For years, I’ve written about preparing my body for various fertility treatments, for natural cycles, and natural ways to control my PCOS. Never in a million years would I have guessed that I’d get to write about preparing for a frozen embryo transfer via embryo adoption. But here I am!
Today I’m going to share some of the natural ways that I’m preparing my body to be more receptive to this frozen embryo transfer. In 2015, I shared natural ways that I was encouraging my body to (hopefully) receive an embryo following an IUI, and while I have picked up those same principles, a lot more is involved this time! I’m going to break it down by phase.
And believe me, I know that doing these things aren’t guaranteed to make the embryo stick or survive. We can’t 100% control whether this frozen embryo transfer is successful. There are so many factors outside of my control. All I can do is be a good steward of the body God gave me and that’s my plan.
Anti-Inflammatory Diet. Oh, this one is so hard. Going gluten-free wasn’t that hard, but going dairy-free is. I love cheese, ya’ll. Like, LOVE IT. It’s a very common snack for me when I work from home so cutting it out is difficult, but it’s worth it to lower inflammation in my body. I’m basically on a low-carb (similar to Keto), no gluten/dairy/sugar diet right now. Healthy fats, good meats, veggies, berries, etc.
Prenatal Vitamin. This is a given. 😉 Everyone going through fertility treatments of any kind should be on a good quality prenatal vitamin. I personally prefer the Frontrunner’s Health vitamin for many reasons, but you need to decide what is best for you. My clinic asked me to take one with at least 1,000mcg of folic acid, so I am using one with 1,300mcg of folate.
Elderberry Syrup. This stuff is amazing at building a strong immune system. Elderberry is proven to be effective against the flu and cold viruses! The last thing I want is to be sick before my transfer. I want to provide a healthy and strong womb for this embryo to nuzzle into. I make my own syrup and have taken it intermittently for over the last two years, but I’m being extra intentional right now.
NingXia Red. This stuff is super nutrient-dense and packed full of antioxidants! It is meant to support overall wellness. Young Living claims it’s also meant to support “normal cellular function”, and that’s EXACTLY what I want right now! When the embryo is transferred, it will be in its most vulnerable state. I want to give these embryos the best chance at life, including proper cell function. I bought a two-month supply of the single-serve packets during Young Living’s Cyber Monday sale because they’re pre-portioned and easy to just grab and go.
Pomegranate Juice. I swear by this stuff. When I was going through fertility treatments for years, this was my #1 ride or die when it came to perfecting my uterine lining. In fact, the most popular post of all time on this blog is the one where I shared my natural remedies for thickening the uterine lining, and this is on there. I space it apart from the NingXia Red because it’s super nutrient-dense as well and I figure it’s best to space these nutrients out in the day instead of packing them all in at once. Otherwise, I’ll just pass everything before my body can even absorb it. Plus, pomegranate juice is also in NingXia Red so I’m getting a bit extra!
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea. This is my second MUST have for the uterus! Along with the pomegranate juice, raspberry leaf tea is proven to benefit the uterine lining. I will stop drinking this after the transfer because it tones the uterus so it’s not recommended during the first or second trimesters.
Vitamin E. This was also mentioned in my post on natural remedies for the uterine lining. There are studies that suggest that 400-600 IU of vitamin E doesn’t just encourage hair and skin cell growth, but also that of the uterus.
Brazil Nuts. Loaded with selenium which is great for lowering Hashimotos antibodies, and for embryo implantation!
Probiotics. Gut health is so important, especially having Hashimoto’s. I’ve been taking probiotics for months now and prefer the Garden of Life probiotic for women.
Acupuncture. I’m back to doing acupuncture weekly! I actually started back in November. My endocrinologist highly recommends it to encourage proper blood flow and said himself that there is a lot of science proving it works, so we’re on board for that. Before the transfer, we’re doing it to encourage a good, healthy uterine lining. You can learn more about acupuncture and IVF on FertilityIQ.
Day of Transfer
I’m dropping the elderberry syrup (not recommended during early pregnancy), pomegranate juice, raspberry leaf tea, and vitamin E. They won’t be necessary at this stage. I wish I could continue the elderberry syrup, but I’m hoping that continuing the NingXia Red will be sufficient for my immune system.
Continuing: Prenatal, NingXia, Probiotics, and Acupuncture (since my clinic is 3 hours away, I’ll have to go somewhere down there on this day).
McDonalds Fries. I know, this is absolutely ridiculous, but apparently, it’s a tradition to get McDonald’s fries after a transfer. It’s supposed to be tradition after egg retrieval because the salt helps with preventing OHSS (which can be very dangerous), but apparently, it has become a tradition for both. So, guess who is getting fries after the transfer? This girl. And I get it… they’re nice and warm, and they make you happy. Warmth and happiness are needed after a transfer, so I’m down for it for this one day.
Continuing: Prenatal, NingXia, Probiotics, Acupuncture, Anti-Inflamatory Diet, Brazil Nuts.
Pineapple. The pineapple core contains high levels of bromelain, which makes the uterus extra sticky and receptive to an embryo. Because of that, I’m sectioning a whole pineapple into fifths and consuming 1/5 of the pineapple each day (including the core, which I actually have a smoothie recipe for!) during the five days after the transfer. This is standard practice for a lot of women who go through IVF.
Avocado. There is a lot of research that suggests that women who consume avocado after IVF have higher success rates. There are a lot of good, healthy fats in avocado, so I’m going to load up and try to eat it frequently until I get my BFP. I’m the kind of person who can cut open an avocado, add sea salt and cracked pepper, and eat that for lunch. I love avocado!
I know this looks like a lot, but with how much we’re spending on this whole thing and after 8 years of waiting, we’re going to do everything we can to be good stewards of my body and womb. Of course, none of this matters without God. We’re keeping Him at the center of everything we do and bathing this process in fervent prayer. It’s up to Him to breathe life into these embryos and sustain them. He already knows them by name, He knows what is going to happen. I’m believing this will be successful and that we will have a new baby in our family by Thanksgiving 2020.