IVF or In Vitro Fertilization is one of the most popular and successful assisted reproductive techniques performed around the world. The process involves collecting sperm cells and eggs from the respective partners and mixing them together in a laboratory. After fertilization is achieved, the resulting embryo is injected directly into the woman’s body.
Now there are several stages of an IVF cycle. Sometimes couples might need more than one cycle to get pregnant. During this phase, both the male and the female partners are recommended to have a properly balanced diet, which helps them to maintain hormonal balance in the body.
What to eat during the IVF cycle?
Recent research shows that the Mediterranean diet works great for both partners. Here are a few things to eat:
- Foods that are rich in zinc help to maintain the hormonal level in the body. Eat whole grains products, potatoes, nuts, and low-fat milk products to have enough zinc in the body.
- Carbohydrate intake is essential to provide you with energy during this phase. Try to have healthy carbohydrate foods like fruits, and grains to gain energy.
- Try to have lean proteins like poultry and fish. Do not have red meat at this stage.
- Obesity is one of the biggest reasons behind infertility. So your main aim is to reduce fat from the body and yet intake adequate energy. Avoid packaged foods, oily food, sugars and high-fat dairy products.
- Have more beans chickpeas and lentils that will help you to remain full throughout the day and yet not increase body fat. You can have healthy fats like avocado, extra virgin olive etc.
Say no to Tobacco and alcohol
Both tobacco and alcohol intake affect the hormonal balance in the body. This might result in the failure of the IVF process. So to achieve a successful pregnancy through IVF, QUIT both tobacco and alcohol!