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We are undergoing infertility treatment.Please advice regarding the diet.

We are undergoing infertility treatment.Please advice regarding the diet.

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Published At September 27, 2017
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

  • Me and my wife are undergoing infertility treatment.
  • I am 42 years old and my wife is 37 years old.
  • We have had a failed IVF and a failed frozen embryo transfer.
  • One month back we had an IVF procedure and it has turned positive.
  • Now we are in the fourth week. We are much concerned about the foods to eat and to avoid.
  • Since we failed a couple of times, we are much concerned that any of our lifestyle habits will cause negative changes.
  • We are taking green tea with ginger, lemon and honey for the past 3 years regularly and we consume non vegetarian food more of seafood.
  • I read in some articles that, taking ginger and honey is not advisable during early pregnancy and also should avoid heat producing foods. So, we are much confused.

Please advise regarding this issue.

Answered by Dr. Arul Amuthan L


Welcome to icliniq.com.

The psychological as well as lifestyle changes will definitely affect the fetus (baby within the uterus).

Generally, heat producing foods or activities lead to production of prostaglandins. These prostaglandins can disturb the uterus.

Thus, certain foods have to be avoided. For example: groundnut, seasame, chicken, pineapple, pasalai keerai etc.

  • You can consume seafood or fresh water fishes. Mutton is safe and good. Egg is also good.
  • Green tea, ginger and honey are good to regulate the digestion as well as to reduce vomiting sensation during pregnancy.
  • Other foods to be taken are amla (gooseberry), lemon (juice/pickle), mango (tender mango is good). Mango fruit is not good during pregnancy. Buttermilk is good.
  • Tamarind, grapes, green chilli (less spicy variety) and ginger (fresh or dry) can be taken. Dry ginger can be taken as chukku kashayam with palm jaggery. Despite these foods are heat, these are safe in pregnancy.

Avoid white/brown sugar (from sugarcane). Use only palm jaggery or pure honey as a sweetening agent.

First trimester (first three months of pregnancy) is the crucial period. Thus, if you feel/doubt something is not good, avoid it during the first three months. After that, the fetus is strongly implanted in the uterus and there would be no problem.

Daily walk in the evening is good during pregnancy.

From the fourth month, you can perform yoga by consulting trained yoga teachers. Many more siddha drugs are available such as calcium and iron supplements.

You can buy the following siddha drugs:

  • Annabhedi chendooram mathirai (iron tablet): Two tablets in the morning and at night. One tablet in the afternoon. This never produces constipation like allopathic iron tablets.
  • Madhulai manappagu (this is a syrup from pomegranate): 5 ml three times a day with water. This is the best nutrient and it also prevents vomiting.
  • Bhavana Panjankula thailam - 5 ml morning and 2.5 ml at bed time. Take this from first trimester till delivery. This drug strengthens the immunity of mother and fetus and ensures normal delivery. All these three drugs are for pregnant women.

Stay healthy.

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Dr. Arul Amuthan L
Dr. Arul Amuthan L


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