So does pineapple really help my implantation during IUI and IVF?
So Why Pineapple?
After doing some research I found many articles and blog suggestions on eating pineapple to aid in implantation, following IVF and IUI. So this is what I could find one why pineapple may help during these procedures.
The main nutrient in pineapple that is suggested to aid is bromelain. Bromelain is an enzyme, which means that it helps reactions in the body to take place. Bromelain, when taken with food helps us break down and digest our food. But, when taken on an empty stomach, bromelain has other effects on our body. It acts as a blood thinner and anticoagulant.
Similar to aspirin, bromelain can increase the blood flow to our uterus through its action as a blood thinner and anticoagulant. It is also suggested that using a blood thinner such as a baby aspirin can help women who have had repeat miscarriages, especially if they are positive for phospholipid antibodies.
Bromelain is also known to act as an anti-inflammatory agent. Conception and implantation require an intricate shift in the immune system, specifically a shift from TH1 immune cells to TH2. Basically, this means conception requires an anti-inflammatory shift. It is possible that bromelain helps with this shift which allows implantation to occur.
Bromelain has also been known to increase cervical mucus, therefore making the uterus a “stickier” place for implantation to occur. You will find most of the bromelain to be near the core of the pineapple. So its suggested to eat the core, as well as the meat of the pineapple. Too much pineapple has also been noted to cause adverse effects such as miscarriage. Be conscious of how much you are consuming and try not to consume too much past the dates specified. You can still eat the pineapple after pregnancy has been achieved just eat in moderation.
Suggestions for Consumption
For IVF: Get one pineapple, cut the pineapple into 5 slices. Consume 1 piece per day for 5 days; beginning the day of Embryo transfer
For IUI: Get one pineapple, cut the pineapple into 5 slices. Consume 1 piece per day for 5 days; beginning the day of IUI
Timed intercourse: Get one pineapple, Cut the pineapple into 5 slices, Consume 1 piece per day for 5 days: post ovulation
Cutting the Pineapple
There really is no need to fret upon the need to cut up your pineapple. There really is no wrong way to do so, but should you wonder how to do it, here are the directions.
- Cut of about a half inch off the top and a half inch off the bottom
- Stand the pineapple up
- Using a large knife, cut the skin about a quarter of an inch from the skin all the way around the pineapple.
- Slice your pineapple into 5 fairly equal sections
- Consume and enjoy
Remember to always let your food get to room temperature. Following a transfer during IVF or insertion of sperm during an IUI, remember to eat warm and drink warm fluids post transfer.
Always consume on an empty stomach per the article above to achieve optimum results.