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Top 10 FAQ’s about IVF Pregnancy

Frequently Asked Questions for our New Moms after Fertility Treatment

Welcome to the new Lane Fertility Institute blog for infertility education, pregnancy information, and the latest news to help you conceive successfully! Our team of fertility experts wants to make sure you have the most up-to-date facts, expert advice, and accurate data on everything from In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing), from funding your fertility treatment to understanding the myriad of insurance options at your disposal and being prepared when our new Moms reach the wonderful miracle of new life through pregnancy.

The Lane Fertility team recently came across this fantastic article "FAQ's for our New Moms" who have conceived or achieved pregnancy through our fertility care and treatment. Deftly written by Sandra Cisneros, an IVF Nurse at Lane Fertility Institute, we felt like this invaluable information would be the perfect way to kick off our new blog and online educational center. We are asked a multitude of questions every year by our new Mommies who want to ensure a healthy and successful pregnancy journey after IVF treatment. These are the most frequently asked of these questions, an updated list based on the original work of Ms. Cisneros.

“Sometimes getting pregnant is just as scary as the journey itself. After all the work to get to pregnancy, couples are petrified of anything that could jeopardize the pregnancy. The good news is that most pregnancies that have had two normal ultrasounds with a good fetal heartbeat each time and good interval growth between the first and second ultrasound have a terrific chance of reaching live birth.”

-Sandra Cisneros, RN

IVF Nurse at Lane Fertility Institute

1. What Activities are Beneficial while Pregnant?

2. Which Activities should I avoid while Pregnant?

3. How much Weight Gain should I expect During Pregnancy?

There is no easy all-inclusive answer to this question, no response that will be true for all new pregnant mothers after IVF treatment. Furthermore, pregnancy is certainly not an excuse to go on an excessive eating binge because if you gain too much weight, you can develop serious conditions such as gestational diabetes. The healthy amount of weight gain during pregnancy will depend on your specific situation, body type, and current weight.There is no cookie cutter response to this inquiry, but a mother in the healthy weight range can expect to gain between 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. If you are overweight before pregnancy, you should try to gain less weight than this range and conversely gain more if you are underweight before conception occurs.

4. What Foods should I avoid while Pregnant?

This is perhaps the most common question we receive about IVF pregnancy at Lane Fertility Institute, and there are many foods you should avoid during In Vitro Fertilization treatment and after conception. Some of the top answers are:

For a complete list of foods to avoid during pregnancy, the American Pregnancy Association has a comprehensive checklist that is constantly updated and accurate.

5. When should I see my Obstetrician?

While each Obstetrics and Gynecology office will have their own guidelines, you should plan on seeing your obstetrician between 8-10 weeks after conception. This time frame allows your medical care professional to order specific blood tests and ultrasounds beforehand.

6. What can I do to Mitigate Uncomfortable Health Symptoms during Pregnancy?

7. Am I now considered a “High-Risk” Pregnancy?

The use of IVF treatment or fertility care to achieve conception does not automatically categorize your pregnancy as high-risk. However, there are some external factors that can contribute, such as:

  1. Being pregnant with high-order multiples (more than twins)
  2. Diabetes
  3. High blood pressure

8. Can I have Sexual Intercourse during Pregnancy?

In short, Yes.

By the time that you leave your fertility physician, you are likely between 6-10 weeks after conception and the pregnancy is well implanted by this time so typically, sexual intercourse is perfectly healthy. However, if you’ve experienced vaginal bleeding during the first few weeks of pregnancy or bleeding after sex, you will want to consult your physician and possibly avoid intercourse altogether.

9. Can/Should I Exercise while Pregnant?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that pregnant women perform stress-free stretches and engage in light exercise at least 30 minutes a day. The many benefits associated with exercise during pregnancy include:

Safe forms of exercise include low-impact activities like:

Activities to avoid are generally those with a high risk of falling:

10. When should I tell Loved Ones that I am Pregnant?

This is a highly personal question and there is no one “correct” answer. Typically, couples will wait to announce pregnancy until they feel the risk for miscarriage or genetic abnormality is low. In general, IVF pregnancies in which there have been two normal ultrasounds, showing positive interval growth and positive heartbeat, are very likely to reach live birth. Many couples already know that their pregnancy is genetically normal from a simple embryo biopsy. However, if your main concern is time and you want a straightforward benchmark for “safe” announcement, most miscarriages occur within the first trimester.

Good luck on this wonderful, miraculous journey! What questions do you have? Post them here! Always remember that the Lane Fertility team is always here for you, every step of the way.

Dr. Danielle Lane Danielle E Lane, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist

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