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Prepping for embryo transfer?

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Snowdog37 Thu 25-May-17 12:11:41

I'm about 4 weeks away from embryo transfer (EEEK!!!) and would love to hear what you all did (or didn't do) to prepare? Did you eat certain things? Stop exercise? Take supplements? Did you take antibiotics or prednisone? Low did aspirin?
And after embryo transfer? Pineapple core? Bed rest? Going back to normal?
What worked or didn't work for you?
Thank you for any advice or tips! This is my very first embryo transfer and it's with donor eggs so I'm super nervous but also excited as my own eggs are no good.

broodynmoody Thu 25-May-17 14:17:43

I did absolutely nothing other than have full fat milk as the nurse requested. Took the medication which the nirse suggested and the folic acid which she suggested. Anything else is a waste of time and money IMO but u do whatever makes you feel better OP smile

Iwasjustabouttosaythat Thu 25-May-17 14:28:01

Took a pregnancy multivitamin leading up, and had a last, lovely coffee on the morning of the transfer. I stopped drinking alcohol, eating a bunch of stuff as you're supposed to just in case it took. And it did!

We were lucky enough to get 3 embryos our first IVF round. First transfer I got my lovely DS. A few years later we transferred another that didn't take. A month later the final embryo was transferred and we got two for the price of one!

I hope it works out just as beautifully for you.

Snowdog37 Thu 25-May-17 14:35:46

Thanks broody it's hard not to work yourself into a frenzy once you start googling lol. My RE has prescribed the usual Estrace, progesterone, plus for mild immune issues prednisone and baby aspirin. Told me to rest the day of and day after transfer but then carry on as normal albeit no heavy lifting or strenuous exercise (which l lol'ed at as I don't do that anyway. Thus me being a little more plump than I'd like)

The only "treat" I'm doing is acupuncture right before and after. There's studies that show it can help. But really I love it as it chills me out and I figured that's a good thing.

But yeah. There's so many crazy things out there I've read. Eating pineapple core? Yuck. If it was truly essential to success it would be prescribed right? Same for every other crazy thing. I've been drinking full fat milk for a while now just because I get some delicious grass fed organic cows milk from a farm near me. Soooooo good, and just feels healthier than skimmed or semi skimmed white water from the supermarket.

Well I'll carry on with my fairly minimal gimmicks and hope for the best!

Snowdog37 Thu 25-May-17 14:39:04

Thanks iwas I'm hoping for a buy one get one kind of situation so I don't have to go through this again more than 2-3 times, as that's all we can afford!
I've cut right down on coffee/tea I have one mug of one or the other most days. Took weeks of headaches to wean off. And as a public service I can't give up completely until I get the hallowed bfp as I'm a moody cow without it lol.

Persipan Thu 25-May-17 19:03:11

If your bladder, like mine, isn't a fan of 'comfortably full' then my advice is to literally practice having a comfortably (ha!) full bladder before transfer, so you get a sense of how much to drink and when. I was sooooo uncomfortable during transfer!

Snowdog37 Thu 25-May-17 19:17:36

persipan that's a great idea... I'm a little paranoid about peeing on the table.

Mehfruittea Thu 25-May-17 19:25:25

Just be careful with your milk, is it pasteurised? Just I know unpasteurised or raw milk is quite popular at the minute but can lead to bacterial infections.

I gave up caffeine and stopped alcohol in the build up, took pregnacare vits and was careful with diet etc. I also steered clear of hot baths and hot water bottles. Didn't know about that being a problem and my over reliance on hot water bottles especially could actually be my fertility problem. I get severe cramping during ovulation. From what I remember, there is cramping after transfer. Nothing else really that you can do to make it work. It's just sodding luck!

Snowdog37 Thu 25-May-17 19:54:13

Yes it's pasteurized, it's just from a local dairy and they have a pasteurization facility and also make their own cheese and ice cream with the pasteurized milk too. They do sell raw milk too but I stopped drinking that last year in preparation for fertility treatment. It's a shame really as it was also delicious and really fresh. The farm is monitored and tested by the State monthly for bacteria/cleanliness/sterility and ironically their milking facility and milk products are "cleaner" and lower bacteria than some other superfarms that supply supermarket milk. It's more expensive but I like knowing I drive past the cows chomping in the meadows, and they look so happy lol. Happy cows make yummy milk!

Snowdog37 Thu 25-May-17 19:55:56

And yes yes yes to sodding luck!!!! I'm a control freak and I am having a hard time knowing there's pretty much nothing I can do to affect the outcome!!!!

Blondeshavemorefun Sat 27-May-17 05:45:57

We've discussed this via message

Sadly there is nothing you can do to make et more successful or else the clinics would suggest it and everyone do it

But as you know that didn't stop me in the first four cycles in

Eating 3 boiled eggs a day for protein

Chicken every day for protein

Brazil nuts daily

Yes I've done the pineapple .......

Keeping feet warm and wearing socks in summer 24hrs a day as warm
Feet + warm embryo

Avoided fizzy drinks

Avoided caffeine /tea

Sure I did other crazy things as you read on a forum I did this and got preg .......

All 4 failed

5th attempt I did nothing - even think I drank coke and implanted and have as you know dd aka piglet 👶🏼💓🐷💓👶🏼 Xxx

Snowdog37 Sat 27-May-17 07:09:31

It's a fine line between thinking you're doing something that could help and being completely batshit lol.

I guess I feel like I should at least feel like I've done what I can even though logically I know nothing really 100% works. It's my first go at this so I'm allowed a teeny moment of batshit now and then 😂

I hope I get my own squishy piglet out of this cycle or the next. The third go is free if the first two don't work so at least I've got that thought to fall back on.

Blondeshavemorefun Sat 27-May-17 12:04:14

Yes wearing socks in summer was totally batshit 😂😂😂

I so
Hope you get your dream as well

Love love love my piglet. Never thought would happen xx

Snowdog37 Fri 02-Jun-17 18:54:43

10 days until I go and about 15 days until transfer!

Blondeshavemorefun Sat 03-Jun-17 08:04:48

Exciting stuff. Keep me posted by fb message x

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