Should I be taking multivitamins?

It’s best to get vitamins and minerals from the food you eat, but when you are pregnant you will need to take some supplements as well, to make sure you get everything you need. It’s recommended that you take:

10 micrograms of Vitamin D each day throughout your pregnancy – you should also carry on taking this after your baby is born if you breastfeed.

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400 micrograms of folic acid each day – you should take this from before you are pregnant until you are 12 weeks pregnant

You should not take vitamin A supplements, or any supplements containing vitamin A (retinol), as too much could harm your baby.

If you want to get your folic acid or vitamin D from a multivitamin tablet, make sure that the tablet does not contain vitamin A (or retinol).

Should I stop drinking caffeine?

You should try and cut back on caffeine where possible. Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, cola and chocolate. Research suggests that high caffeine intake can affect both male and female fertility. As a general rule men and women should limit their caffeine consumption to about 2 cups of tea or coffee per day. In addition to the potential impact on fertility, caffeine can impair your body’s absorption of iron and calcium. It has also been linked to an increased risk of miscarriage.

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Can I exercise?

Yes, gentle exercise is actually recommended as it favours the release of endorphins which reduce stress levels. It is also indicated if you need to keep your Body Mass Index below 30.

Do I need to take time off work for treatment?

This will depend on your individual circumstances. You will need to attend the clinic for monitoring during the cycle of treatment. Most scan appointments are approximately 30 minutes long so time off may not be necessary if you are able to work flexibly, or if your employers are sympathetic. You may find treatment less stressful if you arrange some time off work particularly after embryo transfer.

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