Sep 01 2019

What to Eat After IVF: Nutrition Tips for Patients


Doctor with fresh fruits and vegetablesSuccessful in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment means good preparation as well as proper aftercare. That’s why Dr. Janelle Dorsett and her team of Lubbock, TX fertility specialists take all aspects of IVF treatment seriously, from preparation to proper care following a successful cycle.

A number of patients at The Centre for Reproductive Medicine wonder what they should eat following an IVF cycle. Diet can potentially boost the chances of a problem-free pregnancy and healthy live birth. Let’s briefly cover some of these matters below.

Why Your Diet Matters During IVF Treatment

Your nutrition can have a major impact on your fertility and your general wellness. Eating poorly puts you at risk from a number of health issues, some of which may have an impact on your fertility. This is why our fertility team stresses to patients the importance of general wellness. That means eating right, exercising regularly, and finding healthy ways to destress.

The Goal: Eating As If You’re Pregnant

Ultimately, the best dietary option before and after IVF treatment is to eat as if you are already pregnant. We don’t mean preemptively catering to all cravings that you may experience during pregnancy, but that you should try to eat as healthy as possible. We find that patients at our Lubbock fertility clinic who eat healthy and exercise regularly are more likely to become pregnant thanks to IVF than those who do not have healthy eating habits.

Ideal Foods to Eat While Undergoing IVF

During the IVF process and after the cycle is completed, be sure to add the following foods to your diet:

  • Leafy greens
  • Broccoli
  • Sprouts
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Berries
  • Bananas
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Beans
  • Hummus
  • Oats and whole grains
  • Yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Anchovies
  • Sardines
  • Salmon

We typically recommend the Mediterranean diet, which focuses on nutritious whole foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains. Consumption of red meat is minimal in this form of eating.

Foods and Beverages to Avoid

During and after IVF, it’s best for women to avoid the following foods and beverages:

  • Alcohol
  • Soda
  • Processed foods
  • Processed meats
  • Junk food
  • Soft cheeses
  • Fish with high mercury content (tuna, mackerel, sea bass)

Should I Take Vitamins and Dietary Supplements?

It’s a good idea to check with your fertility doctors before taking any kind of food supplements. Something as simple as a multivitamin may be helpful for many patients, but there may be other general wellness issues to consider that arise when taking supplements. Better to err on the side of caution and check with your fertility specialist first.

Diet Is Only One Factor to Consider

As we mentioned above, your diet is only one factor to keep in mind when it comes to your fertility and overall wellness. We can discuss ideal physical activity routines, relaxation techniques, and other aspects of wellness with you during a visit to our practice. We want to makes sure you have all of the resources available to ensure a successful IVF cycle and a healthy pregnancy as well.

Learn More About IVF

For more information about IVF and how it can help you build a family, be sure to contact our team of fertility specialists. You can reach The Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Lubbock at (806) 788-1212.

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