My 2 Week IVF Plan: Pre-Retrevial Diet.

I’ll be starting my first IVF cycle in 11 days! I’m super excited and nervous. I feel like all my TTC years have come to this cumulation and now is the time where I really have an ACTUAL SIGNIFICANT CHANCE to get pregnant. I want to do everything perfectly! I am aware that even if I do everything perfectly, I still have about 50% chance of success. I believe every little bit helps and focusing on doing positive things helps me to feel peaceful and in control.

Disclosure: I am not a doctor/nutritionist the following should not be regarded as medical advice. Links in this post may be affliated if you purchase may give me a small comission at no cost to you.

Diet:

Drink Plenty of water through out the day (not from plastic water bottles!) invest in a double walled stainless steel water bottle, it keeps your water cool for 12-24 hours!

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Breakfast: Decaf green tea with juice from 1/2 lemon, Vitamins.

Lunch:

1 hard-boiled free range organic egg

1/2 avocado

Mason Jar Salad with homemade dressing: Mason jar salads are layered to prevent the dressing from getting things soggy. Dressing goes in first then more solid veggies, then more delicate veggies/toppings. Then greens.

1.5 tsp Organic Extra virgin olive oil & 1 tsp Apple cider vinegar, dash of each Himalayan sea salt, fresh ground pepper, garlic powder, oregano. mix thoroughly with a spoon. this goes in the jar first.

Next add veggies of choice, I use chopped cabbage, red onion, walnuts, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), then my romaine & spinach. Put the lid on and keep refrigerated. I make enough to last 5 days during the week so I can take them to work for my lunches.

I use a separate mason jar for my salmon. I used canned salmon from aldi’s because it is wild caught and BPA free, and A LOT less expensive than the fancy smaller cans you find in the organic section of typical grocery stores. You could also use salmon filets if desired. I mix my salmon with a little homemade mayo.

1 minute Mason Jar Mayo (need immersion blender):

Pour 1 cup of olive oil in a wide mouth mason jar, I use regular olive oil, not extra virgin to get a more neutral flavor. Crack and add in 1 farm fresh egg (don’t use conventional eggs because of salmonella concerns). Add in a generous pinch of himalayan salt and fresh ground pepper. Put immersion blender to the bottom of the jar, turn it on and let it blend for 15-30 seconds, then slowly bring the blender upwards to continue emulsifying the egg & oil. store mayo in fridge for up to 7 days.

My Daily Fertility Drink (Pro-biotic)

4 oz pure pomegranate juice (aldis!)

1 tbs Chia seeds, 1 TBS ground flax seeds, 1 tsp spirulina

4-6 oz grass-fed Keifer (lifeway is a great brand). Stir together and let stand for minimum 5 minutes to let the chia seeds soak a bit. The drink is a little crunchy, but the flavor is pretty good!

I usually have this with dinner but would be good for breakfast or lunch or somewhere in between!

Dinner:

Diet is the most important factor we can control during our IVF cycle. It has a lot of significance. The standard american diet (SAD) causes many health problems and infertility is one of them. It’s hard for many people to change their diet because sugar/carbs are very addictive (in my opinion). If you are someone who has a poor or “average” diet and really don’t know where to start I highly suggest meal delivery services during IVF. Sunbasket and Green chef are amazing (the link gives you a discount!) They are the only services offering ORGANIC! Don’t get me wrong its pricey, but it’s well worth it in my opinion. I used them both for months. It’s so nice having all the ingredients delivered and knowing you’ll have a healthy delicious meal! But I’m off to try something new. I recently ordered from Butcherbox. (link gives you free 2 filet mignon, bacon and $10 off) I ordered the big custom box you can choose grass-fed beef, organic chicken, heritage breed pork delivered right to your door. There really isn’t an affordable local option for me to get all of these things for a good price, maybe your area is different.

I have steamed broccoli & asparagus almost daily with dinner, also cauliflower “rice”, cremini mushrooms, red bell peppers, garlic and onion.

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