I know I've already done one blog entry today but I got to thinking about this and wanted to write about it and see what everyone else thinks. You read all these articles about the whole mind/body connection in the success of IVF. Apparently studies show that those who practice this have better success than those who don't. How much do you believe state of mind can impact your chances of success with IVF? Or do you believe that whether the cycle succeeds or fails has nothing whatsoever to do with our mindset?
I have spoken about how last cycle I self-sabotaged after I found out we had no frosties. I was devastated to go from 14 embryos on Day 3 to only one on Day 5. I spent the majority of the 2WW crying, convinced within days of transfer that it was useless. My friends and family would call me to ask how I was getting on and I would be continually telling them I was sure it hadn't worked. I didn't possess an ounce of positivity and the result reflected that.
This time I have the opposite attitude. I am determined not to allow myself to go down that path again. Those who walked with me last time have commented numerous times on how much more relaxed and positive I have been this time around. I have been listening to a hypnotherapy track I brought online and it is FANTASTIC. It is a 30 minute track that takes you through deep breathing exercises into a state of relaxation until you are fully relaxed and hypnotised before giving you positive affirmations for pre-conception - being accepting of it, believing it can happen, knowing your body is healthy and capable of carrying a baby to term. I'm not sure if I am really hypnotised or not but I am certainly relaxed and it is like having someone whisper to you that you can do this. It's great. But will it make a difference?
What do you think? Is there a connection?