How to Relieve Bloating After Egg Retrieval

Bloating after egg retrieval is a common side effect of the egg retrieval process. And this is often because your ovaries have been stimulated to grow more follicles than they would under non IVF conditions. Also some of the drugs that you need to take during the egg retrieval process itself can cause bloating as they increase the risk of constipation. Bloating may also be a sign of ovarian overstimulation syndrome, also known as OOSS. You can make small changes to your diet and lifestyle to minimize the pressure on your gut.



Bloating after IVF fertility treatment and pregnancy

Tip number one is to eat plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. These foods have plenty of fiber and will help to keep your digestive system moving. This will help to prevent or minimize the impact of constipation caused by the medications and minimize the pressure on your gut.

Bloating After Egg Retrieval


The second tip is to lower your salt intake. Research shows that diets high in salt can increase bloating. Although the exact mechanisms aren’t clear, it may have to do with water retention. To lower your salt intake. Avoid the salt shaker and keep processed foods to a minimum as they tend to be higher in salt. On packaged food use the reference of >250mg salt per serving is high.

Bloating After Egg Retrieval


 The third tip is to drink plenty of water. Water can help keep the gut moving and you should be aiming for at least two liters each day. Two liters is equal to 8 1/2 cups of water per day. Water intake is the most effective way to detox the body.

Bloating After Egg Retrieval


Tip number four is to avoid sugar alcohols, as these are processed in the gut where bacteria break them down and produce gas which increases the pressure on your gut. Look at the labels on your foods and avoid anything labeled lactitol, maltitol, mannitol xylitol, erythritol, isomalt,  polydextrose or sorbitol. 


And finally, keep moving during your recovery with gentle exercise, as this will also help to support your gut by keeping things moving on the inside.

Of course, if you’re ever concerned about the amount of bloating that you’re experiencing, contact your fertility team to discuss how feel.

Bloating After Egg Retrieval
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