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A healthy diet & lifestyle is recommended prior to and during pregnancy. You may be surprised to learn that your diet, lifestyle and environment all have a profound bearing on your individual reproductive health and on the health of a baby. Put simply, preconception care involves making sure that there is an adequate supply of all factors essential to the health of sperm, eggs, fertilisation, a healthy pregnancy and including delivery of a healthy baby.

The formation of mature sperm takes approximately 2 months and maturation of eggs requires approximately 100 days prior to ovulation.

The process , where eggs are borrowed from a young woman (less than 33 yrs of age) called the donor, with her consent. Here , a woman provides one or several (usually 10-15) eggs (ova, oocytes) for purposes of assisted reproduction or biomedical research. These eggs are then fertilized with the sperms of the husband of the recipient woman and the resultant embryo (the earliest form of the baby), is inserted into the womb of the recipient. For assisted reproduction purposes, egg donation involves the process of in vitro fertilization as the eggs are fertilized in the laboratory. After the eggs have been obtained, the role of the egg donor is complete. Egg donation is part of the process of third party reproduction as part of ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology).

There are many factors influence fertility and if you are planning a pregnancy, it is a good idea to be well prepared. Some of the following health and lifestyle information will help you in reaching your goal of pregnancy.


You are what you eat. Optimal wellbeing is essential for overall health, including fertility fitness. Following a sensible diet and exercise programme can help boost your reproductive health. Women who are either markedly overweight or underweight may have difficulty conceiving.

Both partners should eat a variety of foods. Whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds. Eat a healthy diet with at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, along with whole grains and some good quality protein such as meats, fish, eggs, or milk. Drink at least 8 to 10 of glasses of filtered water a day.

To maintain fitness and health keep your weight under control, regular exercise for an average of 30 minutes per session, every day.

If you would like further guidance regarding your diet, take an appointment to consult with qualified dietician at Adam & Eve Test Tube Baby Centre. Please contact at our reception for more information on this service.


There is a clear relationship between weight and fertility. As the body’s weight moves away from the normal range (above or below), fertility decreases. Pregnancy may still occur, but not at the normal rate, and moreover miscarriage rate will be also higher than average. Weight loss is essential before you start any other treatment program.


Both male and female patients are advised to stop drinking alcohol prior to treatment. In women, it may raise the risk of birth defects. In men, it may affect sperm counts.


Apart from the long-term health risks, women who smoke have 2.5 times higher incidence of infertility, have a 50% higher increase in miscarriage, premature birth and low birth weight babies than non-smokers. This is directly related to the fact smoking decreases uterine blood flow and circulating oxygen to the cells of the body, including the reproductive systems. Women who smoke also have poorer responses to fertility treatments, earlier onset of menopause, and lastly a higher rate of intrauterine growth retardation, congenital abnormalities and infant death.

Men who smoke have noted reductions in sperm count, motility and normal appearances of sperm. There is an associated higher incidence of impotence, increased birth defects, and higher rates of childhood cancer and asthma in their children.


Some medications may have an adverse effect on either female or male fertility or they may become ineffective when taken with certain supplements. Should you be taking any medication, please contact to Dr. Sarita or reception of Adam & Eve to ensure that this is suitable.


The use of any recreational drugs should be avoided due to adverse health effects on the person. Cocaine should not be use in fertile age of women. Anabolic steroids may affect male sperm counts.


Caffeine may have an effect on a woman's fertility and increase the risk of miscarriage. Caffeine is present in tea, coffee, coca-cola products, chocolate, some foods and medicines. Caffeine reduces the absorption of iron, and destroys B-complex vitamins. Ideally caffeine should be avoided by men and women prior to and during fertility treatment and pregnancy. A caffeine free alternative can be taken instead.


Lubricants may affect sperm quality and should be avoided if you are trying to conceive. All lubricants must be avoided during collection of semen for testing. The lubricant may damage the viability of the sperm.


Certain household products or occupations expose people to toxins including heavy metals, chemicals, and organic solvents (for example, oven cleaners, ammonia-based cleaners, fertilisers, furniture polishes, pesticides, certain cosmetics and paints). Heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury, copper and aluminium interfere with essential enzyme systems important in reproductive health.


Many herbal remedies are considered beneficial to overall well being and can be safely taken prior to your treatment or in-between treatments. However at Adam & Eve, we do advise you to stop herbal remedies when you commence medications during treatment. Many herbal remedies will affect a hormonal action which may interfere or counteract the action of your fertility medications. Herbs should be used with the same caution you would use with any other drug.


IVF can be a very emotionally and physically challenging time. During IVF treatment, understandably you may feel stressed or anxious. This is quite a common experience shared by many patients. It is important to ensure you get adequate rest and relaxation during treatment. Maintaining a positive state of mind improves your health and well being. A degree of stress in your life is inevitable, but how you deal with it is important. At Adam & Eve, our qualified counsellors are available to assist couples suffering from stress as a result of their infertility problems. Support groups also welcome couples looking for help in coping with the stress of infertility.

A healthy diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any time, but especially vital if you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Healthy eating keeps you feeling good and gives your baby the essential nutrients they need in utero.

Our dieticians educate the clients of right diets necessary to maintain stable weight and energetic body. The diets are specified for clients. The diet plans are customized according to lifestyle, body needs, taste of the client and eating patterns. Therapeutic diets are planned for clients with medical problems. Functional foods possessing specific beneficial health and therapeutic properties are incorporated in daily diet plans. Suitable suggestions are also given to maintain a healthy glowing skin depending on the age and skin condition.