There’s no doubt the two week wait before you can do a pregnancy test is a challenging time. There’s so much advice out there on what to do and not to do, and, as always, it’s inconsistent. The key messages I took were as follows:
- Don’t take to your bed for two weeks, gentle exercise is a better idea. I did yoga and gardening through my two week wait as I think getting the blood flowing is a good idea.
- Keep hydrated
- No heavy lifting
- No baths, swimming and no sex to avoid infection
- Keep taking your prescribed medications at the same dose
- No sporting activities
- No alcohol
- Avoid the foods they tell you not to eat when pregnant
- No caffeine
- Some people swear by brazil nuts or pineapple to aid implantation. I did occasionally eat these but I was intermittent at best.
- And, finally, TRY to relax….so much easier said then done when you will undoubtedly have a running dialogue going on for the whole time…
Has it worked? Is that a symptom? Should I exercise? Thank goodness I have frosties to fall back on, we can always go back for another go. Should I test early? How soon can a pregnancy test detect HCG? Perhaps going to yoga this week will help get the blood flowing around. Are my boobs any bigger? Is that just the progesterone? Why do other women find it so easy to get pregnant? Does my stomach feel harder than yesterday? Is that a sign? Why are the days taking so long to pass? Can we have sex? And how can Mike stay so calm? Oh, I just fell asleep in the passenger seat, that’s unusual, does that mean I’m pregnant?
Seriously, the two week wait is just hard work so I think the easiest thing to do is accept that as the case and get through it as best you can. Go back to work, stay busy, find anything you can to distract yourself, stay away from Google.
If you really want to symptom spot then these are the most popular symptoms reported on Fertility Friends from people who went on to have a positive pregnancy test, in order of most reported. But I think you’ll agree, many of these are also common pre-period symptoms and/or side effects of IVF medication so I suspect this is a list that only works in hindsight!
- Period pains
- Tummy cramps (not AF type)
- Painful boobs
- Frequent peeing
- Large boobs
- Extreme tiredness
- Emotions change
- Increased appetite
- Dizziness (room spinning)
- Night sweats
- Strong sense of smell
- Veiny boobs
- Funny taste in mouth
- Itchy nipples
- Loss of appetite
- No symptoms
And GOOD LUCK !! As Mike said, what’s done is done and if it’s worked it’s worked and most probably nothing I do is likely to change the outcome.
Leave it in the lap of the Gods, and just hope for the best