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Foods That Help In Your IVF Treatment

By Dr. Jesús Alberto Félix Atondo

You and your partner have been trying to conceive for a year without success, so you seek help and start an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment. While you are in the process, there are many things you can do to boost your chances of getting pregnant with this fertility treatment; in this sense, having a healthy, nutritious, and balanced diet is one of the most important things to consider.

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Food is fuel to your body, and eating properly gives you energy to do everything. The food you consume influences hormone & semen production, egg count & quality, and the quality of your uterine lining – which is why it plays an important role in the success of your IVF treatment from the beginning. 

Best Foods For IVF Success

 

Some of the best foods during an IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) treatment are:

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  • Whole grains: quinoa, whole grain pasta, brown rice. 
  • Healthy fats and foods containing zinc to support progesterone: avocado, nuts & seeds, and extra virgin olive oil.
  • Lean proteins and omega-3: fish and chicken.
  • Legumes: beans, chickpeas and lentils.
  • Veggies for estrogen balance and fiber: Cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage.
  • Soy products: soy milk, tofu, and edamames. 
  • Nitrates to boost blood flow: Garlic, pomegranates, and beets. 

 

Foods That Support IVF Implantation

An anti-inflammatory diet is fundamental in IVF success, meaning that before and during the treatment it is ideal to minimize the intake of processed foods, fast foods, fried foods, and sugar. Some of the most beneficial foods to aid the implantation process are:   

  • Pineapple. We are going to start with a fruit that has become a popular symbol of fertility. It has a type of enzyme called bromelain, which thickens the uterine lining and also improves blood flow to the uterus. It is full of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin B types, magnesium and potassium. It is recommended to eat it whole since the concentration of bromelain is more.

healthy pineapple for IVF treatment

  • Pomegranate. This fruit is rich in antioxidants and micronutrients like vitamin C, folate, and vitamin K, which helps boost blood flow and generally has anti-inflammatory properties.

Pomegranate healthy for IVF Treatment

  • Brazil nuts. Brazil nuts contain selenium, a mineral essential for thyroid function. It works similar to an antioxidant, protecting your egg and embryo from oxidation and DNA damage.

Brazil nuts healthy for IVF Treatment

  • Beetroot. Beetroots are a great source of the antioxidats thought to help against age-related fertility.The nitrates contained in them are known to improve blood flow to the sexual organs, making them useful for male fertility and for supporting a healthy uterus.

 Beetroot healthy for IVF Treatment.

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Foods To Avoid If You’re Trying To Get Pregnant

These foods help your overall health, and can be especially beneficial to your IVF treatment. Eating poorly puts you at risk of developing health issues that can be an obstacle when trying to conceive or even be detrimental for your pregnancy. Keeping this in mind, its best to avoid: 

  • Raw or half-cooked seafood. Raw or half-cooked seafood such as sushi or shrimp contains high levels of mercury which causes problems with the development of the baby and may result in birth defects. 
  • Egg in raw form. Eggs in raw form are frequently used in many food products such as mayonnaise and salad dressing. However, they contain a germ called salmonella, which can cause food poisoning; this is why it is very important to cook them well before eating.
  • Alcohol. Drinking can cause changes in ovulation, cycle regulation and ovarian reserve. It can also prevent proper implantation in the uterus – leading to an increased rate of early loss of the pregnancy. 
  • High-sugar foods. Soda, candies, fruit yogurts, breakfast cereals, cakes with frosting, ice-cream, milkshakes, ketchup, bbq sauce, among others. 
  • Processed foods. Pizza, hamburgers, fried foods, savoury snacks, chips, sausages, microware-ready foods. Usually, this type of food has unhealthy levels of sugar, sodium, fat, and artificial preservatives that can lead to several health issues like obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

At The Fertility Center, we know that going through an IVF treatment can be a tough journey, which is why our goal is to provide you with all the necessary tools to increase your chances of getting pregnant in the healthiest conditions possible. 

Our team of fertility specialists in Mexico is ready to welcome you. Schedule your appointment today and visit us in NewCity Medical Plaza (28th floor), just 3 minutes away from the US-MX border!

 

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Dr. Jesús Alberto Félix Atondo

Gynecology, Obstetrics and Biology of Human Reproduction Surgeon at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, specialist Biologist of Human Reproduction by the Mexican Institute of Infertility.

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