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    in vitro fertilisation (ivf)

    Healthy Foods to Eat For Successful IVF

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    Foods rich in zinc and protein, carbohydrates, folic acid, fats, avocados and water are some of the healthy foods to eat for successful IVF. Eggs in raw form, artificial sweeteners, refined sugar, alcohol and caffeine are some of the foods to be avoided or terminated completely for successful IVF.

    It is important to follow a healthy diet no matter if a woman is trying to get pregnant the natural way or by alternative methods to ensure a healthy pregnancy. However, if a woman has trouble conceiving and opts for IVF treatment, there are certain things that she should know. IVF is a different procedure for the body altogether and to make this process work there are certain healthy foods that one should consume. A doctor does usually not recommend a specific diet during IVF but a few diet changes can work in one’s favor.
    In this article, we will look at:

    1. What is the best diet to boost IVF success?
    2. What are some of the healthy foods to eat for successful IVF?
    3. What are some of the foods to avoid for successful IVF?

    1. What is the best diet to boost IVF success?

    The success rate of IVFcycle is usually around 30 to 40 percent for most women. So, if a woman is trying to conceive, then IVF is worth a shot. But to increase its success rate, there are a few healthy foods that one can add to their diet. There is a bunch of foods that can help the body cope up with the IVF procedure and respond to it better. (1)
    healthy food

    2. What are some of the healthy foods to eat for successful IVF?

    Doctors do not necessarily provide their IVF patients with a list of healthy foods to eat during IVF implantation or at any stage of the procedure. But given the understanding of the process, there are a few ways that can indirectly influence the body to respond better to it. Given below is the list of healthy foods that are necessary to makeIVF treatmenta success: (2)

    • Foods Rich in Zinc

    One of the key aspects related to reproduction is the appropriate amount of hormones that regulate the entire activity in an effective manner. Any fluctuation in the hormonal levels could cause ovaries to function erratically or eggs to not be produced properly. Zinc helps balance hormonal levels. Hence, during IVF, it can work to one’s benefit to ensure that one meets their daily requirement of around 15 mg of zinc without fail. This can be done by either using zinc supplements, but a better choice would be to include dairy products such as grains, potatoes, and nuts, along with a few meat items rich in zinc. (3)

    • Carbohydrates

    Consuming healthy carbohydrates in substantial quantities is the best source for the body to get the energy it needs for various activities throughout the day. IVF requires a lot of energy as well, which is why including fruits and grains in the diet that provide energy is quite essential on a daily basis. Complex carbohydrates include vegetables and whole grains, such as rye, oat, wheat, and legumes, such as peas and beans. Simple carbohydrates include white fruit, fruit juices, and sugar. For optimum fertility one should limit the intake of simple carbohydrates and eat plenty of unrefined complex carbohydrates. This means choosing whole grain bread, brown rice, whole grain cereals and pasta instead of the refined white versions, as well as eating at least five portions of vegetables a day. Whole grains are packed with fertility boosting nutrients such as zinc, selenium, vitamin B which is an essential part of a hormone-balancing, fertility-boosting diet.

    • Foods Rich in Folic Acid

    The importance of folic acid stays at the highest level before or during pregnancy. Even while undergoing the IVF procedure, the presence of folic acid in the body is essential to ensure that the embryo that forms is healthy and free of any developmental disorders. Surprisingly, folic acid is present in numerous healthy food items and making it a part of the daily diet can be achieved in cheap and effective ways. Foods such as peas, broccoli, spinach, kiwi, poultry products and tofu are good sources of folic acid.

    • Fats

    Fats are not bad but one should know the kind of fats that are appropriate to consume. Junk foods and artificially flavored foods, which contain trans-saturated fats, should be avoided at all cost. Opting for healthy fatty acids and unsaturated fats is highly recommended since these provide the body with the energy reserves it can tap into at any point in time. These are also essential in breaking down the nutritional elements of the food items and allowing the body to absorb them. They are found in walnuts, corn, olive oil, oily fish, flax seed oil, and many other food items. If a product has the words ‘hydrogenated vegetable oil’ on the list of ingredients then go for another brand. (4)

    • Avocados

    Avocados have been known to be a healthy fruit, especially for pregnant women for quite a long time now. Avocado can be consumed when a woman opts for the IVF process as well. Many studies suggest that the presence of monosaturated fats in a woman’s body is helpful to the process of IVF. In that regard, avocados are essential as they contain a substantial amount of fats. Furthermore, avocados also improve the health of the ovulatory region within a woman.

    • Protein-rich Foods

    Production of hormones within the body, which directly or indirectly influences the development of eggs in the ovaries, is all-dependent on having the appropriate presence of protein in the body. Protein provides instant energy and helps in the development of the body, which makes it necessary to have at least 60g of protein on a daily basis. Seafood, meat, and eggs are great sources of protein, so are legumes and nuts of different varieties in substantial portions.

    • Water

    Not only is the body composed of two-thirds water, therefore, but water intake and distribution are also essential for hormonal balance. Water also provides the means for nutrients to travel to all the organs, including the reproductive organs, and for toxins to be removed. It is best to stick to a schedule of drinking a glass of water per hour, ensuring at least 8 glasses of water are consumed. (5)

    3. What are some of the foods to avoid for successful IVF?

    Just as there are suggestions for IVF diet to improve egg quality, (6) there are certain food items one should avoid to not decreasing its quality. They are:

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    • Eggs in Raw Form: Whether eggs are consumed directly or as part of different preparation such as biscuit batter, certain salads or even eggnog, keep away from raw eggs at all costs. There is a good chance of them containing the salmonella virus, which is known to cause food poisoning.
    • Foods Containing Artificial Sweeteners: In order to keep the weight in check, few women seem to opt for artificial sweeteners in their tea or coffee instead of the usual sugar. Although this generally might be a healthy choice, artificial sweeteners based on saccharin are known to reduce the success rates of IVF. So, it is best advised to keep away from artificial sugars. (7)
    • Presence of Refined Sugar: Refined sugar is a villain and affects the body in extremely unhealthy ways. Consuming even a small quantity of it causes the sugar level in the blood to spike up instantly. This can make one feel good for some time but it also causes a load on the liver to produce more insulin quickly to take care of the level. This can, at times, results in the body developing a resistance to insulin on a longer-term, which begins to affect fertility as well.
    • Alcohol: Alcohol is a major cause of erratic ovulation and hence should not be consumed, particularly during IVF
    • Caffeine: Coffee, as well as tea, should be consumed in limited amounts during an IVF cycle. Other aerated beverages that contain caffeine should be completely restricted or terminated. (8)

    Adhering to a good IVF diet plan can increase the chances of a successful IVF procedure. Along with that, there are a few other ways such as massages, meditation, (9) or even acupuncture that can help in maintaining an optimal state of the body, physically and mentally. Follow OVO Fertility blog for more information. If you have fertility issues, OVO Fertility can assist you in finding the right doctor and the right IVF center at an affordable cost. Book an appointment by calling us at +918268260808.

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    Feb. 21, 2019, 12:33 p.m. 4.5

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