The final step of the IVF treatment process, the retrieval and implantation of the developed embryo can be an exciting but stressful milestone in the journey of many couples undergoing fertility treatment. The successful implantation depends on mostly two major factors – the quality of the embryo and the receptiveness of the uterus. But apart from this, there are several things that you can do to increase the chance of a successful implantation. Here are some tips to help you:
1. Request the most experienced doctor
Most clinics will tell you that the embryo transfer is routine and not really a risky step. But it is always good to ensure that you’re getting the best care. Therefore, insist that the senior doctor or consultant in the team carries out your embryo transfer so that you can have the peace of mind that he or she has a steady hand and won’t accidentally nick something in the process.
2. Take folic acid, along with multivitamins
Folic acid has been known to reduce the risk of birth defects, in both natural pregnancies and ones through IVF. It is advisable to take one tablet of folic acid a day from at least 3 months before you start IVF treatment. Talk to your doctor about the dosage and also consider taking a multivitamin which combines folic acid, vitamin D and all the B vitamins.
3. If you are over 40, consider transferring 2 embryos
The chances of implantation can be reduced after the age of 35. Thus, research suggests that it may be advisable for women above the age of 40 to transfer more than one embryo to ensure success of the treatment.
4. Don’t take bed rest after your embryo transfer
It is a myth that bed rest helps in successful embryo transfer. In reality, relaxing and staying upright can be much more helpful. On the contrary, strenuous exercise, heavy lifting and extremes of temperatures should be avoided as they may cause uterine contractions and can cause failure of implantation. Instead, consider taking a walk or have a good meal instead.
5. Eat as if you are already pregnant
There are several misconceptions on the internet about what you should or should not eat before and after your IVF treatment. However, such “implantation diets” or “miracle diets” can be nothing more than a myth. The best thing you can do is to have the same balanced diet during treatment and throughout your pregnancy – nutritionally balanced with necessary protein, fiber and vegetables.
Every woman’s body is different; therefore what may work for someone else may not work for you. However, you can implement these tips which are based on medical facts to ensure that your embryo transplant and subsequent pregnancy goes smoothly, without any complications. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!