I have an appointment to set up my IVF protocol on October 4th. In keeping with my summer resolution, I’m doing all I can to prepare. I’m working on getting healthy and I’ve started going to acupuncture. All a part of feeling “productive” I guess.
I have friends that have gone through IVF (some successful). Several of them went on a “fertility diet” to prepare for the procedure. No dairy, no soy, no wheat, no sugar, no alcohol, no caffeine.
The alcohol and caffeine are the easiest to cut it out. I feel like I’ve been pregnant so often in the last couple of years that these have been cut out most of the time. Dairy, soy, wheat and sugar…that’s another story! I love bread. I love bread with cheese on it!
I’m not going to go 100% on the fertility diet. I think that would be setting myself up for failure. I also think it would take away from some of the joys I do experience in my life. My husband works long hours (this month he’s on nights and we don’t even cross paths until the weekend). Our time together is important. We like to go out to restaurants. Cutting out all of those foods all the time would mean cutting out the restaurants (or at least the good ones). I have to find the balance, so I’m cutting those things out Monday to Friday and doing my best to cut down on the weekends. Did I mention I’m also a vegetarian and my kitchen is under construction?? It hasn’t been easy, but I’m managing (grumble grumble).
My favourite part of preparing has been the acupuncture. This is something I have always wanted to try. The only thing that held me back was the expense. It’s still expensive, but considering the cost of IVF I want to do everything that will work in my favour.
The Naturopath that I’m seeing does a combination of acupuncture and CranioSacral therapy. I didn’t even know what CranioSacral therapy was before I started and admittedly I was kind of a sceptic.
On my first visit, after a full medical check up, the doctor placed the acupuncture needles in me. For the CranioSacral therapy, she told me that she’d be placing her hands on parts of my body. At first I didn’t feel anything beyond good old fashioned relaxation. She held my feet, she held my legs, she held my arms. Then she placed her hands on my hips. I was instantly overcome with sadness. A knot formed in my throat, tears rushed down my face. It took everything in my power not to full-out sob. Next, she placed her hands on my shoulders, back to relaxation. The tears were gone. Then she placed her hands under my head, lifting and supporting it – the sobbing started right back up. To clarify – I’ve had my head held before, I get my hair washed at the salon – this was different, I can’t even explain it. When it was over I felt that a huge weight had been lifted. I feel like I should have done this ages ago especially after the losses. This might be exactly what I needed to help me let go.
I have gone back once more since the first visit and had a very similar reaction. Relaxed most of the time and this time the tears started when she held my pelvis. It’s no coincidence that these areas are what are bring the sadness forward. Time for me to heal.