“The transfer of the embryo – he explains Silvia Colamaria gynecologist in charge of Pma treatment at the GeneraLife center in Rome – represents the final phase of an assisted fertilization treatment and it is the moment that most likely generates more anxiety in couples, who often ask themselves what they can and cannot do immediately after this very important step. Immediately after the transfer, often when they are still on the couch in the operating room, the patients ask me if they can get off normally, if they should stay in bed in the clinic or at home. What is good to remember is that the implantation of the embryo is something that depends very little on our will“.
What cannot be done after an embryo transfer?
“Despite this, what I suggest after an embryo transfer – continues Dr. Colamaria – is to avoid using the scooter, bicycle for mechanical stresses that could cause the belly to contract, avoid intense sports, especially those involving hops, mechanical traumas, or even straining of the abdominals (including yoga and pilates); To avoid weght lifting for the same reason, i hot baths, or spas, the saunas it is something that is inadvisable in the following days. Also I recommend avoiding sexual intercourse until the time of the examination of beta Hcg “.
What can be done after an embryo transfer?
“Apart from a couple of days after rest it is absolutely possible to resume a to work, do walks, carry out beauty treatments including leg massages, it is good only to avoid the abdominal region. So, in conclusion, it is appropriate to continue making yours normal life and this, in my opinion, also allows us to divert attention a little from the outcome and to experience everything in the most serene way possible “.
Useful nutritional advice
Finally, some nutritional advice: “Food – he explains Gemma Fabozzi, embryologist and nutritionist in charge of the B-Woman center in Rome – it must be aimed at stimulating and draining the liver, which is fatigued after taking the drugs, and supporting the growth of the endometrium, which is crucial for the implantation of the embryo.
From this point of view, the use of foods that help the intestinal microenvironment will be important since numerous studies have demonstrated the correlation between intestinal and uterine microbiota such as fermented foods sources of probiotics (eg whole yogurt, kefir, kombucha tea) and prebiotics (mainly derived from plant fibers such as inulin, eg wheat germ, garlic, onion, leeks, dandelions).
Furthermore, it is essential to use anti-inflammatory and antioxidant foods such as pineapple (to be consumed strictly with the central part rich in bromelain), spices such as turmeric and blue fish. Avoid anything that can be pro-inflammatory such as simple sugars, red meat and in some specific cases even dairy products and gluten so as not to disturb the uterine environment, and prefer foods that improve the microcirculation such as red fruits rich in flavonoids (eg . strawberries, blueberries and pomegranate) “.
Manage the wait
And from the point of view ofmental attitude?
He talks to us about it Federica Faustini, psychologist and psychotherapist at the B-Woman center: “It is scientifically proven that the waiting period of βhCG represents the most stressful moment of the entire Pma path – he assures – so here are some small tips to better manage anxiety and stress:
- do not focus on physical symptoms nor try to interpret them;
- decide where you want to be on the day the results will come out, with whom and from whom you want to receive the news;
- decide how to share the news with others: it would be advisable to find a way that minimizes pressures and expectations, for example by sending a simple message if the outcome is negative and you do not want to talk about it;
- where possible free the agenda from obligations and constraints, doing something beautiful for itself;
- think about plan B: should a failure occur, it is important to plan the next step with the partner, which could be to take some time before starting a new cycle by planning something pleasant that is totally outside the control and medical planning;
- re-evaluate the situation from a more positive perspective: many studies show that thinking more about the positive aspects of a difficult situation and focusing less on problems or uncertainties for the future helps people to feel better ”.