All couples who are having a fertility treatment have one thing in common:
The 2-week waiting period for the pregnancy test.
Our patients try a wide variety of methods to get pregnant: timed sexual intercourse, monitoring the monthly cycle and triggering ovulation, perhaps even treatment with insemination or artificial insemination (IVF). In the end, everyone is left waiting for a positive pregnancy test. You may be in this exciting phase of treatment yourself - curiosity about the result is unbearable and time passes more slowly than usual. However, since an increased stress level can have a negative effect on implantation, we would like to give you a few tips so that you can spend the waiting time as calmly and relaxed as possible.
Tips for this special time
Pamper yourself with our wide variety of lifestyle tips while waiting for your pregnancy test. Take every opportunity to do something good for yourself and support your fertility journey.
Eat a healthy and balanced diet for better chances of implantation
Dietary fiber promotes digestion and the estrogen balance - you can achieve an adequate supply with crushed flaxseed, cabbage, whole grain and nuts. Eat warm foods - the rise in the hormone progesterone causes your body temperature to rise - "a warm nest is an inviting nest". So strengthen yourself with vegetable soups, fish, sea salt, rice and lentils. Don't forget to drink enough and reduce your consumption of coffee and energy drinks!
Listen to your own body and still maintain realistic expectations
High expectations while waiting for a positive test result are filled with great emotions, which leads to the fact that this situation creates more stress hormones. However, strong stress has a negative effect on implantation, as the body is too "overwhelmed" and does not allow pregnancy. Often, understandably, there is a lack of patience and every slightest signal (increase in basal temperature, spotting, cramps, etc.) is counted. A clear head and realistic expectations are very important for the waiting time, so it is essential to take care of yourself and create a positive atmosphere. Relaxation exercises, exercise in moderation and massages are particularly recommended here!
Wait until the time comes to do the pregnancy test
Pregnancy tests measure the pregnancy hormone hCG. For the first few weeks after implantation, it doubles every 48-72 hours. However, this also means that the values are initially even lower and testing too early can turn out negative. Of course, this causes sadness and despair - that's why you should always wait until the day we tell you to do the test! Urine tests are never as accurate as blood tests, so we send you to the laboratory. Even if bleeding has already occurred, it is important to test to rule out a possible ectopic pregnancy!
If you haven't already given up smoking, do so now at the latest! Smoking causes poor blood flow to the ovaries and can affect the development of the uterine lining. As a result, thesuccess rate for those who wish to have children who smoke drops by up to 25%! In addition, women smokers unfortunately have twice as high a chance of miscarriage.
Try to have a relaxed and happy time - you deserve it!
Don't pay attention to the symptoms that could mean pregnancy or bleeding, look to yourself! This will help you reduce stress and create a welcoming atmosphere for the baby. Take a nap and go to sleep earlier, do moderate exercise (e.g. if you want to conceive, yoga or walk) and treat yourself to a massage (mention to the staff that you may be pregnant) or a day with your partner or best friend. In addition, we would like to warmly recommend our relaxation groups with psychotherapist Eveline Leitl!
Allow positive thoughts and trust
Negative thought structures influence the circulation and change the hormonal balance. Positive thoughts support you during this time to be open and receptive to implantation and pregnancy. Meditation, mind journeys (guided by Eveline Leitl) and writing a diary can help to synchronize your body with the new situation.
We recommend our contract laboratory "Ihr Labor" for the blood draw, which will automatically send us your blood draw result. There are some important points to note for this day:
- You do not need to be fasting for the blood draw and do not need to make an appointment.
- We will call you the same afternoon between 1-6pm (weekdays) if the blood draw was performed before 10:00am. Otherwise, you will be contacted the next business day.
- Please be available by phone during this time. If we are unable to reach you, the test result will be emailed to you.
- The blood draw for hCG determination is absolutely necessary, regardless of whether bleeding occurs in advance!*
- Please inform us if you will perform the blood draw at another time or in another laboratory. For this case, please send us the findings as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org, only after that we can discuss with you the further steps.
*Is bleeding before the pregnancy test automatically a sign of miscarriage?
The medications you take after the transfer can suppress menstrual bleeding. In rare cases, spotting will occur. If you do experience bleeding, please still go to the blood draw at the scheduled time. Not every bleeding automatically means that you are not pregnant.
We wish you all the best until the pregnancy test and are always available to answer any questions you may have!
Positive thoughts for this special time in your fertility journey.
Until the day of my pregnancy test....
... I pamper myself
... I fall asleep with a smile
... I am proud of myself & my courage
... I think positive & carry sun in my heart
... I love & accept myself exactly as I am
... I live in harmony with myself & my environment
... I trust that the right thing will happen
... I do something I have been looking forward to for a long time
... I trust in my body & the higher power
... I accept with love everything about me & my life
... I make room in my heart for a little person
... I trust that dreams can become reality