How to prepare for IVF? Foods to eat?

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How to prepare for IVF? Foods to eat?

Post by 21bat » Sat Jan 05, 2008 6:43 pm

I just wanted to know if there is anything natural I can do to help with IVF? Any foods I should be eating in particular?

I know that I need to drink lots of water and take pre-natal vitamins...I've been doing that, but I should be doing more I think. Relaxing is probably a big one, but that's easier said than done :)

I read on this forum that you should eat pineapple 5-7days after ET :shock: because there's some enzyme that helps with implantation. Whether it's true or not, it is worth a try :)
Me - 24; DH - 26,
Blocked tubes/hydrosalpinx
1st IVF 1/08, 2/12 - BFP, but empty sac found @ 6.5wks
2nd attempt FET - May


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Post by melinda:) » Sat Jan 05, 2008 6:53 pm

i was not really told anything but i did do the pinapple!!!!!melinda :D
me 28 dh 32 1st ivf-we are pregnant!!!!oct 29


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Post by 21bat » Sat Jan 05, 2008 6:58 pm

Melinda, you did the pineapple? And you're pregnant! CONGRATS :D Maybe it'll work for me! I'll definitely try it! :)

Was this your first IVF?
How was the process for you in general? Did the shots hurt? Did you get moody? Did you find any special ways to relax during and after ET?

I am starting my injectins 1/9. I just got my Lupron delivered today - so many needles! YIKES! I am such a baby when it comes to pain...hopefully it won't be so bad.
Me - 24; DH - 26,
Blocked tubes/hydrosalpinx
1st IVF 1/08, 2/12 - BFP, but empty sac found @ 6.5wks
2nd attempt FET - May

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Post by TammyS » Sat Jan 05, 2008 8:43 pm

I asked my doc at the Cleveland Clinic...he said try to eat lower carbs. But mainly a balanced diet...everything in moderation. :D
IVF 1~1.28.08 Zach
IVF 2~4.5.10 M/C
IVF 3~8.6.10 BFN
IVF 4~9.5.10 M/C
IVF 5~10.30.10 BFN
IVF 6~11.29.10 M/C
IVF 7~2.3.11 M/C
IVF 8~Cancelled
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Post by tinaO » Sat Jan 05, 2008 10:01 pm

21bat - You will be fine! Don't worry about the needles! I hated them before IVF and was so freaked out as I have a low tolerance for pain, but you get used to it! Trust me! I am on the intramuscular shots (of progesterone) right now and have to stay on them for another 5 weeks. I now feel like I can handle any shots! The only time the shots getting really bad is right before ER. You are just tired of them all, feeling so bloated, and as for me - I was just ready to get the show on the road! Other than that, I didn't get any mood swings...a little grouchy as my ovaries started to swell and I felt so bloated, but other than that - I did fine with the meds! Oh - and ER is a breeze! I was so scared of it that I totally freaked myself out, but it was really nothing! And trust me - I am a wimp! :)

As for what to eat, I pretty much are like I normally do (which is pretty healthy), contined to have a cup of coffee in the morning, exercised regularly, and continued to drink an occassional glass or two of wine up until I did the ET. Yes, I did eat pineapple a couple of times, but not much of it. I also did 5 sessions of accupuncture before ER, after ER, and after ET. The most important advice I can give you is try to relax, take long walks, and think positive!!! The less you stress and just take it easy, I think the better everyone's chances! And yes - definitely take your prenatal vitamins. Most of all - good luck! I got pregnant on my first try, so you can also! :D
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1st IVF: BFP
Noah was born 8/20/08; he's our world!
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Post by KatieG » Sat Jan 05, 2008 11:31 pm

woo-hoo im gonna try pineapple. although im not sure its in season. ET is still a ways away so hopefully ill remember.
ME 29 DH31
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Post by 21bat » Sun Jan 06, 2008 12:00 am

Thanks Tina!! :)
Your post really calmed me down and cheered me up! Not sure which part exactly...probably all of it :P
Me - 24; DH - 26,
Blocked tubes/hydrosalpinx
1st IVF 1/08, 2/12 - BFP, but empty sac found @ 6.5wks
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Post by Cocoa » Sun Jan 06, 2008 12:09 am

I ate pineapple for weeks prior to my ET and then for 5 days after. I also took L-arginine for 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after ET - an essential amino acid which is recommended for fertility. I'm having B/G twins!!!

Good luck...

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B/G TWINS!!! Due 4/30/08 Born Friday April 4th, 2008 at 36w 2d Baby girl A 6 lbs 7 oz Baby boy B 6 lbs 3 oz

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Post by Anie » Mon Jan 07, 2008 6:24 pm


Just few more information: ... health.htm

The Hormone-balancing Diet

Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
Eat complex carbohydrates - wholegrains like brown rice, oats, wholemeal bread
Buy organic foods where possible
Eat phytoestrogens, including beans such as lentils, chickpeas and Soya products
Eat oily foods, including fish, nuts, seeds and oils
Reduce your intake of saturated fat from dairy products, etc.
Drink enough fluids
Increase your intake of fibre
Avoid additives, preservatives and chemicals such as artificial sweeteners
Reduce your intake of caffeine
Reduce alcohol
Avoid sugar on its own and hidden in foods

Good Luck
Anie :)
Anie :) Me 32, DH 34
1st IVF : Aug/07 - 6eggs but no fertilization :(
2nd ICSI: Oct/07 - test:22/Nov=BFN :(
3th ICSI: July/08; Testing:5th Sept-BFP :D


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Post by waitingforMia » Mon Jan 07, 2008 9:06 pm

Is canned pineapple ok? And how much did ya'll eat?
Me: 28 Dh:32
TTC 8 yrs
2/3 2 blasts transferred
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Post by hopin4ababy » Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:00 pm

I too am doing the pineapple thing, but I am drinking the juice. I haven't thought about eating the fruit but always a good idea! I also am drinking a glass of grapefruit juice a day! I heard it can help thicken the CM and therefore helps with implantation too. Has anyone else heard this?


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Post by LostGirl » Sat Jan 12, 2008 10:28 pm

I think it's important to eat healthy for sure. So I ate a lot of veggies, ate a lot of fruit, and limited corn syrup, which if you read labels is in everything. I upped the amount of yogurt I ate.

As for exercise, I used to be a triathlete. So back then, I was a nut, working out 12 times a week. Yes that means double workouts 6 days a week. I started to cut back over the last 18 months, and got down to 6 workouts a week, with lots of swimming. I try to exercise during the Lupron phase, but once I got to the fertility meds, I slept a lot. A nap after work then off to bed at 9pm.
During my two week wait, I did nothing but chill, and sleep. I only walked for exercise twice and that was just a mile.

Now i'm pregnant... and started walking more.
Me: 37 DH:40 TTC since 2005. First IVF cycle canceled. 2nd cycle BFP 1/11. DS arrived late 2008. 3rd cycle, U/s 3/7. Devastated. NO fetal pole or HB.

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