STAGE 9 | Two week wait

  • People undergoing IVF often say the agonising two-week wait to see if you are pregnant is the hardest part. Women often worry about losing embryos by moving around afterwards, but there’s no evidence that normal activities have any effect.
  • There are stories of women lying in bed, terrified, but Professor Robert Winston says “don’t regard yourself as an invalid”. Take it easy for a few days and avoid sex for two weeks.
  • It’s not unusual to experience mild cramps and some pelvic discomfort. It’s probably best not to travel abroad so that you can stay in touch with the clinic if you have any concerns.
  • Spotting that occurs mid-two week wait may be caused by the embryo implanting itself into the uterine wall.

Avoid the temptation to take a pregnancy test too early as the hormones will probably give you a false positive result. Wait at least until day 12 (tough, we know). Your clinic may ask you to provide a urine sample to check your hormone levels

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