Many women who are doing IVF wonder whether it’s important to be on bed rest after the embryo has been implanted. Most of their family members will also urge them to do the same. It’s important to keep in mind, that regardless of whether you restrict yourself to bed or carry on your daily activities as usual, there will be no difference in the IVF outcome. Most patients are worried that their embryo will get dislodged from their uterus and that being physically active can affect the ability of their embryos to implant.

A common worry

Every woman who is in the 2WW stage is extremely worried about carrying on her regular activities; her fear is that it will affect the outcome of her IVF cycle. As if her own fears, backed by the advice that family members and friends give, wasn’t enough, the doctor  sometimes tells her that she should take bed rest once the embryo has been transferred. So is bed rest really going to help in any way?

No adverse effects 

A number of scientific publications do address this issue. They confirm that even if a woman continues with her normal activities after embryo transfer, it will not impact  the IVF outcome in any way. As a matter of fact, there is some recent research which indicates that being on complete bed  rest post embryo transfer will actually have a negative impact on  your chances of conception. It’s important that you continue with your  regular activities, but don’t  do anything that would cause you to blame yourself if the cycle is unsuccessful.

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Is it safe to take antibiotics or pain killers after the embryo transfer? 

Most women are aware that medications can harm their fetus and it’s important that they take only the medicines that their doctor has prescribed for them. It’s also why women just assume that any drug they take during the 2WW can harm their developing embryo; and they will shun away from all medication, including simple pain killers even if they happen to need them.

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They feel that they must check with their doctor first , even before they take that analgesic to treat  their headache. Most women are surprised to hear that there is no harm in taking medicines post an embryo transfer. The drug that you consume will reach your embryo only if it establishes a blood supply from you.

And this can happen only when the embryo implants on the uterine lining; that’s when you get a +ve pregnancy test. Till that point of time, it’s perfectly safe for you to take antibiotics and painkillers; there is no path via which they can reach your embryo and harm it. However, once you get a positive pregnancy test, do consult your doctor before taking any medications.

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

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