Since this is IVF #2 for me, I’m not a newbie anymore. I was completely clueless last year when I started IVF #1, though. You could definitely say I just kind of “winged” it. But this time, I know what I need and what has to be done. Don’t be like me my first time around; being organized and prepared is the way to go. Emotional prep is super important but today, I’m here to help you get all the things you need and may want for this potentially monumental time in your life. I’ll be personally using everything on this list this time around. So get out your paper and pen and start making your list, ’cause here we go!
Bonus Item: Essential Oils
I’ve been using essential oils for a few years now after being introduced to them by a friend. Honestly, they have helped me keep calm and deal with the unwanted symptoms of IVF. I have an entire blog post dedicated to Oils and Infertility if you care to take a peek for reference. My favorites are peppermint for nausea and lavender for relaxation and sleep. These are both included in Young Living’s Starter Kit along with some other helpful oils like Peace and Calm (relaxation and clarity) and DiGize (stomach upset). You also get a diffuser of your choice. I encourage you to give it a try, I’m really happy I did.
Ok, this isn’t a must have and I didn’t have them with my first IVF but this time around, I’m using them. It will be kind of a reward for poking myself in the stomach multiple times a day. Hopefully, your protocol (that’s what meds you are using and how much) isn’t as much as mine so it won’t be so bad but, put on a cute bandaid regardless. Order you cute band-aid’s here.
Organizer for your meds
So you receive all your meds and needles and you have no idea what to do with them. Don’t be like me and throw them in a box, find a way to organize them and keep everything together. I’ve seen women use a hanging shoe organizer but I actually had this jewelry organizer that I wasn’t using anymore and it’s a perfect size. It has way too many pockets but it will get the job done for sure! You can find something similar here to order.
Trust me when I say, you need to drink lots of waters and something with a bit of electrolyte. Bloat and constipation are two nasty side effects of IVF medications. Keeping hydrated with plenty of water will help with constipation and drinking something like Gatorade (which is my drink of choice) with help with your bloat. Order your stash from Amazon right here. Stay hydrated my friends.
If you aren’t already taking a prenatal vitamin (which you really should be) now is the time to get started. Not only does our potential growing embryo need it but our bodies need it as well. We put ourselves through a lot with IVF, be good to yourself and take your vitamins … please? If you are like me and can’t swallow those horse pills, you can get the yummy gummies which I love. I’m on a prescription gummy but you can get these (which my bestie says was her favorite) over the counter here.
A good book and a new TV series
Depending on how you are feeling during your injection phase and definitely after your retrieval, you are going to have some down time…or you should try to budget some time to just let your body do its thing. Having entertainment at the ready is a must. If you are looking for some emotional encouragement like me, you may enjoy IVF: an emotional companion by Brigid Moss. I haven’t decided on a TV series yet but I’m sure I’ll find something good to watch on Netflix. You can also get your free subscription to Audibles! Listen to these and more while you relax and let the IVF time pass.
Good luck charm
It’s not a necessity but it’s nice to have a little charm, bracelet, or necklace that you can wear or carry during IVF to give you encouragement. I received this beautiful bracelet last IVF from my family and I loved wearing and reading the statement. I highly encourage that you get a little something special that speaks to you. This is also a good opportunity to wear your religious items and lean on your faith, if you’re so inclined.
Cute Socks for your retrieval
Once again, not a must but its fun and since you need socks anyway, why not wear something fun or silly to make you smile. I had Wonder Women socks last time because it made me feel powerful. With 3 weeks till my retrieval, I’ve decided on these really cute socks I picked up from Target, you can get something similar from Amazon right here. I’m hoping they will make Dr. Ripps laugh a little. I’d check Etsy for socks since sometimes the ones specifically for IVF are considered specialty item. I did find my Wonder Women socks from my last retrieval at Target if you wanted to go that route like I did.
And there you have it, my personal must haves to make IVF as smooth, fun, and comfortable as possible! I want to take this time to wish you all the best with your IVF and infertility journey. It isn’t always the easiest road to walk, but here’s to it being the most worth while and rewarding.
What are some things that have prepared you for IVF that I forgot to mention?
If you haven’t yet read about my previous IVF journey, here are some post you might want to check out: