Although there is no diet that is instantly going to make you more fertile or your access rate of IVF sky rocket, there are elements of your diet that can be improved to increase your chances of successful pregnancy.
If you are going through IVF, it is advised that you follow the same nutrition guidelines as any woman trying to conceive. The objective in both instances is to prepare your body for conception and create the best chances of a successful pregnancy.
Being healthy in terms of your weight and your diet are important. Here are our top tips:
- Eat proteins that are animal and plant based, eat lots of different fruits and vegetables, especially those that are rich in folate and iron (eggs, broccoli, spinach, citrus etc.)
- Carbohydrates and fats support the process. For instance, eating eggs for breakfast is beneficial and also helps control blood sugar and hormone levels.
- Unrefined oils, foods rich in polyunsaturates (nuts, seeds, avocado etc.) should be a part of your diet because they contain high quality of healthy fats.
- Hydration is essential, so drinking plenty of water is important.
- Herbal teas are acceptable too, but it’s best to avoid caffeine. Consuming high levels of caffeine has been linked to decreases in fertility.
- Foods that should be absolutely avoided during IVF treatment and trying to getting pregnant in general include refined and processed carbohydrates, refined sugar, foods rich in trans-fats, baked goods, alcohol. Be especially careful with seafood and fish because of high mercury content.
- Supplements that are recommended for women who want to get pregnant are omega 3 fish oil, coenzyme Q10, minerals such as Zinc, Magnesium, Selenium, Iron, amino acids (L-Carnitine and L-arginine), vitamins: A, B6, B12, C, E and folic acid. Remember to check with your fertility specialist before you start taking any form of supplement.
- The IVF journey can be emotional stressful. It is a time where anxieties and emotions can run high. This also has an impact on your body. Find a way to deal with stress and anxiety, whether through meditation or mindfulness practices. Often, the most challenging part of this is to filter the advice you get through so many people around you who want to see you succeed too.
Remember, there is no one size fits all approach to IVF. Every body is different and as complex as they are, all they need is for you to look after your body. Be conscious of your nutrition and your anxiety levels and you are one step closer to successful IVF.
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