So the transfer has happened and that baby is *hopefully* getting comfy in your uterine wall. The hard work is over, or maybe it’s just begun. Either way, you have to be ready. So what do you do (and not do) during the dreaded two week wait?
Eat fresh pineapple core. It’s said to help with implantation, and my feelings on it are that it couldn’t hurt. Cut the pineapple into four or five equal parts. Do not discard the core. Separate the cut parts into storage containers and eat a part a day until it’s all consumed.
Acupuncture. Again, if it’s available to you, why not? It’s said to support implantation and increase blood flow to the uterus, among many other relaxation and wellness benefits.
When to go?
My acupuncturist saw me the day before the transfer and the two days following. I will continue seeing her once a week throughout the pregnancy’s term if the transfer was successful.
Keep the core warm. Drink lots of decaf tea, hot water with lemon, eat soup and other warm/room temperature food and drink.
Take a prenatal with DHA. This is a given. Folic Acid (Folate preferred), Vitamin D, iron, and calcium are all instrumental in healthy growth of the fetus.
Consume fresh fruits and veggies. Rinse all produce thoroughly before eating. Organic is best when available.
Rest. Now is not the time to overdo it. Taking it easy while you wait is not only beneficial for your body (it’s working so hard already) but also for your mind.
Continue Progesterone injections/suppositories per your doctor’s advise.
Exercise. Limit exercise to walking, and cut out all sweat inducing activities until cleared by your doctor.
Overheat. Hot tubs, saunas, warm baths, hot yoga – all off limits.
Drink iced beverages. Keeping the core warm is essential during the two week wait, which means avoiding iced beverages and drinking even filtered water at room temperature.
Alcohol and Caffeine. No amount of alcohol is considered safe during pregnancy. Caffeine should be limited to one 12-ounce cup a day. If choosing decaf, it’s important to confirm that the beans have been swiss water processed (not chemically processed).
Smoke. Just don’t do it.
Change the cat’s litter box. Have your partner or a friend change the litter box to avoid the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis infection.
- unpasteurized milk
- unpasteurized cheese (soft cheeses such as brie, goat cheese – check the label to be sure)
- hot dogs, lunch meats and cold cuts
- oysters, clams, mussels
- refrigerated pate’, meat spreads, and smoked seafood
- raw and under-cooked seafood, eggs, and meat
- Limit weekly intake of fish to 12 ounces
*Please note: Advice listed is a combination given directly from my fertility clinic, healing and wellness clinic and personal research done on my behalf.