Fruit smoothie, supplements, and IVF
(Ocean County NJ)
Hi... I love this website! I am preparing for my first cycle of IVF after 2 failed IUI's, a terminated pregnancy and a miscarriage. I am 33 and already have a healthy 6 yr old son.
My 39 yr old husband has no children of his own. I have been on birth control pills for about 2 weeks and will start lupron injenctions (and others) in another 2 weeks. I take folic acid, aspirin, prenatal vitamin, and propylthiouracil (PTP) for overactive thyroid daily.
What should I NOT include in my fertility smoothie? I don't want to mix herbs that I shouldn't during my IVF process (such as Supergreens, maca).
What supplements, such as L arginine, COQ10, maca, royal jelly, and bee pollen are safe to take during IVF?
I am really overwhelmed and would really appreciate a recipe of ingredients and how much and when...
What do I put in my smoothie and how much?
What other supplements should I take? In what form? How much?
If my first cycle of IVF fails, can I do a fertility cleanse and if so when? Can I start now or is too late?
Please advise! Thank you!Answer:
Once your fertility cycle
has begun you cannot take any herbal remedies, so you cannot do the fertility cleanse. I do recommend cleansing at least the month before IVF begins.
During your IVF cycle you should be able to continue taking prenatal vitamins,
folic acid, CoQ10, and Royal Jelly.
You can continue making your fertility smoothie, but you have to assume that you are pregnant and use all the necessary precautions of pregnant women.
This is the fertility smoothie recipe I would recommend:
1. 1 cup of frozen or fresh fruits (organic if possible). Choose from blue berries, strawberries, mangoes, peaches, etc.
2. 500 ml of rice milk or almond milk (do not use soy milk)
3. One scoop of whole food berry powder as antioxidant
4. 1 teaspoon of wheat grass and barley grass
5. 1 banana
6. 1-2 tablespoons of plain yogurt
7. 2 teaspoons of pasteurized honey or black strap molasses
8. 1 tablespoon of almond or cashew butter
9. 1 teaspoon of powder acidophilus
10 1 teaspoon of brewer’s yeast powder
Drink this fruits smoothie anytime during the day, but preferably in the morning.
If you like juicing, this recipe is an excellent source of minerals:
1. One large pealed apple
2. 2 large pealed carrots
3. One pealed beat root
4. 2 tall stalks of celery
The next recommendation I would like to give you is not a supplement or a diet tip but a relaxation program that I consider one of the most useful resource for women who are going through IVF treatments. It is a mind-body program
designed specifically for IVF/IUI cycles to support you in your emotional journey.
I know you will be fine this time!