You are what you eat, the old saying goes. That’s important to consider for all aspects of health and wellness. In fact, your diet can have an impact on IVF treatment. While taking fertility drugs for ovulation induction and other parts of the cycle, what you eat could have a positive or negative impact on the results.
Our team of Lubbock, TX fertility specialists consider some of the ideal food options for women undergoing IVF. Eating the right diet means good nutrition and a greater likelihood of success.
Hydration, Hydration, Hydration
First things first, staying hydrated is essential for proper function of many parts of your body. Be sure to drink clean, fresh water throughout the day. Avoid drinking fruit juices, seltzer water, and sports drinks to prevent consuming too much sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Go Heavy on Fresh Vegetables and Fruits
For a healthy diet, lean heavy on fresh vegetables and fresh fruits. These should be making up the bulk of your diet. Leafy greens and other kinds of vegetables are rich in essential vitamins and nutrients.
Healthy Fats Are a Must
Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are essential for proper brain and bodily functions. Partially hydrogenated oils/trans fats should be avoided as much as possible. So many wonderful foods are rich in healthy fats, including:
- Sunflower seeds
- Olives and olive oil
- Full-fat dairy
- Full-fat yogurt
- Fish (more on that below)
Get Hooked on Low-Mercury Seafood
Some fish and shellfish are extremely high in mercury content and need to be avoided. However, there is some seafood that is low in mercury content but contains a lot of healthy fats. Consider the following seafood if you are trying to get pregnant or undergoing IVF:
- Atlantic mackerel
- Rainbow trout
Avoid Processed and Refined Foods
Processed foods and heavily refined foods contain a lot of preservatives, chemicals, and artificial ingredients that aren't the best for your overall health and wellness. Be sure to avoid hot dogs, processed snacks, candy, and junk food while undergoing IVF treatment.
In addition, try to avoid certain starches and sugars. This includes foods like rice, pasta, white bread, and so forth. Enjoy whole grains instead to really make the most of your diet and enhance your health.
Stay Away from Caffeine
Caffeine has been linked to an increased risk of miscarriage in some studies. Rather than drinking coffee as you’re trying to get pregnant, consider a light tea instead. You can avoid having too much caffeine and enjoy a softer and more refreshing taste as you wake up in the mornings.
No Alcohol for the Time Being
As you might have guessed, drinking and fertility treatments don't mix. If you’re going through an IVF cycle, be sure to avoid alcohol consumption. The mix of medications and alcohol will not be great for your body, and your fertility will suffer as well.
Junk Food Is an Obvious No-No
We all know how comforting potato chips, Oreos, and so many other simple comfort foods are, but junk food is always bad for you. The caloric content is high and the nutritional value is low. Aim for healthier fare while you’re trying to have a baby, and maintain a good diet throughout your pregnancy.
Contact the Centre for Reproductive Medicine
To learn more about increasing your chances of pregnancy and live birth, be sure to contact the Centre for Reproductive Medicine. We look forward to your visit and discussing all of your options for treatment in much greater detail.