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Diet for fertility

Diet Guidelines During IVF

 

Eat more complex (“slow”) carbs and avoid highly processed ones.

Your body digests processed carbs (like cookies, cakes, white bread and white rice) quickly, and turns them into blood sugar. Complex carbs (those containing fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains) are digested slowly and limit insulin. High insulin levels appear to inhibit ovulation.

Avoid trans fats and opt for more healthy unsaturated fats.

Trans fats (found primarily in foods such as commercial baked and snack foods, animal products, french fries and some margarines) increase insulin resistance.
High insulin levels cause a lot of metabolic disturbances that affect ovulation

Get more plant protein

Plant protein (from beans, nuts, seeds) comes with healthy fats and is relatively low in calories

Don’t forget your vitamins:

Eat more To gain
Whole grains B vitamins, vitamin E, fiber
Fruits, vegetables Vitamin C, antioxidants
Lean meats, beans Protein, zinc, iron
Low-fat dairy Protein, calcium
DHA/Omega-3 (Fish,nuts,) Benefits baby’s brain and nervous system development; reduces risk of premature birth
Multivitamin with 400 mcg of folic acid Reduces risk of spinal cord and brain defects, especially in weeks before conception and first trimester of pregnancy

Consume choline:

It helps to reduce harmful gene effects that may result in birth defects, also is important for brain function, among other benefits. Egg yolks, beef liver and Cauliflower have very high choline content.

Drink alcohol sparingly or completely avoid it

Avoid Caffeine altogether

Bonus: Move it.

Getting plenty of exercise during your pre-natal and ante-natal phase will improve your chances of having an easy and comfrortable. This can help avoid back pain, swelling and excessive weight gain.

By Ms. Deepti Tiwari, Dietitian/Nutritionist at the CK Birla Hospital for Women in Gurgaon.

 
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