Your health and chances of having a baby can be increased by the foods you eat.
Your menstrual cycle can also affect the timing of your food intake. You can make a difference in your fertility by eating avocados. But it’s not the healthy fat. It’s the timing.
It all works. How does food work as fertile medicine for our bodies?
We must first understand the predictable monthly orchestration of women’s hormones (e.g., estrogen and progesterone). Food choices can either support or hinder this process.
To achieve a successful pregnancy, it doesn’t matter whether you are using IVF, trying naturally, or preparing to transfer donor eggs.
This will make it easier for women to attempt their fertility cycle. She will feel more confident and positive. Not only will she feel happier, but her egg quality will also be significantly better. This will impact the chance of her having a normal embryo and ultimately, a healthy baby.
There are four phases of menstruation. These are the core of your fertility plan. The way each phase works will dictate which foods you should consume. These are the four phases of IVF: 1) ovarian suppression; 2) ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval; and 3) implant and 4) possible pregnancy.
Phase 1 refers to days when estrogen levels are lowest. Phase 2 is when the follicles mature and prepare for the release of a viable embryo. (Estrogen levels are rising). Phase 3 involves fertilization with sperm and possibly an embryo implant. (Estrogens as well as progesterone are both high). Phase 4 refers to your premenstrual period. It’s characterized by hormone imbalances and mood swings (fluctuating progesterone and estrogen).
The more you know about the hormonal changes in each phase of your cycle, the easier it will be to supplement your nutrition with proper nutrition.
Your goal for Phase I is to cleanse your menstrual cycle and reset your hormones. To synchronize the smallest of your follicles, you might be taking fertility medication or birth control pills at this time. Your body is releasing its lining from previous cycles. The body can be cleansed by eating foods high in cellulose such as green leafy vegetables and prepared kale. The cleanse can be helped by steaming leafy green vegetables like broccoli or prepared kale. These foods can be used to help the womb remove the old lining and prepare for the new one.
Phase 2 will support your follicular health through providing good fats and minerals. These foods (eggs yolks, full-fat milk and full-fat seafood are just a few) provide the egg cells with the nutrients they need in order to mature faster. Good fats can be used to help the body respond to fertility medication. It’s like this: I’m eating eggs in order to produce better eggs.
Phase 3 has the goal to help embryo implantation succeed. For vulnerable embryos, it is best to eat foods high in protein. These include slow-cooked, meat-based broths as well as soups and stews. Nothing cold, or straight from a refrigerator in the days immediately following your transfer! Those foods cause cramping.
Fiber-rich, “red”, foods during Phase 4 will help to maintain hormone balance, and nourish the uterine walls. Some good snacks include low-sugar trail mix and red fruits like raspberries. Red tomato-based sauces for meat will be especially satisfying for women in this phase. For more information about fertilization visit fertility clinic.