The Two Week Wait (2ww)- How to Manage it

In the course of your IVF treatment cycle, once your embryos have been transferred to the uterus, there is a waiting period of two weeks; its only after these 2 weeks that you will be able to find out whether you are pregnant or not. Having to wait for 2 whole weeks can create a significant amount of havoc in your life. Everyone around you will give you tips and advice about the things you should and should not be doing in this very important phase.

Different fears

It’s natural for you to be anxious not to do anything that would harm your embryo and this can stress you out completely; you want to ensure that your embryos implant as they should, and your constant fear is that something you do may just end up dislodging them, or your body might reject them. The different things people will tell you:

  • Some people may tell you that its best to adhere to a specific diet during this time
  • Others will tell you the exact opposite
  • Some people will tell you that consuming fruits like papaya can increase the internal temperature of your body and that this can harm your embryo
  • There will be a whole lot of contrasting opinions that get thrown at you that it leaves you in a state of utter confusion. Some will tell you that riding a 2 wheeler or taking a hot bath, lifting weights or taking painkillers will have a negative impact on the embryo implantation

The facts

Every single day of that 2WW, you will find yourself drowning in a deluge of advice. This can stress you out and can also make you too emotional or cautious. The fact is that this wait can seem excruciatingly long and can harm your emotional balance. Sure you are protective about your embryos, but if you just obsess about them every single moment of the day, it’s not going to do you any good.

The simple fact is that eating and drinking different things isn’t going to harm your embryos and you should just lead a normal life during those 2 weeks. This will help you deal with the stress in a much better way. Just keep yourself occupied and this helps you keep your mind off all these worries. In any case, you really can’t do much about the embryos once they have been transferred to your uterus.


During your IVF treatment cycle, once your embryos have been transferred back to the uterus, there is a 2 week waiting period before you can find out if you are pregnant or not. This wait can create havoc in your life and it’s important to calm down.

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Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.