Nutrition During Ivf Process

Foods that aid ivf success

It is as important as ever for couples to pay attention to nutrition during the IVF treatment. Attention to nutrition affects hormone production, semen production, egg count, egg quality, the quality of your uterine lining and many other fertility-related processes. Good nutrition is of great importance in fertility for successful results in IVF treatment.

Unsaturated fats and fatty acids and can help your body better absorb nutrients from other foods.

Protein can stimulate the production of hormones and eggs, which are critical to the high success of IVF treatment.

Carbohydrates can act as a fuel bank for your daily activities and keep your energy high and so they can help protect your reproductive system as well.

Fresh, organic fruit can satisfy your sugar cravings and provide you with a nice nutritional boost. Likewise, fresh and healthy vegetables can also enrich your body with nutrients and boost your reproductive health.

Women undergoing IVF treatment should take at least 15 milligrams of zinc per day in order to increase their reproductive health and maintain their hormonal balance.


Eggs, sunflower seeds, oranges and citrus fruits, avocados, walnuts, oatmeal, full-fat dairy products are some of the breakfast foods that will support nutrition to increase fertility and stay healthy.

Mid-Morning Snack

Snacking of nuts or wheat germ, antioxidant-rich fruits, folate-rich greens mixed with yogurt, dairy-free or low-fat milk will support your IVF treatment.


At lunch during IVF treatment:

Fresh fruit and vegetables,

Lean proteins such as fish and poultry,

Legumes such as beans, chickpeas and lentils,

Avocado, extra virgin olive oil,

Consumption of healthy fats such as nuts and seeds are foods that will help you stay healthy.

Red meat, sugar, refined grains and other highly processed foods should be avoided and salt should be reduced.


Afternoon Snack

Consuming fresh fruit is ideal for lunch snacks. Fresh fruits such as pineapple, citrus fruits, strawberries, grapes, kiwi, apples and papaya should be consumed. It may be preferable to add some spoonful of chia seeds, sesame seeds or sunflower seeds on the fruits.


For dinner, you can choose lighter foods that will not disturb your stomach. You can eat light meals such as easy-to-prepare delicious bowls, greens sautéed in olive oil, grilled vegetables, protein of your choice and tahini-lemon sauce or healthy sauces.

Chemicals to avoid and where they’re found

There are certain foodstuffs that should be avoided during IVF treatment. Consumption of these foodstuffs can inhibit sperm production and lead to low motility.

  • Unnatural sugars and genetically modified foods can ruin your body’s natural balance. Therefore, foods such as cola and sugary snacks should not be preferred.
  • Caffeine not only impairs your fertility but also increases the risk of miscarriage. It can create problems for your health by inhibiting your body’s natural iron and calcium absorption mechanism.
  • Alcohol can persuade your body to give up valuable nutrients such as folic acid and zinc. It also harms eggs and sperm, so it’s a good idea to cut back on drinking while trying to get pregnant.

Medications that may interfere with fertility drugs

While some medications are safe to use before and during pregnancy, these medications can also adversely affect your chances of getting pregnant. It can cause problems during pregnancy or seriously harm the pregnancy process.

Taking high doses of certain supplements, such as vitamin C, can result in unwanted side effects such as nausea or headaches. Vitamin C is one of the healthiest and most natural supplements you can take, as it is an essential vitamin your body needs. However, when used excessively, it also brings about health risks.

Using too much folic acid increases the risk of heart disease and cancer. While folate deficiencies are linked to an increased risk of cancer, there are also risks of taking too much folic acid.

Vitamin A is very important for the health of your eyes, immune system and reproductive system. However, it can cause many problems in case of excessive use. Vitamin A and especially its derivatives should be avoided during pregnancy. According to the National Institutes of Health, using too much Vitamin A in early pregnancy has been found to cause congenital birth defects such as malformations in the eyes, skull, lungs, and heart.

Supplements to take during IVF

Fish oil is often recommended as prenatal vitamin supplements because of its positive effect on infant brain development. There are also studies showing that omega-3 fatty acids increase the fertility of women. It can help improve egg quality, which is essential for getting pregnant.

Vitamin D plays an important role in strengthening the immune system. It is also among the fertility-enhancing vitamins. Best way to get vitamin D is to be exposed to sunlight in a healthy way. At the same time, vitamin D is extremely necessary for the development of healthy hormones.

Vitamin E is essential for ovarian health. It also acts as an anti-aging antioxidant. Vitamin E supplements can be used to support egg quality for a woman who is trying to get pregnant at a later age.

Folic acid is used throughout pregnancy to reduce the risk of pregnancy complications. Folic acid also increases the fertility rate immensely.


Can you drink alcohol during IVF?

Regarding alcohol consumption in IVF treatment, several studies have evaluated adverse effects of alcohol on fertilization, embryo quality, and implantation. For this reason, it is recommended that women avoid alcohol use just before IVF treatment and throughout pregnancy.

Foods which increase fertility?

A nutritious and balanced diet can support overall health, including reproductive health, and increase the chances of pregnancy in both men and women. Foods that can increase fertility

  • Sunflower seeds,
  • Citrus Fruits,
  • Ripe Cheeses,
  • Full Fat Dairy Products,
  • Liver,

Cooked Tomatoes,

  • Beans and Lentils,
  • Pomegranate,
  • Pineapple,
  • cinnamon.

Foods which decrease fertility?

Avoiding certain foods during pregnancy is very important so that fertility can be enhanced.

Soda and other high-sugar foods

High-carb foods: pasta, cereals, bread, baked goods, potatoes, etc.

Low-fat dairy products

Trans fats

Processed meats

Excessive alcohol

Excessive caffeine

Processed foods

High mercury fish

Soy-based foods

..can reduce the likelihood of conception and may even be harmful to a potential pregnancy.

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