Self-Care Tips for Egg Donors

Published on Thursday December 29th, 2022 by WCED

Donating your eggs is a generous act, as you’re making it possible for LGBTQ+ couples, people with infertility, and others to achieve their goals of parenthood. The decision to become an egg donor is not a simple one, as your body will undergo a unique cycle to produce multiple strong and viable eggs. You’ll need to maintain your continued good health, including attending all medical appointments and getting all required vaccinations. But the following lifestyle changes will help you stay happy and healthy throughout the egg donation process.

Self-Care Recommendations For Egg Donation

Stay Hydrated

Proper hydration is important during egg donation, as your body is exerting more effort than normal. In addition to the regular amount of water you consume every day, we advise that you drink a serving or two of electrolyte water each day to stay nourished and hydrated.

Eat A Balanced Diet

With egg donation, you need to consume a diet rich in essential nutrients to support your ovarian health and prepare yourself to have a great egg donor cycle. You should aim for a diet featuring leafy greens and other vegetables, fruits, poultry, lean beef, dairy products, beans, nuts, and whole grains. And, you may want to take dietary supplements, such as a prenatal multivitamin containing vitamins C, D, and folate, as well as minerals like calcium and iron.

Avoid Smoking & All Tobacco Products

If you’re considering or undergoing egg donation, you must stop using all tobacco products. Potential donors will be tested, and if you’ve recently quit, you may need to wait a short time before being accepted.

Engage In Physical Activity

When preparing for egg donation, regular exercise helps blood flow to your reproductive organs, providing your uterine tissue with vital nutrients and oxygen. While you don’t need to be ultra-lean, you should stick to a consistent plan with some form of moderate exercise, for at least thirty minutes, 3-4 times a week. Consider walking, swimming, spinning, and flexibility training, but stay away from overly strenuous activities, like weight-lifting. Your ovaries will grow larger during this process, so avoid high-impact activities – jumping, running, mountain biking – until about one month after egg retrieval.

Sleep On It

Proper, regular sleep patterns, about 8-9 hours per night, can boost egg donation success rates. Sleep helps your body regulate and repair itself, and it’s during this time that various vital functions are performed. If you’ve had trouble getting a full night’s sleep, you may want to monitor your diet, create a restful environment, boost your physical activity and manage your worries. While it may be helpful to reduce daytime naps, you do need to find time to relax, such as sitting for a bit or reading a book.

Schedule A Consultation For Egg Donation in California

As the process of egg donation is a significant commitment, you need to take the time to care for your health and well-being. If you have any questions about the donor process, contact West Coast Egg Donation today.