Diet and IVF – The Relation

Diet is an integral part of our life. It is the basic need for survival. So, when it comes to fertility, diet does play an important role. Diet determines the quality of eggs for women and sperms for men. It also helps develop good lining of uterus which houses the foetus. Diet also offers good hormonal support for reproduction and leads to a healthy pregnancy. There are free radicals that could damage the eggs or the sperms. There are antioxidants to fight this dame to prevent it. However, in such a scenario, vitamins and other nutrients give support to carry a healthy and a normal pregnancy.

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Many researches have been conducted to check on the effect of diet on pregnancy and it has been proved that a healthy diet can lead to a successful IVF. Yes, it is true that there are certain food items that helps in having a successful IVF process. Avocado has the potential to multiply the birth rate by 3 times through IVF. Again, the mono-saturated fat holds the capacity to increase the conceiving rate through IVF.  Thus, it is advisable to take in more of olive oil, fruits and nut to get a healthy pregnancy. It is better to avoid saturated fatty acids; so do not intake red meat, butter and items with fat saturation.

If you are undergoing IVF process, limit your coffee intake as it can decrease the chance of conceiving. It is advisable to take not more than 2 cups every day. To get the positive result, it is better to avoid coffee since the time to plan to go for IVF.

Diet for Men:

When it comes of fertility issue, men too needs to follow a healthy diet. Through numerous researches and studies, it has been shown that dairy products have adverse effects on body; especially those with too much of fat and carbs in it. Excessive fat and carbs tend to decrease sperm count which eventually effects the fertility.

During IVF, it is advisable for a woman to have more and more of folic acid rich food like green leafy vegetables. Fresh vegetables like broccoli, tomatoes, sweet potato, cabbage and melon are some of preferred food items for this period. As far as fruits are concerned, pomegranate, bananas, orange, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries and apple tend to increase the fertility rate by giving value to the antioxidants. You can add nuts like sunflower seeds, walnut, dried figs, and almond in your diet. Coming to animal protein, it is better to stick by chicken and fish. You can also include eggs in your daily diet.

When it comes to women, dairy products have a different effect and increases the chance of fertility. It has been proven that women having more of dairy products have 21% more chance of conceiving.

List of food during IVF and Pregnancy:

  • Food that are rich in antioxidants like fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Love oil and other unsaturated oils
  • Omega-3 fatty acid rich food like fish.
  • Nuts
  • Pulses and wholegrain food items like wheat bread.
  • Animal protein like chicken and eggs

Fats are of numerous types and each have their own effect on body, some effect the insulin level and the inflammatory reactions in body. They also hold the potential to effect the hormonal produces. Hence, it is always better and advisable to have healthy food. Avoid fat and work on losing weight before the IVF process. Moreover, it is best to consult your doctor and get the right diet for yourself while undergoing IVF.

Consult with best fertility specialist and get useful tips from doctor.

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