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I've noticed that some of the girls on here started drinking gatorade. Is and is it something that your doctor advises you to drink? I haven't been told to do anything particularly different and i just wondered if it would be beneficial?
Sarah and Matt expecting our first IVF miracle
I'm having to drink lots of gatorade because I developed OHSS (where you get very sick and dehydrated). They want you to drink it to try and prevent OHSS. But, my RE also told me that if you're gonna get it, you're gonna get it and there's no preventing it. But, there's only a 3-8% chance of developing OHSS. Lucky me!
I was instructed to start chugging Gatorade (I chose G2 because it doesn't have so much sugar) after the retrieval to lessen the severity of OHSS if it happened to me. It doesn't prevent OHSS, but can help keep you hydrated, which helps prevent a whole host of problems including blood clots. I really like to drink it anyway...water gets so boring
Melissa & DH
IVF babies Claire (4), Abigail (2) and George (2)
For everyone drinking Gatorade, just be mindful of how much you drink and try to equal you consumption with as much water as gaterade. Gatorade and powerade both have alot of sodium. But it does help with replinishment but high in sodium which could ne a negative later.
The sodium is an electroyte. Water follows sodium.. it's why they want gatorade. It helps keep/attract water into your blood vessels and out of your abdominal/thoracic cavity. In this ONE instance, the high sodium levels are desirable. Battling dehydration takes very different measures than what is normally recommended.
No.. it DOES help because the salt in your blood vessels pulls the fluid out of your abdomen. The salt in your veins will attract water INTO The veins which is where they want it.
OHSS presents a problem because fluid leaks out of your veins and into your abdominal/chest cavity. The fluid in places where it does not belong leads to the bloating and breathing problems. It's another reason a high protein diet helps.. the proteins are too big to leave your vessels.. hence they attract water into the blood vessels too.
Water is great but when you have OHSS it adds to the problem because it will just leak out into the places it doesn't belong. It's so hard to explain but in my anatomy class we learned how fluid exchange works in the body. It's a lot of information.