Is laughing the best medicine for IVF treatment?

IVF Superstitions: Can Laughing Improve IVF Outcomes?

We’ve talked about certain seemingly odd IVF superstitions such as eating McDonald’s french fries or pineapples after embryo transfer. But what about something much more obvious: laughing? Time and again I keep hearing that when dealing with infertility, keeping a positive attitude is really important. But, of course, that is waaaay easier said than done. Every negative pregnancy test, bad test result, or failed IVF cycle, is, frankly, beyond depressing. But do you really have to stay positive or is it OK to be a Debbie Downer once in a while?…

Are you having a boy or a girl? What test can help? Sneak peek?

Ultimate Guide for Finding Out The Sex Of Your Baby

Are you one of those mommies/daddies to-be that has NO patience finding out whether you’re having a boy or a girl? After all, waiting until the 20-week anatomy scan is waaaay too long? Right?… Right? Great, glad it’s not just me! It’s safe to say that I’m definitely more of a “finding-out-sooner-rather-than-later” person.   First Things First: Sex vs. Gender At the risk of sounding insanely pretentious, this is a tiny bit of a pet peeve of mine. Does it really matter whether you say “sex” or “gender” when talking about…

I Bought a Fetal Doppler! But… Is It Safe?

I know it’s been a while since my last post. <insert any and all excuses: too busy, fatigue, my dog ate my computer>  Let’s get right back into things. My pregnancy is still going strong, but I’ll write about all of that some other time. This post is all about a little device called a fetal doppler. I’ve been contemplating getting one pretty much since my first ultrasound. Should I buy a fetal doppler to monitor my baby’s heart rate or not? Will it give me peace of mind? Or…

Anxiety. Scared of thigns that can go wrong during pregnancy

How To Deal With Anxiety When Pregnant

I figured that if I title a blog post “How to deal with anxiety when pregnant” I’d have to come up with a coherent answer, right? I can definitely give you an answer as to how not to deal with anxiety during pregnancy. Pretty much don’t do everything I did the last couple of months, and you’re good. I’ve been both stressing over every little ache and cramp and over not having aches and cramps. I even felt sad that, unlike the majority of pregnant ladies, I was able to…

IVF Superstitions: Eating Pineapples?

Remember when we tried to answer the question if eating french fries aids in IVF success? Well today, we’re looking at something somewhat healthier, pineapples!   The History of the Pineapple Pineapples and infertility go hand in hand. If you’re reading this, you probably have some interest in (in)fertility. It also means you’re currently on the Internet. This, in turn, means that there’s a very high likelihood you’ve noticed a large percentage of IVF/infertility social media profile pics featuring a pineapple. The history of the pineapple may have started when…

Part III: Interview With an Embryologist at an International IVF Clinic

It’s time for our final interview with an IVF-professional! Today, we’re interviewing an embryologist (Linda from GENNET). Make sure you read the other two parts (interview with an IVF coordinator and interview with an IVF doctor) in case you haven’t already. We were very curious to find out what an (international) embryologist actually does. What goes on behind the scenes, and can she give us some inside information on how embryos are handled? Enjoy! 🙂   Please introduce yourself and tell us what a typical day looks like for you? My name is…

Interview IVF Doctor

Part II: Interview With an IVF Doctor at an International IVF Clinic

In case you’ve read Part I (Interview With an IVF Coordinator at an International IVF Clinic), you were probably already looking forward to this very post. If you haven’t, go ahead and read our interview with an IVF coordinator first.   In this post, we’re interviewing one of the IVF doctors at GENNET. I was tempted to slip in another question about my estrogen levels at trigger day, but Mr. Frugalcrib wisely prevented me from making things too awkward ;). Let’s get to it!     Please introduce yourself. My name…

Interview With an IVF Coordinator at an International IVF Clinic

Ever wonder what it is like working at an (international) IVF clinic? No? Neither did I. Until we started battling infertility that is! If you’re a frequent reader of the blog, you know that we traveled all the way from the US to Europe (Prague in the Czech Republic) for our IVF treatment back in December of 2017. We spent less than $4,000, including medication, so around 20% to 25% of what we would have paid if we went to a local clinic in the States. IVF “tourism” isn’t for…

Plot Twists and Change of Plans Part II: Pregnancy, Beta hCG’s and Keeping it Together

Here we go again! Another “change of plans” post, hopefully with a better outcome. We had it all figured out. I was supposed to start birth control pills last week so that we could time our trip to Prague for the frozen embryo transfer just right. We looked at flight availability with our miles, hotels etc., all was set up just right. That all changed when, at 10 days past ovulation (DPO), I got a faint line on a pregnancy test. We were shocked and excited, but mostly scared. I…

IVF Superstitions: Eating (McDonald’s) French Fries After Transfer?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve looked up ways to improve the chance of IVF success. You take to the internet and start Googling away. It won’t take long before you come across seemingly millions of people all offering their words of wisdom. Some suggest you wear your lucky socks during embryo transfer, while others point out that they’d better be green socks otherwise it won’t help! These things may sound pretty crazy to some, but remember, IVF is scary. Not being in control is scary! No matter how prepared you are,…

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