Embryo Transfers are exciting yet nerve-wracking. They’re the “finish line” of IVF in a way. When I did my Embryo Transfer, I had a mix of emotions. I thought to myself “wow, the time I’m actually going to be pregnant for the first time is finally here”. Today, I wanted to share what to do to prepare for embryo transfer.
These are things I personally did to prepare for my frozen embryo transfer. I did write a post about What to Do After an Embryo Transfer so be sure to check that out!
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Prenatals should be the number one thing on the list if you are not taking them already. Vitamins can take up to 3-months to take affect in the body. I had been taking these SmartyPants prenatals for some time before we even started our IVF journey.
Find a prenatal with Folate in it! Folate is a more pure form of folic acid. Folic Acid/Folate is important because it helps prevent miscarriage, “neural tube defects”, and other birth defects. It’s important to have it in your system before becoming pregnant!
Be On-Time with Medication
IVF is a very sensitive time and it’s no different with Embryo Transfers. Make sure you stay on top of your medication and take them on time. When I was doing my embryo transfer, I needed to take Estrace twice a day, 12 hours apart. On top of that, I also had to do Progesterone in Oil Injections.
Some medications need to be taken at specific times due to their dissolving nature and for them to take affect. If you miss a dose, call your nurse/doctor right away to let them know!
Make sure to drink plenty of water in the days leading up to and after the embryo transfer. Being hydrated optimizes blood flow, makes the uterus nice and squishy, and helps plump up the uterine lining.
Not to mention, drinking plenty of water will help disperse medication evenly throughout the body which would optimize your chance of transfer success. Drink. Your. Water!
If uterine lining is an issue, look into drinking pure pomegranate juice for up to 3-4 days prior to transfer. Squishy lining means it’s a happy environment for the embryo to snuggle in!
There’s no real proof that pomegranate juice helps beef up the lining in your uterus, but it tastes delicious! Not to mention the antioxidants and vitamins will help nourish your body.
Relax After Embryo Transfer
Most clinics will tell you to go home and be a couch potato after your embryo transfer. Make arrangements before transfer to have your favorite meal ready or delivered and get some movies ready!
Me, personally, I made sure the house was spotless the day before transfer. After our transfer, we came home, ordered my favorite meal from one of my favorite restaurants, and we just relaxed the rest of the day. When your house is clean, you’re stress-free… and that’s super important!
Stress is your enemy when it comes to trying to conceive. If you’re stressed, your body is stress and won’t be welcoming for that embryo.
As I stated earlier, I made sure the chores around the house was clean beforehand. I also tried to finish as much work as I could so I wouldn’t stress about it when I took a couple days off work.
After transfer, I loaded up on face masks, my favorite snacks, and had shows ready to watch on Netflix. Try to remain as stress-free as possible during the next two weeks!