A healthy diet is always essential for a woman since God has chosen her to bear and nurture the most precious life inside her- ‘A Child’. According to a research on fertility diet by Harvard Medical School, intake of certain foods can improve ovulation without medical interference. Get to know about the best diet changes that will help to boost fertility while you’re undergoing IVF.
According to a scientific study published in the journal ‘Human Reproduction’, females undergoing In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) if found vitamin D deficient may have lesser chances of getting pregnant. Thus, having a vitamin enriched diet plan makes your immune system and hormones function properly thereby increasing your chances of getting successful pregnancy through IVF.
1. Drink Carrot Juice
Although fish and eggs have Vitamin D in them but carrot is a healthier option. Being an excellent source of pro-vitamin A, vitamins – D, C, K, E, B1 and B6, carrot juice can help your body get the right nutrients and enzymes required for fertility. Carrots help boost immunity thereby making your body strong enough to resist diseases. It helps improve the muscle, skin and flesh of the unborn during pregnancy. Not just this, carrots are found excellent in controlling blood sugar levels. Thus consuming it can reduce the chances of diabetes which is essential for a fertile and healthy life. Carrots have also been attributed for decreasing the chances of jaundice in the developing foetus.
2. Believe in Broccoli
Broccoli can be eaten either raw or steamed. This excellent vegetable contains compounds that help your body get rid of excess estrogen for a healthy pregnancy. High in Vitamin C this wonder veggie aids the ovaries in releasing healthy eggs and hence ensure proper ovulation. Broccoli also contains the highest amount of calcium that helps in maintaining the alkalinity of the reproductive tract, ensuring smoother passage for the sperms.
3. Consume Complex Carbs
Studies have found that a higher level of insulin obstructs ovulation. Bad carbs such as cakes, white rice, cookies and wheat flour get digested quickly into blood sugar. In order to maintain the blood sugar level, pancreas secretes insulin into the bloodstream. On the contrary, good carbs present in fruits, fibre, beans, green vegetables and whole grains get digested gradually and hence have a slower effect on blood sugar and insulin.
4. Say ‘NO’ to Trans Fats & ‘YES’ to Unsaturated Fats
As already discussed, high insulin levels leads to metabolic disturbances which affect ovulation. Trans-fats primarily found in foods like snacks, junk foods and animal products tends to restrict insulin in moving glucose from blood to cells. In order to balance this condition, pancreas keeps on pumping more insulin which in turn raises the level of insulin in the body. So cut down trans-fats from your diet and intake unsaturated fats, found mostly in – olive oil, salmon, almonds, peanut butter and avocados.
5. Let ‘Bone Broth’ Lead your Meal
Being an excellent source of minerals, bone broth is one of the perfect foods that not only promotes digestion but also ensures that your metabolism and hormones function properly. Try to include bone broth based soup and sauces in your diet.
6. Skip the Skinny Milk
Just remove those skinny, low-fat milkshakes and replace them with a whole-fat one! Sounds surprising? But researchers found that women drinking low-fat milk often face trouble in getting pregnant. Hormones involved in the process of fertility: estrogen and progesterone prefer fat. Consuming low-fat milk increases the level of male hormone and decreases the level of female hormone. Thus it is recommended to consume full fat or whole milk, cheese, yogurt and other full-fat dairy products for a fertile lifestyle.
7. Make it an EGGILICIOUS Diet
Besides having vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, eggs also contain choline which is essential for preventing neural tube damage thereby helping better brain development of babies during pregnancy. DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) present in eggs promotes fertility in females. However, make sure not to discard the yolk while enjoying your EGGILICIOUS meal as it is there where most of the fertility-boosting nutrients are preserved.
8. Fuel up your Chances with Avocado
Research shows that avocados help improve the lining of the uterus & assist with embryo implantation. Thus, keeping a bowl of fresh avocado salad in your diet will be a ‘blessing’ for that yet-to-come life.
9. Keep Walnuts on your Plate
Walnut acts a wonder food for fertility. Rich in vitamin B complex such as thiamine, folates, riboflavin, walnuts provide the required nutrition for fertility and ensure a safe pregnancy. It also staves off the feeling of nausea during pregnancy and aids in better brain development of the growing foetus.
10. Drink More Water
Drink lots of water regularly. Dehydration during pregnancy can be dangerous. It can lead to major complications such as nausea, headaches, dizziness, cramps, and oedema. Water not only flushes out toxins from your body but also acts as a coolant maintaining your body’s pH levels.
Follow these super diet tips on boosting fertility while you’re IVF. However, always make sure to plan your diet in consultation with your infertility expert.
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