Thanks to in vitro fertilization (IVF), countless people in the San Antonio, TX area have been able to experience the wonders and joys of parenthood. Dr. Joseph E. Martin and his fellow fertility doctors are proud to have helped so many couples achieve their dreams.
One of the most crucial phases of IVF treatment is the period after embryo transfer. It’s a waiting game for patients, and what someone does during that time could potentially lead to a successful IVF cycle or the need for another IVF cycle. We want to discuss the time between embryo transfer and the officially pregnancy test for IVF patients, and how your diet could make the difference in becoming pregnant.
A Two-Week Wait for Results After Embryo Transfer
Embryo transfer is the moment when viable embryos are transferred from the lab to the uterus. The embryo implants along the uterine lining, and we wait two weeks before running a blood test to see if the IVF cycle was successful. Success means pregnancy, and failure means another IVF attempt.
This two-week wait can be stressful, but proper relaxation and aftercare is crucial for IVF success. That includes your diet during this time.
The Key: Eat As If You Are Already Pregnant
First we should point out that there are no miracle foods or superfoods that will improve your chances of IVF success. Similarly, you can’t boost the chances of pregnancy if you start eating well all of a sudden.
Eating healthy in the months leading up to the IVF procedure and the months after the procedure is the best option. We tell patients at Fertility Center of San Antonio to prepare for IVF by eating like they’re already pregnant. That means no alcohol and a focus on fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Ideal Foods and Beverages During IVF and Embryo Transfer
Some good, healthy eating options after embryo transfer include:
- Leafy greens
- Sweet potatoes
Sticking to something like the Mediterranean diet is ideal. That means a focus on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and healthy fats, with limited consumption of red meat.
Foods and Beverages You Should Avoid
During IVF and the embryo transfer phase, you should avoid fish with high mercury content, alcohol, soft cheeses, sodas, processed meats, junk food, and trans fats. When possible, try to stick with whole foods and ingredients rather than processed foods with lots of artificial colors, sweeteners, and ingredients.
A Word on Vitamins and Dietary Supplements
If you regularly take vitamins or dietary supplements, be sure to check with your fertility specialist if you can take these during IVF treatment. Sometimes it may be ideal to stop using these supplements until after a IVF cycle is completed.
Focus on Relaxation as Much as Wellness
Diet isn’t the only important thing to consider after embryo transfer. Patients should also focus on getting ample rest after the process. This helps reduce stress and improves the chances of pregnancy. We’ll go over various methods of care and stress relief as part of the IVF consultation.
Learn More About IVF
For more information one bolstering your chances of IVF success and your many other options for treatment, be sure to contact our team of experienced fertility doctors. You can schedule a consultation at Fertility Center of San Antonio by phone at (210) 692-0577.