, I've been referred to IVF.  All sounds horrendous and very stressful.  Have decided I need to take matters into my own hands too and get my body as geared up for conception as I can.  Anyone got any advice on nutritionalists, reflexologists and acupuncture in the Bournemouth area?

I've only just moved to the coast from London so really  have no idea where to start looking......

Any help you can give me would be brilliant.

Thanks
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Hi Cat

Welcome to FF!

Wishing you success with the IVF.  While you are waiting to start, you are more than welcome to join the Chitter Chatters thread on the Club House board.

Laine x
 

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Hi Cat,

Sorry I cant help you with contacts in Bournemouth, but I just wanted to say hello and wish you lots of luck.

Love Olwen xx
 

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Hiya Cat

I start my first IVF next Monday & I am full of mixed emotions!!! Sorry can't help you with the Bournemouth are as I am a Midlander but be careful. I have stopped refexology & aromatherapy as a GP friend said it could interfere with the cycle. I am usually fit mad & was told to keep exercise to the minimum & to put on weight, even though I would consider myself average 5ft 5 " & 10stone as apparently the hormones are attracted to the fat hence better chance!! Can't say I am complianing eating all the chocs from Xmas but very unlike me really-suppose should live it up!!

Best of luck anyway

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Hi there Mary

Thats interesting news from your GP friend.  I wasn't really convinced after my consultation that I should be going for aromatherapy or reflexology.  Am just not sure that it works.  maybe if it doesn't work out this time I'd consider for next time, we'll see.

Am really pleased about the chocolates though - great news, we need never feel guilty again!

Hope all works out well for you on Monday
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I tried reflexology and acupuncture and found it didnt help at all.  However a friend of mine with lots of hormone related problems swears that it helped her fall pregnant.  She also had chinese herbs.

But you shouldnt do any of the above while you are taking drugs for IVF.  My husband and I also take Zita West vitamins.  You can buy them on line.  Good luck.  M
 

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Hi Cat,

I eat a mostly organic diet, stopped drinking (tough!!) and cut out caffeine, ate more fruit, veg, nuts, seeds and pulses.  I would recommend you give this a go, I feel much better anyway for doing it, and I am sure I am getting fewer side effects from treatment.  My 2nd tx went better than my first when I changed my diet, stopped drinking alcohol (except occasionally) and stopped caffeine (except chocolate!!).  My skin and hair are in better shape if nothing else!
If you have trouble getting organic fruit and veg or find it expensive, try including just a few, eg. carrots which are more easily available.  Or you could try an organic box delivery scheme - do a google search and you will find several - I use www.abel-cole.co.uk
Anyway a good book to read (which isn't actually fertility related!) is by Jane Clarke, who is, I think an excellent and very pragmatic nutritionist who gives sound advice but isn't obsessive and also helps you to understand what different foods do for your body. 

Zita West's book Fertility and Conception is quite good for advice about alternative therapies and the role of different vitamins and minerals in preparing your body.  So long as you don't take it all too seriously!

I take a standard pregnancy multivitamin, and 3tsp/day of flax/hemp/pumpkin/sunflower seed oil (comes mixed in a bottle from sainsburys).

If you go for acupuncture, it can be great for calming the nerves but if you want it to help with your cycle or your fertility, then please make sure they are a specialist in fertility.  Many claim to be, but are not.  For starters you can ask if they know the difference between IVF and ICSI (my first one didn't!) !!!  I now see an acupuncturist who specialises in fertility (www.chinesehealth.co.uk) and I feel it's helping.  Acupuncture is OK during tx but only if they know what they're doing.  Reflexology isn't recommended when you're on the drugs.  Never take chinese herbs or do aromatherapy when you're taking hormones. 

Whether or not these really help is possibly not the point, so long as no one cons you into spending tons of money for them and you don't beat yourself up for eating or drinking things you enjoy. If it helps to feel you're doing something postive, none of them can be a bad thing.

Good luck,
Claire xxx




 
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