As you get ready for your frozen embryo transfer (FET), you probably have many things swirling around in your head. You want to do anything possible to set yourself up for success. You will most likely be given progesterone and other supplements to help prep your uterus and regulate your hormones. But did you know that the food you eat could also affect your hormone function?

March is National Nutrition Month, so we want to bring attention to some of the ways you can help prep your body for your FET through the food you eat.

In natural FET cycles, the timing of your FET is determined based on when you ovulate naturally. During your ovulatory phase, many fertility specialists suggest eating a high fat, low carb diet to reduce inflammation throughout the body, G.I. tract and reproductive system. This diet also aids hormone function because many female hormones are made from cholesterol, which derives from fats. They also advise eating foods that are rich in antioxidants, such as fresh produce and fruit.

When discussing foods that you should be eating, reproductive endocrinologists recommend warmer foods with high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids. As you prepare for your frozen embryo transfer, eat foods like:
  • Whole grains like quinoa, farro, and whole-grain pasta
  • Legumes like beans, lentils and chickpeas
  • Healthy fats like avocado oil, extra-virgin olive oil, walnuts, and seeds
  • Lean proteins like fish and chicken (look for low-mercury fish)
  • Fresh fruits and veggies
While there are foods that will aid in regulating your hormones, there are also foods that should be avoided before your frozen embryo transfer. Try to avoid foods like:
  • Smoothies and sodas
  • Sugar
  • Red meat products
  • Highly processed foods
  • Salt — season with herbs and spices instead
  • Coffee and tea

Following your doctor’s instructions and advice is always the best course of action, but eating the proper foods along with taking the medication prescribed will only aid in the probability of a successful FET. In addition, be sure to take care of yourself during this time of preparation and stress, nourish your body by eating well and practice self-care to help manage stress.

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