The embryo transfer is the final and most crucial step in the IVF implantation process. I would describe it as the most awaited episode in a thrilling season of a TV serial. The transfer itself is relatively quick and painless, but it is the waiting period that can be the most difficult. For two long weeks, patients must wait and hope that the embryos have successfully implanted and begun to grow. It is a time of great anxiety and anticipation. You may be wondering what you should do after your embryo transfer — and what you should avoid doing.
I would like to share some advice about the Do’s and Don’ts after your Embryo Transfer that can increase IVF success. Read this blog to find out more.
Things to remember after Embryo Transfer
After your embryos have been transferred back into your uterus, there are a few things to remember after undergoing embryo transfer.
You can cough and sneeze if you have to. That will not dislodge your embryo. You can get up from the procedure 5 to 15 minutes after ET. After your embryo transfer, you can go home within an hour. You may have some cramping and spotting which is not unusual. Let us know if this happens.
Sneezing and coughing do not affect embryo implantation as the embryo is cushioned inside the uterus and burrows into the bed of the uterus. It does not float freely in the uterus.
Take things easy that day. You can move around but avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting. Many people move very slowly. You can walk at your average speed.
What not to do after your embryo transfer?
In order to increase the IVF success after embryo transfer, you need to remember a few things. Here are all those things you should not do after embryo transfer.
Don’t go near the cooking place
Be away from the heat of the cooking range, as that can make you uncomfortable. Raising your body temperature can potentially affect the implantation of the embryo and lead to a lower success rate. So, don’t do this after your embryo transfer.
Avoid sexual intercourse
To ensure success after embryo transfer, doctors recommend avoiding sex intercourse for a week to 10 days after the embryo transfer in order to increase the chances of pregnancy success.
Stay away from polluted areas
You can resume your work after a day or two. You do not need to stop working or going to the office. However, there are few restrictions after embryo transfer, for example, do not go to places which are heavily polluted. It might affect your success rate.
Don’t inhale strong-scented substances
Avoid inhaling petrol and diesel fumes by travelling through areas with less traffic or travelling at a time when the traffic is minimal. If you have any concerns, please contact us. You will have to wait for 2 weeks to confirm the pregnancy.
What can you do after your embryo transfer?
You should not forget about the things that decrease the chances of IVF success after embryo transfer. Read below to find more information.
Carry on with your daily chores
Bending, bathing, and taking care of your daily needs are permitted. You can perform light cooking. You can also give yourself a few days off. Just pamper yourself to relax and rest.
Blood Pregnancy Test Results
There are a few things that you can do after you have gotten your blood pregnancy test results. If your hCG levels increase by 60% over 4 days from one test to the next, it’s very likely that the pregnancy is doing well.
If your hCG levels are lower than what is mentioned on the chart, it is recommended that you carry out timely bhCG tests to see the values. This will determine the healthiness of the pregnancy. Ideally, we recommend doing the b hCG till your values reach 20,000 units.
After that, we will ask you to do your first early pregnancy scan. You can expect to experience a range of pregnancy symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and bloating.
To sum up:
After embryo transfer, it is important to take some precautions and follow a few do’s and don’ts in the first few days. Here are the basics that you need to remember in order to ensure a healthy pregnancy after embryo transfer.
Once again, these symptoms are normal and usually resolve within a few weeks. Be calm. Take support from friends & family.
If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to contact our team of experts at our IVF centre in Mumbai. We would be happy to help guide you through this exciting time!