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Nutritional Guidelines for Women Trying to Conceive

Many surrogates will tell you that with prior knowledge of their IVF schedule, they tend to change their diet for the better, before the embryo transfer. There is no list of foods that guarantee a healthy baby or a successful transfer, but there are foods rich in nutrients that will help. The healthy diet for a surrogate trying to get pregnant, is not much different than a healthy diet for someone who is trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. There is just more emphasis on key nutrients for her and baby.

Choose foods that are high in protein such as:

Fish
Poultry
Lean meats
Beans and lentils
Nut butters (such as peanut, almond, or cashew butter)

Seeds and nuts
Whole-grain products
Low-fat dairy products


Also, look for foods rich in folates and folic acid such as:
Lentils
Oatmeal
Pinto and navy beans
Asparagus
Spinach
Orange juice

If you have a sweet tooth there are healthy alternatives to consider:
Frozen bananas
Fruit smoothies
Naturally sweetened, nonfat frozen or regular yogurt
Low-fat, naturally sweetened sorbet
Fresh fruit

 

Here are some things to avoid:

Artificial Sweeteners

Caffeine - If you can’t live without caffeine, there is research to consider on caffeine and fertility. According to the National Institute of Health, ingesting 300 milligrams of caffeine a day, decreased a woman’s chances of conceiving by as much as 27 percent compared to ingesting no caffeine.

Some alternatives to your morning pick me up:
Decaf coffee or tea (not herbal, unless cleared by your doctor).

Naturally sweetened lemonade or fruit juice

Filtered water steeped with cucumber slices

Fresh squeezed or pressed vegetable juices


Try to limit desserts and food items made with refined sugars because excess sugar in the bloodstream can lower the body’s ability to manufacture the necessary
hormones for reproduction. If you’re craving a dessert, it is easy to find healthy dessert recipes online.

Shared Conception looks forward to working
with you as a surrogate, call us today!

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