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Being a mother is an experience several women wish to have someday. However, with the changing times and lifestyles, they also have multiple issues in this natural process. But as they say, every problem has a solution. For women having trouble conceiving, in-vitro fertilization (IVF) is the answer. Being an artificial pregnancy procedure, IVF requires one to be very careful, and for women, this caution comes unsaid with diet and exercise.
Here’s what you should or should not eat when you plan the IVF procedure to have a baby.
For breakfast, you can have oats pancakes with maple syrup, boiled vegetables’ salad with egg whites, orange juice, pineapple juice, almonds, walnuts, scrambled eggs, and green tea, etc. Make sure you keep the quantity of fibre high in your diet. Eat a wholesome breakfast and refrain from skipping it.
In the mid-morning, you can pick have fruits or healthy drinks like a banana smoothie, and coconut water, etc. These types of fruits have all the required nutrients to keep you healthy and ensure IVF success.
For lunch, you can have chicken Thai curry with parboiled rice, omelette, roasted chicken, and lentils, etc.
For an afternoon snack, you can have beetroot, tomato salad, carrots, dry fruits, yogurt smoothie, or fresh lime water, etc.
Make sure to have a light dinner. Don’t overeat, and walk for a few minutes after you’re done with your meal. Have your dinner at the right time and don’t get very late. You can have kidney beans curry, chickpea and paneer salad, lentil soup with parboiled rice, baked fish, and fresh salad, etc.
It is always advised not to skip breakfast, even if you’re not pregnant. So if you’re pregnant, you should ensure that you don’t skip it and eat something wholesome and healthy. Start your day with a simple meal. For breakfast, you can toast some bread and top it with avocado. You can eat oatmeal as well, which has pregnancy-boosting abilities. Eat some fresh fruits, low fat or dairy milk, and your breakfast is complete.
After a few hours of breakfast, you should have a mid-morning snack. Keep something very light as your mid-morning snack. You can have a smoothie with berries, spinach, kale, nuts, wheat germ, yogurt, or low-fat milk. They have the required nutrients to aid in IVF success.
Your meal for lunch should consist of whole grains, fresh veggies, and lean protein. Make a grain and veggie salad, or you can also eat a low-mercury fish, grilled chicken, or tofu along with it.
This time is apt for enjoying fresh fruits. Choose any of your favourite fruits and sprinkle them with chia, sesame, or sunflower seeds. You can also add peanut, almond, or soybean oil for added healthy fat.
Have a light and tender meal at dinner. You can begin your meal with brown rice or any entire whole grain of your choice. You can also top it with roasted vegetables, tahini-lemon sauce, or any other healthy sauce of your choice. Make sure you don’t overeat. Keep your dinner the lightest of all meals.
Take a light walk for 15-20 minutes so that the food is digested properly, and you don’t feel heavy when you go to sleep.