How many days of rest after ET?


#1

I’m wondering how many days of rest everyone’s RE recommends. Mine said a minimum of 48 hours, but up to 4-5 days. Monday would be day 4 and I’m debating taking the extra day off work. I really don’t have extra days of sick leave, but I would hate to have any regrets. Thoughts?


#2

My RE said no less then 12 but suggested 48. i did about 48.

good luck!!!


#3

Wow! That’s by far the most I’ve heard. I’ve usually seen either 48 or 24 hours after ET. I’ve also read that there’s no real evidence that it increases implantation, it’s more a mental thing to keep you from questioning “is it because I did ____ after my transfer?” if the cycle isn’t successful.


#4

My RE said to rest for the rest of the day and go back to normal tomorrow. No heavy lifting for a couple of weeks. Despite her recommendation I am going to rest for one more day… so that is about 48 hours. Bottom line, do what you think is best.


#5

[QUOTE=kimberf]Wow! That’s by far the most I’ve heard. I’ve usually seen either 48 or 24 hours after ET. I’ve also read that there’s no real evidence that it increases implantation, it’s more a mental thing to keep you from questioning “is it because I did ____ after my transfer?” if the cycle isn’t successful.[/QUOTE]

I agree with Kimber. My clinic said to avoid overexertion for the day of ET but return to normal activities the next day. They are the top clinic in the Boston area. The doctors have told me more than once that bed rest is not necessary or recommended because it does nothing to increase implantation chances. I just had my ET on Friday and yesterday (Sat.) I led a normal day as I would any other weekend. I am in the horrible 2WW myself and I’m going from being hopeful and confident to scared that it won’t work… I think that’s why women rest after ET, so they mentally feel better about their chances. For me, that makes me feel worse and crazy because I just sit there mulling over every little twinge, lack of twinge, and decision I have made.

:cross: that we get through this in one piece and are successful!!


#6

Hi, mine suggested 24 hours but i did 3 days and it was sucessful! xxx


#7

My first RE said take it easy the day of ET and resume normal activities the next day.

My second RE said bedrest the day of ET and the following day. It was not strict bedrest though - I could get up to shower, eat food, etc just no housework or things like that. I just lounged on the couch both days (sitting, not laying down).

I have read that strict bedrest has no effect on implantation. I have never heard of anyone who was told more than 3 days of rest. Do whatever will make you feel better but, espcially if you have a desk job, I don’t think it’s going to hurt to go to work tomorrow.


#8

My RE had me to 24 hrs bed rest. I could get up to go to the restroom and could sit up for meals but nothing more. Then for the rest of the 2WW, I am not to lift more then 10 lbs and no strenuious activity, exercise, etc… I would think that it depends on your job. I work as a social worker and although it is not physically demanding, it can be stressful. I only took a few days off work my first cycle and got :bfn: . I am currenly on my 2WW this cycle and I took two weeks off. It ends up I go back to work a few days before my pregnancy test. I figured that it was worth taking the time off to reduce my stress and give this the best chance. However, if you have a lower stress job that does not require significant physical activity, you are probably fine going back to work. Just follow what your Dr. recommends and generally take it easy.


#9

Thanks, ladies. My RE doesn’t say strict bed rest either, but I can only sit still for so long, especially with a sick one year old. I’m trying not to go up and down stairs and take it easy, but that is easier said than done. My job is a little stressful, but gets more stressful the more I’m out.


#10

I pretty much zero bedrest both times and got BFPs both cycles. My RE doesn’t really believe in the benefit of bedrest. I think I rested for about 6 hours after each transfer and then took it easy the next day, but that’s it.


#11

Hi Amy!!! Before I saw your name, I saw Lily’s pic in your avatar and recognized it right away!!! I’ve been back on the boards once we started up on this last IVF cycle.

I’m with Amy (ara79) on this one. I had no bedrest for my first IVF cycle, which was a BFP. My current RE says there’s no research to show that bedrest has any effect on outcome. In fact, she told me about a woman who ran a marathon 2 days after her ET and got a BFP. I wouldn’t go to that extreme (well… ever, LOL!) but I don’t think bedrest is necessary for more than a few hours or a day. Good luck!

-Shelly


#12

:nerd: May I ask where the Best clinic is in Boston and Name? Im very close to Boston.


#13

[QUOTE=Tahiti-sweetie]:nerd: May I ask where the Best clinic is in Boston and Name? Im very close to Boston.[/QUOTE]
Sure, of course! Boston IVF; they have locations in many parts of greater Boston. The biggest location and the place where any surgical procedure would be is Waltham. We live about 10 minutes from there so we went there for the bulk of our appointments even though my doctor is based out of the Quincy office. His name is Brian Berger (there are two Dr. Bergers in the practice). Quincy is not convenient for us but he was recommended. Oddly, I only spoke with his nurses the whole time I was cycling, and he wasn’t on call for the ER. He did do the transfer for me on Friday.

I can’t say enough about how awesome all the staff is there! One of the nurses who was on duty the day of my ER was there for the transfer and gave me a hug when she saw me - that kind of good. Now let’s hope Dr. Berger and company are good enough for the embryo to implant…!


#14

Thank you So much!! [quote=Wishfor1more]Sure, of course! Boston IVF; they have locations in many parts of greater Boston. The biggest location and the place where any surgical procedure would be is Waltham. We live about 10 minutes from there so we went there for the bulk of our appointments even though my doctor is based out of the Quincy office. His name is Brian Berger (there are two Dr. Bergers in the practice). Quincy is not convenient for us but he was recommended. Oddly, I only spoke with his nurses the whole time I was cycling, and he wasn’t on call for the ER. He did do the transfer for me on Friday.

I can’t say enough about how awesome all the staff is there! One of the nurses who was on duty the day of my ER was there for the transfer and gave me a hug when she saw me - that kind of good. Now let’s hope Dr. Berger and company are good enough for the embryo to implant…![/quote]


#15

I had my ET on Friday so was able to rest during the weekend and I took Monday off. I tend to put too much of myself into my work so being at home an extra day has enabled me to rest a bit more than usual. I plan on returning to the office on Tuesday.

Good luck to all the ladies who are in the 2ww period. I don’t know if I can make it w/o POAS as the suspense is becoming to great.


#16

You should look into Reproductive Science Center (RSC) too. I go there and I think they are the [U]BEST[/U] near Boston. :slight_smile:

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