2: Eating fibre helps detoxification during IVF treatment
In your fertility diet plan, aim for at least 30g of fibre each day. If you make vegetables the bulk of your diet – especially during IVF, this will be easy to achieve. Fibre helps prevent constipation (another common side-effect of IVF shots) and fuels gut bacteria.
Moving your bowels every day is important in supporting detoxification as your body gets rid of old hormones via your stool. Constipation can harm the detoxification process, so include both soluble and insoluble fibre in your diet, from vegetables, oats, legumes, apples, flaxseeds, psyllium, whole grains and chia seeds.
3: Eat the rainbow for varied antioxidants
Eating all the colours of the rainbow every day helps supports egg and sperm quality. Having a varied diet ensures you get an abundance of antioxidants through different pigments that contain different plant nutrients. Different pigments each have unique properties and health benefits. For example, orange-coloured vegetables and fruits (carrots, orange bell peppers, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, turmeric, apricots, blood oranges, cantaloupe, mandarins, passion fruit and papaya) are thought to be supportive of egg quality as they contain carotenoid compounds, antioxidants that are particularly concentrated in the ovaries.
4: Take a prenatal fertility supplement
Fertility multivitamins are also essential to improving fertility treatment success. A high-quality multivitamin will contain methylated B vitamins, such as folate, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6, as well as antioxidant nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium and zinc, that support egg quality by protect egg cells from oxidative stress.