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Pregnancy After IVF: Now What?

Congratulations! You’ve graduated. You’re likely beaming with joy while at the same time trying to keep negative, worrisome thoughts in check. Am I right?

I hope I’m wrong, but if you’re like so many of the fertility patients I see, then you may be hyper-aware of your body, emotions and sensitive to the what-ifs of pregnancy post your IVF treatment. This was the topic of the August 16th Egg Whisperer show.

Now you’re pregnant, and yes, you may have dreamed of this moment for quite some time. But it’s okay not to love every second of being pregnant

You are not alone! And you do not have to manage these feelings by yourself or with the help of Google. In fact, please make a pact with me right now that you’ll do your best to avoid Google. Instead, save yourself the heartache and talk to me, your OBGYN or read articles from trusted sources like this blog if you can’t have a conversation with a doctor. I also recommend that patients seek out help from a mental health professional if needed. Get all of the help and support you need during and after pregnancy, and especially during this first trimester!

Not Feeling Overjoyed: It’s OK!

Get all of the help and support you need during and after pregnancy, and especially during this first trimester!

I want to get real for a moment. Despite the joy that comes with pregnancy, it’s okay not to love every second of it, especially if you’ve experienced infertility or miscarriages in the past. Now you’re pregnant, and yes, you may have dreamed of this moment for quite some time. You may have even invested years and a lot of financial and emotional resources, but it’s okay not to love every second of being pregnant.

You may feel tired, your body may ache, and you may feel awful. Or you may feel amazing too! I don’t want to paint a stark picture of pregnancy, but I also want to give you a reality check and a figurative hall pass to not love it, even if you’re in love with the result.

Now let’s get down to the clinical aspects of what you can expect in early pregnancy after IVF.

It’s important to think of you and your OBGYN as a team and to work together to ensure you and your baby are healthy

It’s important to think of you and your OBGYN as a team and to work together to ensure you and your baby are healthy. Understand that your tests could look different from someone else’s — another instance of why personalized fertility care is essential to expect from your doctor.

Expect for specific routine measures of your health at every doctor’s appointment. He or she will check your weight, blood pressure, urine protein and urine glucose checks throughout your pregnancy.

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Fertility Doctor, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Egg Whisperer: www.eggwhisperer.com

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