How to Lose Weight After a Failed IVF

Losing weight after IVF can be challenging.
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A failed attempt at in vitro fertilization can be devastating, particularly if you have struggled with infertility for a long time. In less than 1 percent of cases, IVF can result in ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, which may cause 10 pounds of weight gain in as little as three to five days. More commonly, the hormone treatments that are typically a part of IVF can cause weight gain. Some women stop exercising or monitoring their diets during an IVF cycle, which can also result in weight gain. To lose weight after IVF, you must eat a healthy diet and exercise, but it's also important to consult with your infertility specialist before beginning a fitness routine. A healthy body can increase your chances of future success with IVF and may help you feel less depressed about a failed attempt at pregnancy.

    Consult with the doctor who performed your IVF -- usually a reproductive endocrinologist. If you plan to do another cycle of IVF, she may advise you to wait until after the cycle is complete to attempt to lose weight. However, in some cases, weight loss may actually increase your chances of success at future IVF rounds, so it's important to keep your doctor advised of your fitness goals and ask her how diet and exercise may affect fertility.

    Reduce your caloric intake. One pound of fat is equal to 3,500 calories, so you must eliminate 3,500 calories from your diet for every pound you wish to lose. Excessive carbohydrates and sugary drinks are common sources of unnecessary calories, so eliminate these items first. Eat lean proteins. Neurologist Lise Eliot points out that protein is key for pregnancy health and fetal development, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that women obtain 46 grams of protein daily. Drink six to eight glasses of water a day. Water helps cells remain healthy, which can increase your chances of future pregnancy success.

    Get 150 minutes of low-intensity cardiovascular exercise -- or 75 minutes of moderate- to high-intensity cardiovascular exercise -- a week. Cardiovascular exercise strengthens large groups of muscles and your heart and includes activities such as walking, jogging and jumping rope. Walking is lower intensity, while running and jogging are higher intensity and burn more calories. The CDC recommends strength training such as weightlifting two days per week. Exercise dramatically increases weight loss because it burns calories, enabling you to eat more without gaining weight.


    • You may need to engage in low-intensity exercise until your body recovers from IVF. If exercise is painful or you feel exhausted, consult your doctor.

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