For many couples, the path to parenthood is not always how they may have envisioned, especially after experiencing a long road to infertility or in some cases knowing from the beginning there will be a difficulty. However, the birth of Louise Brown in 1978, the first ever baby born following conceptions by in-vitro fertilization (IVF), thousands of infertile couples got a path to parenthood.
Dr. Rachita, Chief Infertility & IVF Specialist at Indira IVF Hospital, Explained That: “IVF or In-vitro fertilization, fertility medications are used to stimulate the ovaries into releasing healthy eggs. These eggs are then removed from the woman’s ovaries and fertilized in a lab. The fertilized eggs then multiply.” Once they have multiplied, the embryos are transferred to the woman’s uterus. The embryo must then attach itself to the wall of the womb or uterus to confirm the pregnancy.
For an IVF patient, the “two weeks wait” time after embryo transfer is an emotionally difficult time. It is very hard to wait for the decision which has taken so many efforts, time, and of course money- whether you are rewarded with a positive pregnancy test or not.” The most common question arises,” What to do after embryo transfer to increase success?”There is not a specific answer to this question but below are the best advice after embryo transfer given by the fertility experts from Indira INF and Fertility center:
The “two weeks wait” starts just after the embryo is transplanted in a women’s uterus. The embryo transfer procedure is a stressful yet exciting milestone in the fertility treatment journey for every woman. This is the time to nurture yourself, don’t taking the stress of the outcome from the very first day. Sit back, Relax and Laugh. When you are laughing you are far away from stress, and this is all that you need. Find your own way to live stress-free as you know what works best for you.
Lying on the bed all the time in the name of bed-rest is something not to do after embryo transfer. Bed rest cannot improve your chances of pregnancy after embryo transfer, which might make it worst. Take care of yourself, take rest, take plenty of sleep, and don’t do anything that you don’t want to do. You can continue your daily routine as you used to and can also start going office. Listen to your body; take a day off if you want, cuddle up on the couch, and watch your favorite series. Also, if you feel anxious at home and want to move around, go for a walk.
What to eat after the embryo transfer? Well, eat like you are pregnant already. Instead of listening to what others eat after their embryo transfer focus on your balanced and healthy diet. There is no “miracle food” Make your nutritionally balanced diet including fruits, vegetables, proteins, fibers, carbs. Also check on with your doctor regarding Vitamins, folic acid, and other supplements you should take. Needless to say that you should avoid all harmful substances like alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine.
Continue your supportive medications as instructed by your doctor. Never avoid a single medicine prescribed. These medicines help to keep your embryo alive and make your uterus environment optimal. Create a chart of all the medicines and complete your dose.
Don’t restrict yourself from your routine activities but lifting heavyweight post embryo transfer is not a good idea. There is no strict measure of how much to lift and twist but avoiding heavyweight and rigorous exercise should be avoided. Your ovaries are likely still enlarged and tender at this point and need to be protected, so a big NO to hard work out.
Avoid heat completely. Hot baths, hot yoga, sauna, heating pads, or anything that can raise the temperature of your uterus and should be strictly avoided after embryo transfer.
No IVF cycle guarantee pregnancy so you should keep yourself ready for all possible circumstances after the two weeks wait. This wait can make or break and you can’t deny this. But you should follow the above tips to keep your pregnancy chances higher after embryo transfer.
This is the time when your partner, family, friends, and your fertility clinic can be invaluable. Anxiety is a terrible thing to live through and during this period isolating yourself can make it worse. Don’t try to bear the entire stress alone. Let your people cheer you as you wait to find out if the embryo success transfer embryo transfer was successful.
When you look at the above list, you’ll realize it is not actually much you can do to change the outcome. These things won’t promise you success in the end but these are the factors that help you after embryo transfer to deal with that two-week wait successfully. The success rate is 99% depends upon the embryo and uterus interaction. If the result is positive after this waiting period ask for your IVF due date immediately. And, god forbid if the embryo transfer is not successful doesn’t blame yourself or your partner. It is really not in your control. You should talk to your fertility expert for advice but Never ever not give up the Hope of becoming a Parent.
Read our blog on coping with the failure of the first IVF cycle attempt here.
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