Are you looking for helpful lifestyle tips to prepare for egg donation? As you begin your egg donation cycle, your health and well-being are more important than ever. As a result, below we have outlined some lifestyle tips to help maximize your experience.
DIETARY TIPS TO PREPARE FOR EGG DONATION
As you begin your egg donor journey, you should maintain on a healthy, well-balanced diet. Your meals should be rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. You can enjoy treats, but do so in moderation. Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid alcohol and minimize your caffeine intake.
EXERCISE TIPS TO PREPARE FOR EGG DONATION
As you prepare your body for egg retrieval, you will take medication to stimulate your ovaries. This causes them to enlarge as your follicles grow. With this in mind, you may be asked to refrain from high-impact activities that might put you at risk for ovarian torsion, such as running and aerobics. However, light intensity exercise, such as walking, biking, or swimming, is often encouraged. Talk to your fertility physician or nursing staff about the types of exercises best recommended for you during your egg donation cycle.
SLEEP TIPS TO PREPARE FOR EGG DONATION
The quality and quantity of sleep you get each night can influence your egg donation cycle. According to a study by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, you should be consistent in your sleeping habits. You should go to bed around the same time each night and wake up around the same time each morning. Set a goal to get 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night. In addition to optimizing your fertility, adequate sleep helps you address the physical and emotional demands of egg donation.
Disclaimer: The content provided above is not intended for, nor should it be used as, a substitute for professional medical advice. It should not replace a conversation you have directly with your medical team regarding egg donation. Prior to beginning an egg donation cycle, we strongly encourage you discuss your concerns with your medical team.