Do’s and Don’ts after Embryo Transfer
The best thing to do after embryo transfer is to stay calm, apply common sense and try to continue living life as normally as possible.
The only thing not to do is think that implantation of the embryo will be affected by anything that you do.
Commonly asked questions after embryo transfer are: Is complete bed rest required?, Can I walk, continue with my job, climb stairs, commute, exercise, swim, have intercourse, eat spicy food, take other medicines for common ailments such as cold, fever etc.
The Thumb Rule to keep in mind while answering these questions is: Just keep on doing what you were doing before undergoing the process of IVF and Embryo Transfer.
The most important thing to remember about Embryo Transfer and the Uterus is that after IVF, the transferred embryo will not drop out of the uterus if one stands. Gravity has no role to play in Implantation and pregnancy. This means that resting, lying down, sitting cross legged or standing and working will have no impact whatsoever on the implantation and pregnancy rates.
As stated before, one should try to be as normal as possible after Embryo Transfer. Going for walks, going to work, doing the normal chores at home etc. are all recommended. Being glued to the bed will do you no good.
In fact bed rest has been shown to reduce pregnancy rates in studies. This fact has been proven beyond doubt in many studies. One such study which has been published in the leading IVF and ART journals is available online at: http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(13)00609-2/fulltext
Complete lack of physical activity will not do any good to the body.
Restricting physical activities and restraining one’s own self to a room and bed will cause unnecessary stress because the only thing that you’ll be thinking about is what to do and what not to do.
Here’s another video that explains the post Embryo Transfer phase in very logical and simple words :