We are currently at the start of April 2020 and many women are discovering that their IVF cycle has been postponed or cancelled.
For the very first time, maybe in our lifetime, we are experiencing trauma with a worldwide impact that could forever change us.
Please continually remind yourself that it is ok to feel grief, it is ok to be more sedentary at home, and while your IVF cycle may be postponed – all hope is not lost.
What To Eat Tips For Successful IVF Embryo Implantation
If you are suddenly in the situation where you are working from home, you may also discover that as a result you’ve got additional free time to do online research for answers to worrisome questions that can just lead to additional confusion and stress. Instead, you could be making better use of this additional time to help prepare your body for your future IVF pregnancy. The process of preparing your body for IVF and embryo implantation lead to feelings of overwhelm when you don’t have a plan of action. If what you want is a clear, easy, well-laid out course of action to get you prepared for your upcoming IVF cycle, click here and discover our IVF Peace of Mind guidebook. In the meantime, let’s talk some more about implantation success!
What Happens During Embryo Implantation
Successful implantation occurs when an embryo binds with the uterine wall, also known as the endometrium, and remains in place until birth. An embryo will remain in place thanks to the help of integrins, a type of cell-adhesion molecule, that are present in the lining of the uterus and on the surface of your embryo.
Think of integrins as a type of sticky cell glue, they help embryos stay in place! Once your embryo binds in place it uses enzymes to actually digest some of the uterine lining, allowing it to burrow itself into place in your uterine wall.
Eating and digesting form the primary way we survive, even at the most basic level! Fascinating! This is the very reason why it is so important to fine tune what you eat in order to prepare for embryo implantation.
Why your uterine lining is so important in IVF
In order for this embryo binding process to happen, a number of changes occur inside your uterus first. It’s kind of like a beautiful dance sequence – all of the steps must happen in the correct timing in order for it to work properly.
Step one, your uterine lining thickens from the presence of estrogen in your system. Secondly, progesterone signals the release of white blood cells to enrich the capillaries in your uterus. In addition, fluids and sugars flood the lining in preparation to feed the embryo.
Remember, a brand new embryo doesn’t have an umbilical cord attached to you yet! The only way an embryo can eat and thrive is via a healthy uterine lining until it is developed enough to share your blood supply! This means your uterine lining is key to your embryo’s survival and happiness.
Is There a Chance of Ectopic Implantation After Transfer?
IVF greatly reduces the risk of ectopic pregnancies, in fact it is a major reason some women choose to do IVF! Yes, there is still a small risk of ectopic implantation after IVF, so this is all the more reason to focus on a healthy, fertile, and receptive uterine lining for embryo implantation.
What are the Best Foods to Eat for Embryo Implantation?
There is a reason pineapple has become the totem of IVF! This particular fruit What Foods to Eat for IVF Embryo Transfer Day
improves your uterine lining by having anti-inflammatory properties and improving blood flow. If you don’t like pineapple or you are allergic, that’s ok! You can try other fruits with high enzymes like kiwis or apples.
Rich in folate, protein, and healthy fats – nuts are some of the best foods to keep
around when you are trying to get pregnant. All types of nuts contain health benefits, but some of the best to eat are almonds, macadamias, or brazil nuts.
Great to add to snack mixes or salads, seeds also provide healthy fats and
essential minerals. A great item to add to your fertility pantry is tahini – sesame seed butter. Tahini is a versatile ingredient that can be added to salad dressings, dips, and sauces. Tahini and other seed butters will help you nourish your body for implantation success.
– Whole grains:
At a time when pantry staples are once again peaking in popularity, it can be an interesting project to see which types of whole grains you enjoy. Most of them are relatively easy to cook, like cooking rice but sometimes longer.
Prepare a pot of any type of whole grain and you have a diverse ingredient that will provide the basis for many different types of meals. Some whole grains I enjoy include rolled oats, millet, buckwheat, freekeh (green cracked wheat), and quinoa. You can used cooked whole grains as a breakfast cereal, as a base for a grain and veggie bowl, or as a sprinkle on top of soup or salad to add heartiness and fiber.
Recipe: Implantation Pineapple Salsa: –
1 cup chopped fresh pineapple (mango can substitute) – 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro – 1/4 cup chopped fresh red onion or chopped green onions – 1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper – 1/2 chopped green chile or red pepper flakes (optional) – drizzle of honey or maple syrup to taste – sprinkle of sea salt, generous grind of coarse black pepper.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
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