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Foods To Eat During Ivf

A poor diet can wreak havoc with your fertility and what you consume is so important that it can make the difference between a successful pregnancy or not, whether via the medium of IVF or conventional methods. If you are about to undergo IVF treatment then you will want to do everything possible to maximize your chances of success and one of the many ways you can do this is by looking carefully at the foods to eat during IVF.

In many respects, it is wrong to only consider your diet during the procedure itself. It is vital that you take steps beforehand to eat the right kinds of foods to promote fertility and prepare your body to receive the embryo.

Eating a diet for optimal health is a good starting point. This will mean eating plenty of organic fresh fruits and vegetables, organic dairy produce, wholegrains, lean meats, beans, nuts and seeds and drinking plenty of water. Of course what you don’t eat is vitally important too. You should avoid foods which contain additives and preservatives and those which contains saturated and trans-fats. We can group other bad choices in here such as drinking alcohol, smoking and the use of drugs. (This sometimes includes prescription drugs-you should check with your doctor).

Before we consider the must-have foods to eat during IVF, the principles of a fertility diet are as follows:-

* Eat 4-6 moderately sized meals a day
* Snacking is fine in moderation and as long as the foods are healthy
* Warm foods are better than cold
* Drink plenty of filtered water between meals, rather than with meals themselves
* Chew food well
* Lightly steam or bake vegetables

During IVF, certain foods are thought to help with implantation and these include pineapple, nuts and leafy green vegetables.

* Pineapple-The compound Bromelin, found in pineapple is believed by many to increase the chances of success. Bromelin can dissolve the proteins which may inhibit implantation and many women have attributed their success, at least in part, to eating pineapple. Take an average sized pineapple and divide it into 5 portions. Eat a portion a day beginning with embryo transfer day.

* Nuts-Certain nuts contain Omega3 fatty acids which are a contributory factor in the manufacture of prostraglandin which is essential for conception. Although oily fish is a good source, there is some concern about the levels of contaminents in certain fish. Walnuts are a good alternative source.

* Dark Green Leafy Vegetables-Certainly on the list of foods to eat during IVF, leafy vegetables are a good source of Folic Acid which, in turn, is essential for the formation of new cells and helping them survive. In addition, women who include folic acid rich foods before conception tend to produce healthier eggs.

Foods To Avoid During Ivf Treatment

Many couples do not realise that their diets can actually be harming their chances of conception. Researchers at Havard University have confirmed what many experts already knew-that diet has a significant impact on your fertility. There are a number of foods to avoid during IVF treatment and these may sound familiar.

Carbohydrates

Processed, refined carbohydrates can have an adverse effect on fertility as they disrupt insulin which, in turn, can cause hormonal imbalances. One study indicated that it was not just the quantity of refined carbohydrates eaten, but women who ate low or high amounts of carbohydrates were equally affected. Women who eat white rice, processed breakfast cereals are at higher risk of ovulatory failure than those who eat beans, whole grains, fruits and vegetables and dark, wholemeal bread.

Refined Sugar

Fast burning sugar should be one of your top foods to avoid during IVF treatment. This can cause extreme levels of high and low blood sugar, causing glucose imbalances. Unlike slow-burning carbohydrates, refined sugar provides a “rush” of energy which creates a need for insulin. These peaks and troughs can cause insulin resistance which, in turn, can lead to infertility.

Fats

The relationship between dietary fats and fertility is sometimes overlooked. Some fats, such as polyunsaturated fats are beneficial and can actually improve fertility by reducing inflammation and increasing sensitivity to insulin. On the other hand, artificial trans fats and saturated fats are definite foods to avoid during IVF treatment as they can increase the risk for developing ovulatory infertility.

Non Organic Foods

Wherever possible you should avoid foods which have been produced using herbicides, fungicides and insecticides as these are believed to disrupt the hormonal system by introducing quantities of hormone-mimicking substances into the body. Very often, Xenoestrogen, a synthetic form of estrogen is given to crops and fruits as a form of insecticide to stop pests from reproducing. Unfortunately, it can disrupt the human reproductive system and foods to avoid during IVF treatment certainly include any treated with this chemical.