For the best egg donation experience, we can’t stress enough the importance of focusing on your physical health. It’s so important to nourish your body during your cycle and after your egg retrieval to help speed up the recovery process. In this blog, we share 5 easy tips to integrate into your routine as you prepare to become an egg donor!
The egg donation process includes taking medications for about ten days that will grow your follicles and prime the eggs inside them. As with all medications, there can be some side effects including bloating and irritability. Below are a few tips and tricks to help ease the side effects, keep you on track, and expedite your recovery!
Personal Diet Experience From a Previous Egg Donor:
In this video, a Donor Nexus egg donor shares her advice for first-time egg donors, which is to follow the recommended diet plan! As shared by Donor D,
"I have been a donor twice, and one thing I have found that would be a great piece of advice for a first-time egg donor is to follow the diet plan that they give you. Drinking lots of Gatorade, lots of protein, and lots of salt. I have really found that that helps with the recovery process. I feel way less bloated. The first time, I should have drank more protein drinks and Gatorade. The second time, I really followed it as best closely as I could and it really helped. I have a friend who is a donor too, and she found the same thing. I just think that is some great advice. It's kind of funny, you read about diet and think, "I don't know if this would actually make a difference." But it seems to really make a difference, so that would be my advice to you."
Think about your follicles as little, delicate water balloons. It is important to be gentle and protect your growing follicles against traumatic activities. These sorts of activities include anything that can result in an injury or a fall (ball sports, surfing, rock climbing, and even running). Once the injectable medications start, your doctor may limit your exercise to light walking to none at all. The great rule of thumb is not to engage in any activity that would cause your ponytail to bounce. When in doubt, always ask!
We all know how important getting a good night's sleep is BUT it is even more important while you are in an egg donation cycle. We give our bodies the ability to repair, rebuild, and rest when we sleep. Your body needs this time to respond adequately to the injectable hormones. Make sure you are getting at least 8 hours of sleep. Your body and mind will thank you!
If you find yourself feeling stressed often, it’s important to know that stress has been proven to have negative impacts on health. To manage stress, you should take steps such as practicing relaxation techniques like deep breathing or yoga, or seeking professional help if necessary.