Yesterday’s transfer went as well as it possibly could have! We transferred our last two “normal” embryos. Both embryos hatched prior to transfer, which is a good thing. Meet embryos #13 and 35 (the numbers are out of 50, since we originally had 50 eggs retrieved.) They will, of course, have real names eventually!
I had a lot more cramping after the transfer yesterday than I remember having last time, but by the time I went to bed last night it had eased up quite a bit. Immediately after the transfer I came home and had my first pineapple slice.
To Prepare for Transfer this Time Around…
1) I bought my pineapple a few days before the transfer, but waited until the morning of to slice it, so that it would be as fresh as possible. I also bought loads of avocados. I remember reading somewhere before our last transfer that women who eat an avocado a day during the several days post-transfer have a higher IVF success rate than those who don’t. (No, I don’t remember the source, so I have no idea how reliable that stat is, but I figure it can’t hurt. Plus, I love avocados.)
2) I wrote down my meal plan for the two-week wait. I actually only planned for the first week, because I felt a little overwhelmed trying to plan for two weeks at the same time. I followed the same guidelines as last time, since they seemed to work, but changed up the actual meals.
3) I grocery shopped for the two-week wait.
4) I did some meal prep on Sunday, before my Monday morning transfer. Meal prep included baking a loaf of this grain-free bread, hard-boiling about 15 eggs, making homemade jam and ghee (my mom did both these things for me.) I also thawed a roast to throw into the crock pot on Monday morning.
5) I bought unscented soap and deodorant, and bathed with it the night before transfer, and the morning of. My husband did this as well.
6) I did our family’s laundry: washed, dried, folded, and put away. I did this because we can be bad about starting laundry but not finishing it (by “we” I mostly mean Andrew.) This is a big stressor for me, so I knew I wouldn’t fully be able to relax if we had undone or half-done laundry hanging around.
7) I cleaned the house, and paid special attention to the bathrooms. Dirty bathrooms are another thing that I just can’t stand, and I know now that we’ve had the transfer, I won’t do much heavy cleaning for several days.
8) I made sure we had chemical-free cleaning products made and ready to use! You can find recipes on Pinterest for just about any cleaning product you could imagine.
9) My socks have been out of sight, out of mind all summer long. A couple days before our transfer, I gathered my favorites together, washed them in unscented detergent, and put them in a little basket by the bed. This way they are on display to help me remember to wear them, even in the heat of summer!
10) The evening before our transfer I got a bag together for me to take to the clinic. Apart from the regular things you’d normally find in my purse, I added two books, a full-to-the-brim water bottle, unscented chap stick, and an envelope with a piece of paper inside. (I took the envelope so the embryologist could write down our babies’ genders for us to read later.) I packed my water bottle ahead of time because I knew I’d want my water at room temp, so there was no need to refrigerate it.
After our doctor’s assistant brought us back to the transfer wing of the clinic, the embryologist showed us our embryos’ picture, and then left us alone to pray over them. After this came the only sad moment of the process, when we were presented with a form to fill out authorizing the clinic to destroy our “abnormal” embryos. I knew we’d eventually have to do this, but it hit me harder than I thought it would.
Here is a timeline of what our embryos will be up to during these next many days after our five-day transfer. Because both our embryos hatched prior to transfer, this may not be exactly accurate for us, but it’s still really neat to know what is supposed to be happening when.
- 1dpt….Blastocyst hatches out of shell
- 2dpt.. Blastocyst attaches to a site on the uterine lining
- 3dpt.. Implantation begins as the blastocyst begins to bury in the lining
- 4dpt.. Implantation process continues and morula buries deeper in the lining
- 5dpt.. Morula is completely inmplanted in the lining and has placenta cells & fetal cells
- 6dpt…Placenta cells begin to secret HCG in the blood
- 7dpt…More HCG is produced as fetus develops
- 8dpt…More HCG is produced as fetus develops
- 9dpt…HCG levels are now high enough to be immediately detected on HPT!!!
If you’re undergoing a three-day transfer, here is the timeline for your embryo(s):
- 1dpt .. Embryo is growing and developing
- 2dpt… Embryo is now a blastocyst
- 3dpt….Blastocyst hatches out of shell
- 4dpt.. Blastocyst attaches to a site on the uterine lining
- 5dpt.. Implantation begins,as the blastocyst begins to bury in the lining –> I’m prolly here today!
- 6dpt.. Implantation process continues and morula buries deeper in the lining
- 7dpt.. Morula is completely implanted in the lining and has placenta cells & fetal cells
- 8dpt…Placenta cells begin to secret HCG in the blood
- 9dpt…More HCG is produced as fetus develops
- 10dpt…More HCG is produced as fetus develops
- 11dpt…HCG levels are now high enough to be immediately detected on HPT
Here’s What I’m Doing Now…
1) Remaining active- My doctor does not recommend bed rest, although other doctors may after FET.She explained to me that, although adequate rest is important, it is also important to remain active after a frozen embryo transfer. This helps prevent blood clots (which are a side-effect of many fertility meds) and promotes blood flow to the uterus.
2) Continuing meds- I’m still taking Metformin, baby aspirin, PIO (progesterone in oil,) and estrogen tablets (four by mouth each day, and one as a suppository.)
3) Keeping my feet warm- Warm feet = warm uterus
4) Eating loads of protein and good fat- Babies are made of protein and fat! I am also avoiding grains completely. Since imbalanced insulin levels can make it difficult for the embryos to attach to the uterus, I am really watching what I eat.
5) Eating only warm foods, and drinking beverages that are warm or at room temperature. Honestly, I am not drinking much other than water. I am not eating raw veggies, as they take a lot of blood and energy to digest. I do not want to take blood away from my uterus. I am eating only warming foods: cooked veggies, soups, etc.
6) Eating pineapple!