Taking it tike a man

Men can easily become a bit marginalised during IVF treatment because all attention is on the woman — until the crucial moment when the sperm sample is to be delivered and then it's expected pronto! But, of course, whatever ups and downs a woman goes through during the IVF cycle affect her partner too. Naturally, men worry about whether the treatment is going to work, but sometimes they don't show their feelings because they think they need to be strong for their partner.

It's hard for you as a man to see your partner go through the hard yakka of IVF treatment and not be able to do much to help. But your most important contribution to making IVF easier for your partner is to be available throughout treatment, to take time to listen when she wants to talk, and to give her as much love and support as you can.

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As you inch your way through the IVF cycle you get progress reports along the way. If the news is good you'll feel really happy and optimistic about your chances of having a baby. And, of course, if the news is bad you'll be extremely disappointed.

How you feel about your progress reports is affected by what you expect the news to be. It's important, but also difficult, to find the right balance between feeling optimistic about the treatment working and having realistic expectations about the chance of success. I discuss setting realistic goals in Chapter 8.

Pregnancy Diet Plan

Pregnancy Diet Plan

The first trimester is very important for the mother and the baby. For most women it is common to find out about their pregnancy after they have missed their menstrual cycle. Since, not all women note their menstrual cycle and dates of intercourse, it may cause slight confusion about the exact date of conception. That is why most women find out that they are pregnant only after one month of pregnancy.

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