IVF patients are stressed out because they're not sure
whether their IVF cycle is going to work
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 !
What to find an IVF clinic which respects your time and intelligence ?