When we started IVF, my RE gave me few guidelines on what I can and can not have. Here they are.
* No smoking
* No alcohol
* No more than one cup of coffee a day
* No herbal medications
These rules are easy for me to follow. I do not drink coffee and I gave up alcohol several months ago. In fact, all I really drink is water and lots of it! I also do not smoke and have never used herbal medications.
Besides maintaining a balanced diet and healthy weight, my RE is not too concerned as to what I eat. For me, it is important to give myself the best chance of success and that may be affected by what I eat. That is actually why I started this blog in January! My infertility is unexplained so I have attempted to attack it holistically. I have had every test known to mankind to diagnose my infertility but not one doctor has asked me about my eating habits. I even met with a nutritionist but they did not really have any specific suggestions on how I could address my infertility.
Since January, I have done everything I can to prepare myself for IVF. This includes adopting some major eating habit changes. Now that IVF is in full swing, I am concerned that I may be missing something or doing something wrong, especially food wise. The more time I spend with Dr.Google, the more convinced of this I become. Here is what I am doing now that IVF has started.
* I have upped my protein to about 70 grams per day. I do not like red meat or pork so to do this, I am eating lots of eggs, chicken, almonds, broccoli, peas, shrimp, and yogurt.
* I have cut down on carbs to about 100 grams per day. I gave up pasta which is one of my favorite foods :(. I still eat bread occasionally.
* I make sure I drink plenty of water every day.
* No artificial sweeteners.
* No desserts. I still have sugar in my diet but this is mainly from other sources. For example, I can not eat plain yogurt so I mix one plain and one flavored. I get about 25 – 30 grams per day.
Here are some things I am still trying to figure out.
* I have read that cheese can be bad for an IVF cycle. I think it has something to do with Chinese medicine. They say it makes the womb slippery which is bad. Has anyone else heard of this or decided to cut out cheese?
* Some sources I read says dairy is good for IVF and others say it is bad. I do drink almond milk but my yogurt is from cows milk. Should I switch that out?
* I do plan to do the pineapple thing. What do people think about that?
* Many people have suggested I drink Gatorade after ET. It seems like there is a lot of sugar and salt in it. For those of you who have been through this, do you recommend drinking Gatorade?
Is there anything I am missing (I am sure there is)? Any input is appreciated! I know there is no way I can do everything right but I am giving things my best shot. – Jennie