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A new study published online in the journal Fertility and Sterility found that women who participate in mind-body training have a significantly higher pregnancy rate than women who don't undergo training: 52% compared to 20%.
“It's a strong indication that learning stress management tools before and during an IVF cycle can have a significant positive impact on pregnancy rates,” says Alice Domar, principal investigator and director of mind/body services at Boston IVF
Domar has trained more than 100 mind-body practitioners in skills including meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, yoga and body scan relaxation (relaxing one body part at a time, in conjunction with your breath). She also teaches cognitive strategies that help patients challenge negative — and often irrational — beliefs. “The average IVF patient will come in saying, I won't be happy unless I have a biolgical child, and end up saying, I am doing everything I can to get pregnant,” says Domar.