When I was going through my IVF protocol, my doctor suggested I develop a sweet tooth for PINEAPPLE. Yes, pineapple! (I only had pineapple in my cocktails prior to that. Not kidding.)
Supposedly, eating pineapple starting on the transfer date will increase the chances of a success. Sticky beans! Baby dust!
FRESH pineapple. And the fruit closest to the core. So you have to crack that thang open and start slicing.
Pineapple is a bromeliad fruit and contains the enzyme that breaks down protein. And there may be some proteins in the uterus inhibiting the embryos from “sticking.”
This could be an old wive’s tale or a myth but I had my fresh pineapple (about a cup a day) and now I am obviously knocked up (swollen ankles!) My doctor told me there is no concrete proof it works either but it could lend an edge to the whole procedure.
I stored my pineapples on the kitchen counter and NOT in the refrigerator. Stays fresher. And I ate it for three days – starting on the transfer date.
My remaining fruit? Funnily enough, I used it as a meat tenderizer. Which sorta makes sense as it broke down the protein in the meat. Which is what might have been happening in my uterus. Which is probably why, months later, all I want to do is eat cheeseburgers all day.