Many egg donors describe their experience during their donation cycle and post-retrieval as being similar to PMS symptoms, such as cramping, bloating, fatigue, soreness, etc. There is a way to help conquer these common side effects and that is through the magic of food! We’ve compiled a list for donors to help fuel their body of key nutrients before, during and after their cycle:
- Quinoa: This complex carb boosts serotonin levels, the feel-good hormone
- Omega-3s: Whether it’s salmon, chia seeds, or fortified greens Omega-3s have essential anti-inflammatory properties
- Lean Meats: Such as red meat, chicken or turkey have B12 to fight the fatigue
- Dark Leafy Greens: Kale, spinach, romaine have great supply of vitamin A, an antioxidant which helps in supporting immune functions
- Bananas: The less you sleep, the more susceptible to pain you are and bananas carry melatonin, the sleep hormone, to help you get a good night sleep before and after retrieval
- Fiber: Foods with high fiber and water content such as lentils, berries, and beans will relieve the feeling of bloating and discomfort
- Pumpkin Seeds: If a headache has you down then eat some of these magnesium-filled super seeds
- Eggs: Rich in protein and healthy fatty acids, eggs will make donor’s feel full and satisfied while also fueling up on vitamins A, B2, B5, B12, K and many more
- Saltine Crackers: These crackers give a good fix of sodium while also being easy on the tummy, an ideal combo those who might be dealing with nausea or depleted appetite
In addition to these yummy options, our clinical staff also advises our donors to remember to drink plenty of fluids during and after their retrieval to stay properly hydrated. Sports drinks such as Gatorade are ideal since they give donors electrolytes and sugar that help aide in reviving the body of nutirents and promote recovery.
*Please note that every body is different and cycle related side effects to medications, retrieval and recovery can vary from person to person.