IVF diet plan: What foods to eat and avoid for a successful pregnancy

When you make the decision to go through IVF to try for a baby, you have to accept there are many things out of your control and that success is not guaranteed. According to the NHS website, between 2014 and 2016 the percentage of IVF treatments that resulted in a live birth was: 29% for women under 35, 23% for women aged 35 to 37, 15% for women aged 38 to 39 and 9% for women aged 40 to 42.  

Having said that, one of the things which you can control when trying to conceive through IVF is your diet and lifestyle. While making changes to this aspect of your life does not guarantee success, it is generally agreed among doctors in the industry that it can help increase your odds.

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Mediterranean IVF Diet Plan  

Loads of good information can be found online around fertility, but there is also plenty of misinformation. If you have searched around on the subject of diet and fertility before, you might have seen a lot of information regarding having a ‘Mediterranean diet’ and the benefits that are associated with it.

 

Does the Mediterranean diet work?

The first question is how reliable is this information? Well, there have actually been clinical studies in both men and women which have measured the effects of having a MedDiet (Mediterranean diet), on fertility and the results are eye-opening. 

In men, a study concluded, “Greater adherence to the MedDiet, as assessed through the validated Mediterranean diet score (MedDietScore), was significantly associated with higher sperm concentration, total sperm count and sperm motility.” 

In women, a study concluded, “Greater adherence to the MedDiet, defined using the validated Mediterranean diet score (MedDietScore), was associated with a higher likelihood of achieving clinical pregnancy and live birth among non-obese women <35 years of age.” 

These studies involved a good number of participants and the results were fairly conclusive.  

What does a MedDiet consist of? 

 

Med IVF diet

 

A Mediterranean diet is mainly based around fruit, vegetables, whole grain, nuts, spices, legumes and olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil has the added benefit in being rich in healthy fats and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins. 

You should supplement these foods with seafood, white meat, eggs, cheese and yogurt a couple of times a week. 

Furthermore, you should look to be eating red meat only once a week at most.

Foods to avoid in your IVF diet plan:

  • Fizzy drinks, ice cream, refined sugar
  • White bread, pasta made with refined wheat, etc.
  • Trans fats – these are found in fried foods, margarine and baked goods (e.g. cakes and pies) 
  • Processed meat e.g. sausages
  • Highly processed foods e.g. ready meals 

Use Impryl before an IVF cycle

The chances of success in IVF are improving as we learn more and technology advances. However, the odds are still not in favour of those about to go through it. One proven way to boost your chances is to try and stick to a Mediterranean diet and give your body the best possible chance to conceive. 

Impryl is made up of activated micronutrients which are found in a Mediterranean diet and can help optimise your egg or sperm cells. There are also clinical trials that show a greater chance of success for sub-fertile couples to get pregnant when taking Impryl.  This is why we recommend that both men and women supplement their diet with Impryl before they go through an IVF cycle.