Eat your way to a successful IVF
Dietician Elienne Horwitz shares her list of essential foods for those struggling with infertility.
A consulting dietician for FertilityCareSA, Elienne Horwitz, shows which foods increase your chances of falling pregnant.
Choose wholegrain breads, crackers, brown rice, potatoes, wholewheat pasta, popcorn, fresh fruit, vegetables, and legumes. These foods also keep you feeling full for a longer period of time.
Remove visible fat from meat and the skin of chicken, and limit eggs to no more than 4 per week. Beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas, soybeans and tofu are also great.
Dairy is important for calcium and vitamin D3. Choose low fat dairy products when possible and avoid old/matured cheese or mould if also trying to manage your weight.
Mono- and poly-unsaturated fats like vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, and fatty fish are great. According to the FDA, two servings of fish per week is recommended.
Include an omega 3 fish oil and a folic acid supplement. This is important to prevent neurotubular defects of the baby.