Once your IVF cycle is over, you can’t still breathe easy. As a matter of fact, once the cycle ends, the dreaded 2WW to take the pregnancy test begins. This phase is full of anxiousness as you are just waiting for the good news. If the result is positive, then you may well have brighter days ahead and you can breathe a little easy; however it’s still crucial that you monitor your pregnancy closely. Take a look at the things you can expect while you are undergoing IVF treatment –especially in the early stages.

The Excitement

It’s definitely a time to rejoice; all your patience & hard work has paid off and you are finally on the path to becoming parents. However, you have traversed very trying times and it’s natural for you to be a little scared. If you have gone through multiple IVF cycles before finally getting pregnant, you will have definitely have gone through a number of tests and treatments. This is why it’s important to be a little restrained while you are celebrating.

It’s perfectly normal to feel all these conflicting emotions. It’s normal to feel scared and anxious and the one way to reduce these feelings is to talk about your feelings, with close friends and family.

Read- My Early IVF Pregnancy- Inner Musings 


In addition to the standard supplements and prenatal vitamins you will be asked to take, your doctor might also consider keeping you on progesterone support for some time. This will depend on what the status of your IVF pregnancy is as well as your overall health condition. Progesterone will be administered via vaginal suppositories and injections. The latter can be quite painful and you should ask your doctor about the suppositories.

Continued Monitoring

You have put in a significant amount of effort, time and money into your IVF pregnancy, it is very precious. This is also why your doctors will monitor you very closely. Tough this isn’t really necessary; many doctors prefer to continue monitoring their patients. They will generally ask you to get some regular blood work done- this is to check for:

  • Rising hCG levels
  • Estrogen levels
  • Progesterone levels

If you have experienced OHSS (ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome), the doctor will want a test for that as well. It’s very common for doctors to do regular ultrasounds in IVF too.

Read More about  OHSS - Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome


Becoming a parent is definitely not easy; this is especially true when you are planning an IVF pregnancy. Once the pregnancy has been confirmed, gather yourself and prepare yourself for maternity.

Not happy with the attention you are getting from your IVF clinic? Need more information? Please send me your medical details by filling in the form at www.drmalpani.com/free-second-opinion so that I can guide you!

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

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