IVF patients are stressed out because they're not sure whether their IVF cycle is going to work or not.
And since everyone knows that stress is not good for patients, they try to reduce their stress levels by providing them with a protective environment. Many family members - especially the older ones - impose all kinds of dietary restrictions after the embryo transfer, under the assumption that some foods are "hot" or cold" and may harm the embryo. Many still insist that patients remain on bedrest and not perform any physical activity, because they think this will dislodge the embryo !
However, they fail to realize that their loving concern can actually backfire ! This can have a counterproductive effect , and often ends up increasing their stress levels.
Women who are forced to stay in bed often end up getting sick ! An idle mind is a devil's workshop, and they keep on brooding about whether they are going to pregnant or not. This just makes going through the 2ww a greater mental torture !
Also, bed rest causes the back to hurt; muscles become stiff; and pelvic blood flow decreases.
Please remember that once an embryo is inside the uterus, there's nothing we can do to influence the outcome either way, since implantation is a biological process we cannot control. An embryo is the uterus is safe and secure - think of it as being a pearl in an oyster !
Please remember that women going through IVF are not patients - they are healthy women, and we are using IVF only to assist them to start their family !
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