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Do’s and don’ts in preparation for embryo transfer

WOMAN'S INSTINCT
By - | September 15th 2012

Since my last very painful injection, the biggest symptom so far is I’m just feeling tired. I honestly feel like I have been out working the field. I’m extremely sleepy at work and I can’t even have my usual coffee in the morning.

After my injection, the nurse gave me a form with a whole list of rules of what to do and what not to do. Here are some of the instructions I am to follow.

• No sex until I get the pregnancy results and after that no sex for six-eight weeks (my poor husband).

• No caffeine at all.

• Certain foods are forbidden — like yoghurt, cheese, mangoes, sour milk or anything fermented.

• No greasy foods.

• No alcohol.

• No medication unless prescribed by the doctor.

• No carrying, lifting or pushing heavy things.

• No strenuous exercises.

• No riding on bumpy roads.

• No tight clothing.

• And no high heeled shoes.

?But most of these are to be strictly observed after the embryo transfer. I can hardly wait for the next two days for the egg retrieval to be done!

One other symptom I have is that I feel like I’m carrying a sack of stones in my pouch. It really feels so heavy down there. I’m actually waddling as I walk. Yesterday as I was walking to the shops, I actually sort of had a sneak preview of how I’m going to be walking with my big twin belly!

I’m praying for twins! But I have to walk straight in the office lest anyone asks me what the deal is, so I’m actually struggling with my walk. I hope it doesn’t get worse as the day goes by.

I suppose I have made more eggs following a shot I had on Saturday. I pray that they are all viable and good eggs so that I get to freeze many for future use.

With the sleep and fatigue having taken over me, yawning and struggling to keep my eyelids open are challenging. This is as a result of a hormone released during pregnancy right? I’m going to be one sleepy lady for three months!

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