Nutrition Tips for IVF Embryo Implantation

Alright! So you have  foods to eat for ivf transfer daymade it to this point and you survived!  To make it this far you have endured numerous visits to the doctor and a veritable roller coaster of up and down emotions to arrive at this point in your journey. 

I know it wasn’t easy, so absolutely take the time to pat yourself on the back a little and remind yourself you are doing a great job! If you are pouring over information and investing the subject of  What Foods to Eat Before Embryo Transfer Day it typically indicates you are attempting to get pregnant with IVF. I wish you nothing but success, you deserve it!

As an acupuncture physician who is currently working with women going through the IVF process on a daily basis, I often am asked for my very best advice on the best foods to eat before IVF embryo transfer. 

What Foods Should You Eat Before IVF Transfer Day?

I’ll begin with this – a great majority of women are confused surrounding the subject of what to eat for an IVF pregnancy. It doesn’t have to be quite so confusing, but I believe a major contributor to the issue is today’s modern diet & nutrition culture. Almost anywhere you look it appears we have all been led to believe that only thin is beautiful or that every woman’s body should be the same. Somehow, for years, we have allowed diet fads to make villains out of food staples such as bread and grains, and even convince us that eating fruit might make you fat. 

As tempting as the results from a host of elimination diets may seem, the issue is – these eating regimens are often not sustainable over the longer term. Elimination diets can actually signal deprivation to your body and can lead to issues with hormonal balance and mood swings. If you’ve already taken IVF hormones, I know the last thing you want to think about is something else in the mix that can lead to mood swings! 

A refreshing and more enjoyable approach to eating for IVF success: Eat the foods that you like, and in portions that lead to you feeling satisfied, do focus mostly on plants, and ensure that you get variety in your diet. It really can be just that easy and straightforward! Maybe you currently feel that you buy the same three to five veggies and fruits each and every week? Try and mix it up a little.  New research has indicated that the quantity of varying plants you consume in a week positively correlates with enjoying a diverse and healthy microbiome. In summary, a greater variety of healthy fruits and vegetables leads to more healthy benefits

My goal is to get you to think more outside the box as it pertains to the foods you eat in your IVF diet! What follows are some suggestions for foods you might not have considered before. If in reading this you find more food for thought in this blog post – haha – I invite you to comment on one of my instagram posts with what you liked most.

Foods & Superfoods for the IVF Pregnancy Diet

Fennel –

 

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An IVF pregnancy superfood: Fennel is an often overlooked vegetable because many are unsure what to do with it. Turns out it is an incredibly versatile green veggie that makes a beautiful compliment to your IVF nutrition routine. Fennel is rich in fiber and minerals to help keep your digestion regular, something I know can be thrown off balance while taking hormones. Fennel has properties to help decrease inflammation – something which is crucial for embryo implantation. 


Eaten raw, fennel can be thinly sliced for salads – look for the included recipe below in this post! Another way to enjoy fennel raw is by adding some to a smoothie if you have a high speed blender, it adds such a nice flavor. As a cooked veggie, fennel tastes wonderful paired with seafood or added to tomato sauce dishes. 


Anthocyanin –

 

Anthocyanin helps your body make a safe space for your embryo: I would be willing to bet that as you have done your reading to prepare for IVF, you’ve come to one conclusion – inflammation is bad for your embryo. This is true, but nature gives us lots of tools to help balance inflammation in the body. Including lots of antioxidants in your diet is easy when you focus on different colored foods. In particular, we are focusing on foods that are red or purple in color

 

Oranges & Grapefruit –


Blood oranges and pink grapefruits: not only are these citrus rich in folate, these red and pink colored fruits provide loads of anthocyanin. These particular citrus happen to taste fantastic when paired with the above mentioned fennel as well. 

 

Beets –


Breaking down the beet: love them or hate them, I find beets to be a very divisive vegetable. This is funny to me because I often find when someone tells me they don’t like a particular vegetable, it usually comes from having tasted it in a way that wasn’t prepared well. That being said, I find I like beets best when they have been super thinly sliced raw and added to a salad or if they have been roasted in the oven with balsamic and rosemary. 

 

Onion & Garlic –


Purple onions: do you normally cook with onions and garlic? If yes, great! These two root veggies act as natural blood thinners and can be helpful for implantation. If you often choose white or yellow onions, switch it up and choose purple onions for the extra boost of anthocyanin you will receive. 


If there are foods on any list that you don’t enjoy, that’s ok! You don’t have to force yourself to eat anything, there are always other options, even to the beloved pineapple or avocado. 

You Won't Want to Necessarily Consume Produce Exclusively, so Just What Else is Good to Eat for Your Embaby?

IVF Diet – Fish 

Eating fish several times a week is your richest most absorbable source of Omega-3 oil. You can’t have raw fish during pregnancy, but including cooked fish in your diet is a healthy option. Fish that is safe to have during pregnancy includes mahi, wild salmon, tuna, cod, and sardines.

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IVF Diet – Omega 3’s   

Other foods contain healthy Omega-3 oils, such as walnuts, flaxseeds, and edamame to name a few. These should be regularly included in your IVF diet as well.

 

IVF Diet – Beans & Lentils   

Beans and lentils are inexpensive plant based gold when it comes to eating for embryo transfer success. In a side by side comparison of beef to lentils, you will actually find lentils to be the more nutrient dense food. Lentils supply a combination of protein and fiber to boost energy and help you feel full. Beef on the other hand contains more than twice the calories, saturated fat, and zero fiber. 

If you’re not sure where to begin with dried beans and lentils, you can always start with canned. These options will be already cooked for you and easy to add to your meal, just remember to shop for canned foods that do not contain BPA in the liner. The label will tell you if it is BPA free. When you are ready to venture into cooking them yourself, start with lentils. They don’t require pre-soaking and are as easy to cook as a pot of rice on the stove top. 

Fennel & Blood Orange Salad Recipe: 

Ingredients: – Fennel bulb, thinly sliced on a mandolin or very carefully with a sharp knife – Feathery fennel fronds – 1 Blood orange or pink grapefruit, peeled and separated into sections – Walnuts, finely chopped – Extra virgin olive oil – Honey (or maple syrup) – Salt and Pepper – Fresh, soft goat cheese – optional 

 

Method:

– Begin by washing and slicing the fennel very thin, retain the fronds for topping the salad
– Peel and section citrus of your choice
– Combine fennel, citrus wedges, walnuts together in bowl or lay out on a salad serving
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– Dress with a fruity olive oil, a drizzle of honey to taste, salt and pepper
– Sprinkle with fennel fronds
– Optional top with dollops of soft goat cheese

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