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Our Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

HCRM is dedicated to keep our patients and staff safe and healthy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. HCRM has policies and guidelines in place aligned with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local and state health authorities to help prevent the spread of illness. We are also adhering to recent guidelines that have been published by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) regarding the treatment of current and new patients.

Please review the new procedures we have put into place at HCRM:

1. All patients will receive a phone call 24-48 hours prior to the appointment and complete a prescreening questionnaire with questions regarding their travel history in the past 14 days and the presence of respiratory symptoms (fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath) within the past 14 days.

2. All patients and visitors will complete the same prescreening questionnaire with a HCRM staff member prior to entering the clinic on the day of the appointment. Please allow for an extra 5 minutes prior to your appointment to complete the prescreening. It is possible that a patient may need to reschedule his/her appointment based on symptoms or travel history.

3. HCRM requests that patients come to the clinic unaccompanied, leaving their partners/support waiting for them at home or in their vehicles when feasible. We request that patients do not bring children to their appointment.

4. With the use of Telemedicine, we hope to continue to provide care to our new and current patients.

5. HCRM will reduce the frequency of clinic appointments during treatment cycle monitoring.

6. HCRM will frequently enforce infection control processes within the clinic, including good hand washing hygiene, frequent disinfecting of patient rooms and surfaces, and social distancing.

We at HCRM appreciate your ongoing support as we work together and do our part to "flatten the curve." Please contact our office at (402) 717-4200 for more information or any questions.

For current travel advisories and up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 website.

What to Eat After IVF: Patient Diet and Nutrition Tips By HCRM on October 11, 2019

A woman making lunch at homeGeneral health and wellness makes a major difference when it comes to fertility as well as your chances of becoming pregnant. If you eat junk food or foods that are high on calories but lack nutritional value, you could be negatively impacting your reproductive health. Sometimes altering your diet can boost your chances of successful pregnancy, and that goes for both natural conception and fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).

This explains why so many patients from the Omaha, NE area ask our fertility doctors what they should and shouldn’t eat after IVF. The team at the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine would like to go over some basic diet do’s and don’ts for IVF patients.

After IVF, Eat as If You Are Pregnant

Given the above facts about your diet and nutrition, we advise our Omaha IVF patients to eat as if they are already pregnant after the IVF procedure is done. This ensures optimal health and wellness from the very beginning of a potential pregnancy. Ideally, patients should be eating healthy in the months leading into their IVF procedure.

Good Foods After IVF

Ideally, you’ll want to eat along the lines of the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes whole foods, healthy fats, and low sugar intake.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are always great for you, but consider the following produce following IVF:

  • Bananas
  • Beets
  • Berries
  • Broccoli
  • Dates
  • Leafy greens
  • Sprouts
  • Sweet potatoes

For protein, consider the following lean and nutritious sources, many of which are high in fiber or loaded with healthy omega-3 fatty acids:

  • Anchovies
  • Beans
  • Eggs
  • Hummus
  • Nuts
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Seeds
  • Yogurt

For carbs, try to side with oats and whole grains. They are filling but also high in fiber and less refined as other kinds of wheat products.

Foods and Beverages to Avoid After IVF

After IVF, you’ll want to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages as well as sodas. The alcohol and the high sugar content are bad for your health and bad for the embryo that’s been implanted.

We also advise patients to avoid processed foods, junk food, processed meats, and soft cheeses. These tend to be worse for general health and wellness due to preservatives and fillers.

While fish is an ideal source of protein and healthy fats, you’ll want to avoid fish and seafood with a high mercury content. That includes tuna, mackerel, and sea bass.

A Word on Vitamins and Dietary Supplements

Be sure to ask out team about any vitamins or dietary supplements during the IVF process. It may not always be an issue, but it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the various substances you’re taking and how they should potentially impact a pregnancy. We’ll be more than happy to offer insight and advice.

Other Aspects of Post-IVF Care

Your diet is just one aspect of post-IVF care to consider. Physical activity, stress, and environmental factors can impact your chances of pregnancy. During the IVF consultation, we can go over these and other factors in more detail to help ensure optimal chances of success.

Learn More About Improving Fertility

For more information about improving your chances of becoming pregnant during IVF treatment, be sure to contact our skilled fertility doctors. You can reach the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine in Omaha by calling (402) 717-4200.

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Dr. Stephanie L.F. Gustin, Dr. Elizabeth Constance, and Dr. Elizabeth Weedin are skilled reproductive endocrinologists who offer state-of-the-art fertility treatments. An open and inclusive environment, the Heartland Center for Reproductive Medicine can address different causes of infertility and help LGBTQ couples build loving families.

Contact our practice online or call us at (402) 717-4200 to schedule a consultation.

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