Whether you have tried to get pregnant without treatment or with drugs, IUI and/or IVF, the part of the cycle that involves waiting to hear the "news" about your cycle may be exhausting. Each day you may be monitoring your body for signs of early pregnancy or for signs that you feel may mean your menstrual bleeding will soon begin. It is like being on a rollercoaster of hope and fear. Consider the following survival tips:
What if I am spotting?
If you start to have vaginal spotting, don't panic. It is possible to be pregnant and spot as well.
Does it mean I'm pregnant if I have symptoms?
Remember that some of the early physical signs of pregnancy: breast tenderness, bloating, tiredness and stomach upset can also be caused by the drugs you may be taking, such as progesterone. Symptoms of pregnancy can come and go in some woman. You may feel very pregnant one day and feel nothing the next day. You can't depend on your body to tell you if you are pregnant; you have to wait for the test.
Do I need to stay off my feet? Can I exercise?
Your clinic will instruct you regarding activity especially if you had an IVF cycle. In any case only do moderate exercise - avoid step aerobics and exercise that elevate your body temperature and pulse rate excessively.
Are there any foods I should avoid?
Foods with MSG and synthetic sweeteners should be avoided in early pregnancy.
Should I avoid intercourse?
Unless you are spotting, intercourse is fine. However, discuss this with your doctor if you have had a history of miscarriage or are facing a high-risk pregnancy.
Will the cramps and twinges that may be a result of progesterone ruin my chances for implantation?
No this is just a side effect of the progesterone and does not impact implantation.
I'm thinking of using a home pregnancy test before my blood pregnancy test. Will it be accurate?
The most accurate test is the blood test. If you had an hCG shot you must wait at least 12 days to get an accurate result with a pregnancy test.
What symptoms should I be aware of, and should I contact my doctor if I have?
If you have any of the following symptoms: a fever; bright red vaginal bleeding; abdominal, pelvic, neck or leg pain; feeling faint or extremely dizzy and weak, call your doctor. They could indicate an infection or tubal pregnancy, which need medical attention.