Your diet has a huge impact on your fertility and ability to become pregnant naturally and the same applies when you are undergoing an IVF procedure. There are, of course, many factors which influence the success of the procedure but concentrating on good foods for IVF treatment can improve your chances.
Ideally, you should begin modifying your diet well before your procedure. Indeed, the longer you eat the right kinds of food the better. However, if you do not have the luxury of time, then do not despair because even if your cycle has started, it is never too late to change what you eat for the better.
There are many common-sense principles to apply to eating a healthy diet to boost fertility. A good starting point is to eat organic foods wherever possible as these are grown without the use of pesticides or hormonal treatment. If you simply cannot do this, then wash all produce well and peel fruits and vegetables thinly to remove any residue but yet still retain the bulk of the nutrients which are often just under the skin.
Good foods for IVF treatment include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, wholegrains, brown bread, nuts, lentils, beans seeds and sprouting vegetables. Unsaturated oils such as sunflower and olive, are also very good for you in moderation as is lean organic meats and fish which has been farmed in non-polluted waters. You should also include 2 liters of filtered water as this keeps the reproductive organs hydrated.
One fruit worthy of mention is the pineapple. A constituent of pineapple, Bromelin, can help to reduce inflammation and is believed to increase the chances of implantation so include a couple of portions each day.
Foods rich in Vitamin B6 and Folic acid are particularly good foods for IVF treatment, so increase your intake of leafy green vegetables and nuts. Also, you might want to check with your doctor about taking a specialised pre-conception supplement. These are available for both men and women.