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Diet while injecting for IVF/ICSI?

So I had my scratch this week and will hopefully start Injecting next Wednesday so for the last few weeks I've been eating lots of protein and cutting out things that make me bloated. I thought this would help as when I did IVF last time I was so bloated and uncomfortable because of the drugs so I figured avoiding the goods that will make it worse should help (bread and fizzy drinks etc). Also drinking my minimim water intake, cut out coffee and have started decaf Yorkshire tea.

I have searched online and it seems my splenda that I have in my tea is safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding. But I'm sure someone told me artificial sweeteners are bad? Has anyone else heard this? I only have it in tea and I don't really want to sugar my tea after all these years of not having it lol advice? Xx

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Hi KittyK. According to “NHS Choices” Splenda is not harmful to the immune system, does not cause cancer, infertility, pose a risk to pregnancy, or affect blood sugar levels. Also a good diet to have at this time consists of variety, however, I have listed some of the “good” things to have: Carbohydrates - Wholegrain bread and wholemeal pasta, oatmeal, brown rice. All fresh vegetables especially raw or steamed. Over boiling rids them of vitamins and minerals, pineapple juice, apricots, potatoes, all fruit and honey, beans, chickpeas and lentils. Protein - Organic meat if possible, poultry, fish, Milk and hard cheese, nuts and seeds. Fat - Extra virgin olive oil and sunflower oil, avocado and peanut butter, mackerel, sardines, nuts (especially Brazil and walnuts), seeds, sweet corn and sweet potatoes. The things to avoid are too much sugar, processed foods, ready meals, butter, ice cream etc. A little is OK, but not all the time. Drink plenty of water and only a little tea and coffee if feeling deprived. Cut right down or right out – alcohol and smoking. Oh and don’t forget the Folic Acid! Hope this helps and all the best with your treatment cycle. Diane


That's really helpful thanks Diane! :)


Hi KittyK. My pleasure and good luck! Diane


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