The 2 Week Wait
Prepare yourself for a few days rest!. You do not need to completely stop your usual daily activities, however it is advisable to avoid any undue stress and strains, both physically and mentally. This can be a very emotionally charged two weeks, so it is best to try and stay as positive as possible. Daily focused deep breathing ideally in the morning can really set your day up to a positive start by calming the nervous system and reducing the amount of stress hormone cortisol produced by the body.
The following are some suggestions for Post Transfer:
It is best to completely avoid any alcohol, coffee, coca-cola or other stimulants.
Do not eat cold foods. No ice cold beverages and ESPECIALLY avoid ice cream. Think nourishing foods like soups and stews, porridge for breakfast.
Eat well, using the dietary advice given in consultation. Aim for alkaline rather than acidic foods. Get plenty of essential fatty acids; avocados, nuts, seeds, olive oil.
Consume lots of organic vegetables. Make sure they are cooked! Do not eat raw foods.
Have the foods ready in the house so there is no need for travel.
Stay hydrated with plenty of water at room temperature.
Avoid straining with bowel movement in the days following transfer. If you are prone to constipation, increase dietary fibre or take a mild stool softener (but not a laxative).
Exercise daily before IVF transfer, but do not begin any exercise program just before or during a cycle. If you do exercise, avoid sit-ups or any jarring, high-impact, or heavy weight-lifting exercises that make you grunt and raise intra-abdominal pressure. I recommend walking, except on the days immediately following transfer.
Avoid carrying or lifting heavy objects that can strain the abdominal muscles.
Avoid douching and swimming pools in order to avoid undue contamination of the vagina. Also avoid saunas, hot tubs and Jacuzzis.
Avoid unnecessary exposure to solvents and paints containing lead.
It is best to avoid intercourse for two weeks.
Always keep your feet warm, wear socks, never use hot packs on your low back or abdomen, hot packs on your feet are great and safe.
After transfer, remain as calm and stationary as possible. Meditate. Breathe deeply. Listen to soothing music, imagine the embryo implanting, visualize, see it, and believe it.
Laugh a lot, stay positive and rely on your support group to help out at this time; the waiting is stressful, so be nice to yourself.
Listen to yourself. How will you feel best about this time? Will taking time off from work help? Do your best to keep stress hormones out of the equation. Give the embryo within you as much help as you can to settle into its new home!
Support through Acupuncture is usually given 7-10 days post embryo transfer, this treatment helps to support implantation and reduce any stress levels. For more information please call the clinic on 01 214 0575 or Marianne directly on 0879697413