I think I just (sadly) had my last chocolate for the year...someone brought in Belgian chocolates to the office, which I took to be a good sign since my IVF clinic is in Belgium and I happily gobbled up 2, actually 3 good pieces. Now this? I know to avoid sugar, but specifically chocolate? Ugh. Oh well, I hope my body appreciates it and turns into a super egg-maker in the next two weeks.
How how can you prepare yourself for such an exhausting experience?
Excellent preparation prior to each cycle of IVF will multiply your chances of a successful result, diminish the side effects you'll experience from fertility drugs, and help your body to recover quickly afterwards. You can break down your preparation into three core areas: dietary, physical and psychological.
Dietary: A well balanced diet with plenty of hydration (you should drink around three liters of water everyday) is a must to ensure positive outcome. Foods to avoid by all means are chocolate, processed and canned foods and the ones with high sugar content. You must increase your daily uptake of proteins since low levels of protein in your body can lead to the production of fewer eggs. Needless to mention, smoking, drinking and illegal drugs are totally detrimental. If you are on any prescription medication, make certain that your fertility expert is aware of this. One must take a daily multivitamin, as certain vitamins can help you to produce eggs and create most favorable conditions in your uterus for the cultivation of embryos. You must speak to your fertility specialist before making any fundamental changes to your diet or starting on any course of vitamins, antibiotics or herbal supplements.