Generally speaking, the best diet to have with IVF treatment is a healthy diet. It sorta makes sense doesn’t it? That it would be something quite similar to a Preconception Detox, where you are avoiding alcohol, smoking, and other junk food to support your body’s chances of optimal health and IVF success.
A good balance of macronutrients: proteins, carbohydrates and healthy fats allows the body to not be overwhelmed by any drastic changes in metabolic needs. Choosing a well-rounded multivitamin and antioxidant supplement may also be beneficial.
With IVF treatment specifically, however, you are being prescribed hormone altering medications, which often come with their list of side effects including nausea, abdominal pain, insomnia, and other discomforts. Adequate nutritional support can help to decrease the severity of such symptoms, and gentle herbal interventions (eg. herbal teas) may also help as well.
As your liver is working hard to metabolise the medications you’ve been prescribed, it’s also good to fill up your meals with some liver supporting foods (rather than high-dose liver herbs, in case of over-stimulating the liver and affecting your IVF treatment).
There has also been research into adopting a Mediterranean diet for IVF success. Though there hasn’t been significant enough positive findings, it was a gradual improvement in IVF success compared to non-Mediterranean diet women in a study group of 244 non-obese women in Greece.
If you’re in the Brisbane area and would like a personalised meal plan for your IVF treatment, book in for a consultation with me in the city to further discuss your needs.