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The end of an IVF cycle is not the end of your woes. In fact, once the cycle has ended, the wait to take a pregnancy test begins. This is a time riddled with anxiety, because you are eagerly expecting good news. Once you do get a positive result, things may start to look up. Not all is over yet. You can breathe a sigh of relief, but you still have to monitor your pregnancy very carefully. Here's what to expect during your IVF pregnancy – especially its early stages.
This is a time to celebrate. Your hard work and patience has paid off and you are finally on the road to becoming parents. However, since the journey till now has been tumultuous, it is almost impossible not to be slightly scared. If you have been trying to get pregnant for some time, you may have gone through a flurry of fertility treatments before you could finally achieve your pregnancy.
Therefore, till the time you finally have your baby in your arms, you may want to be slightly cautious with your celebrations. These conflicting emotions are completely normal. If you are scared, that is a normal response to this situation. Talk about your feelings with friends and family because it will help.
Among your prenatal vitamins and other supplements, your doctor may consider keeping you on continued progesterone support. Depending on the status of your IVF pregnancy and your general health condition, the doctor will take a call on whether you require progesterone, and whether you need continued support and for how long.
Progesterone is administered through injections and vaginal suppositories. Your doctor and you can together decide which course to take. Injections can be extremely painful, so ask your doctor about vaginal suppositories.
Yours is a precious pregnancy, especially because you have put in a lot of effort and financial sacrifice to achieve it. Your doctors, therefore, will want to monitor you closely. It is not a necessity, yet most doctors decide to keep monitoring their patients.
They will usually ask you to get regular blood work done to look for rising hCG levels, estrogen levels and progesterone levels. If you did experience ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome (OHSS), they will want to test for that too. Regular ultrasounds are also common in an IVF pregnancy.
Relax and Be Comfortable
Stay in touch with your doctor and undergo all the testing and monitoring required, but it is important for you to also continue to relax and rest, because as your pregnancy advances, it may get more uncomfortable. If you have had OHSS during your treatment, monitor your symptoms closely because often the symptoms begin to worsen and can be dangerous if left unchecked.
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Becoming a parent is certainly not easy, especially when you are planning an IVF pregnancy. So after you have confirmed your pregnancy, it is time to pull yourself together and prepare yourself for maternity.