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Follow Your Fertility Doctor's Orders

We know it's hard to do everything the doctors say all the time. Daily breast exams, eating five a day fruits and veggies … these can all fall by the wayside on occasion.

But when it's your fertility doctor — and you are undergoing an expensive in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle — we really recommend that you do everything the doc says. It certainly can't hurt!

Surprisingly, a new study finds that many women don't follow doctor's orders during an IVF cycle. For example, it is recommended that you reduce or completely stop exercising to improve your chances of a successful IVF; and yet, many women just keep hopping on the treadmill.

If you are undergoing an IVF cycle, ask your fertility doctor many questions about what you should and shouldn't be doing. And if you don't believe your doctor, you should still listen and abstain from alcohol, caffeine, herbal supplements, etc. Give yourself the absolute best chance to get what you want in 2012 — a healthy baby!

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