Although the most effective method for the achievement of pregnancy, in vitro fertilization is not omnipotent and is not a "magic wand" in struggle with infertility.
As the In vitro fertilization is not a "magic wand" that guarantees success, so it would not be correct to say that certain foods, and related type of diet certainly leads to an increased chance of success, as well as believing in miraculous plants that lead to a cure for infertility, although some herbal preparations can have a positive effect to the number of processes in these proceedings.
However, there are certain things that we can influence, so that nutrition of women and men who are undergoing In vitro fertilization procedure should satisfy the postulates of healthy, well-balanced diet with sufficient intake of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients.
Maintaining ideal body weight is one of the factors that we can influence, which can contribute to the success. BMI for women over 30 and especially above 35 decreases the chance of IVF success. Besides proper nutrition, it is certainly advisable to practice moderate physical activity. If required, one can consult a nutritionist in order to make an appropriate plan for each patient.
In general, habits such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, inadequate nutrition harm your chances of success, while the principles of healthy living, physical activity, nutrition, yoga and other activities can positively affect the success of IVF.
It is advisable to consume whole grains cereals in the diet, fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as proteins with less fat content contained primarily in fish, dairy products, poultry meat other "lean" meat as well as plant-based protein. Iron, folic acid and its derivatives are particularly important in this preconception period and they are found in green vegetables to a greater extent, but vitamin cocktails with the ingredients in the form of prenatal pills are often recommend.
Foods high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids are particularly suitable for people who enter the process of in vitro fertilization. A little of red wine, olive oil, meat and fish are traditional sources of these ingredients. It should be cautious with a fish, since certain species, due to the contamination of the sea, have high level of mercury, which is certainly not a friend of the planned pregnancy. Therefore, one should choose fish that are known to contain less mercury, such as trout, salmon, catfish and others.
Among men was, in addition to the above, increased consumption of zinc, selenium and other antioxidants is advisable, at least 3 months before the IVF procedure. The intake of coffee and other caffeinated preparations should be reduced to 2 doses per day. Alcohol consumption should not be more than half a glass of red wine until the beginning of the cycle, and after that it should stop completely.
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