When you're considering or undertaking IVF, nutrition is really important for your chances of success.
Keeping it balanced
A healthy balanced diet includes fresh whole foods - fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, oils, grains, dairy or calcium-containing alternatives and protein sources – fish, red meat, chicken eggs or a suitable vegetarian alternative. Processed, frozen or even overcooked foods don't offer the full benefit of the vitamins and minerals that 'fresh' foods provide.
Before/during/after IVF treatment, eat as much as 8-10 servings of a wide variety of fruit and vegetables a day to ensure you get the optimum amount of trace vitamins and minerals especially Vitamin C, D & E, Folic acid, Calcium and Magnesium.
Avocados, dark leafy greens, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, berries, bananas, pomegranates and oranges are all great foods to include – add a handful of unsalted nuts (brazil / almond) and seeds for omega oils.
Protein is important for IVF Patients
Studies suggest that a high protein diet increases IVF treatment success, but this isn't conclusive. However, eating the right kinds of proteins will help you to maintain a healthy balance. Avoid too much fat and balance chicken and fish with red meat. If you're vegetarian ensure you eat additional greens and beans.
A balanced diet is always important
Fresh milk, cheese and eggs are all good...in moderation. Remember it's the calcium that's important here so alternatives are suitable.
Man cannot live on bread alone
Oats provide low-fat, slow release energy and are an excellent breakfast choice. Or consider a superfood breakfast smoothie containing oats, chia seeds, spinach, kale, fruits and coconut oil instead! Choose whole grain pastas, rice and bread over heavily processed alternatives and minimize the serving sizes of these.
Above all else, pay attention to your hydration – a minimum of 2 litres of water per day is recommended. Limit caffeine to a minimum and avoid alcohol as much as possible – though the occasional glass of quality red wine with a meal won't do any harm.
It's always wise to consult with an IVF nutrition specialist, click for more information.