How Do I Prepare forArtificial Insemination?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
My question is relating to my preparations for artificial insemination.

I'm 38 and dr suggested my egg reserve was low and I'd need to conceive in possibly 4-6 months. I've taken meds and injectables under the direction of my fertility doctor.

As of today, we have three eggs, two perfect ones and one small one. The next step is to inject Ovidrel (I think this releases the egg?) and to come in for insemination. We will be using cryogenically preserved sperm for the insemination.

My question is should I take Mucinex or something along those lines to minimize the likelihood of hostile mucous? I don't want to do anything that would prevent my pregnancy. At the same time, I'm about 30lbs heavier than I need to be and would like to do lots of walking or watch what I'm eating to lose that weight, early on if possible. Or, is that too late?

Also, are there any foods that will help (or hurt) the likely conception?

ANSWER

I have never heard of taking Mucinex, but it couldn't hurt, so try it if you like.

We always encourage walking in basically healthy women with healthy pregnancies, so you go girl!

Pregnancy is not a time to go on a weight-loss diet, but it definitely IS a time to improve the quality of your diet. I have had more than one woman who cut out the candy bars or 8 sodas/day or fast food, left everything else the same, were never hungry, and actually lost weight during a pregnancy that produced a healthy child. Which is different than going on a weight-loss diet, right?

The point is to eat reasonable quantities of a balanced diet. You can track yourself at mypyramid.gov.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.