We live about 9 hours from our clinic. My husband and I are planning to drive home after the ET. My question is how long should we wait to make the 9 hour drive home (24 hrs, 48 hrs, other??)? My husband and I are concerned about road vibrations, road bumps and me sitting for long periods on time in a car. I'de really like to hear your thoughts.
I've done a search on the forum before I asked this question and found someone did ask a question that was somewhat similar at https://ivf.ca/forums..._1&#entry54409:
gnavans on March 12, 2007 wrote that "after I had my IVF, I also had to travel (3 days afterwards). I was given the OK to travel after my 24 hours of bed rest. My Dr. told me just to take it easy and not to carry anything too heavy. He said I was free to carry on with my typical daily activities as long as I didn't over do it. I'm sure you will be fine to go so far after your transfer."
gnavans on March 13, 2007 wrote: I don't mean to hijack this thread, but I just had my consult with my RE today. I spoke to him at great length about traveling after my transfer. He told me that there is absolutely 100% NO reason why I couldn't travel after taking 48 hours of rest after the transfer as long as I didn't carry heavy suitcases, etc. He said that he often recommends it because it helps people get their minds off of the 2WW. He said that after 1.5 the implantation usually occurs and there is not much I can do to injure or make the embryo fall out afterwards. Of course, he still wants me to take it easy, but continue with my normal daily activities. Why the difference in opinion? I will be traveling back to my hometown 48 hours after my 2nd trasfer."
Dr. Peter (embrologist) wrote: There are other ways to deal with the 2WW which should be a time for relaxation and reflection, not the stress of modern travel. Travel, especially long haul over time zones, has very definite physiological effects which may or may not be detrimental to pregnancy. It is of course true that many women travel in the early phases of pregnancy and the pregnancy carries on completely normally. As long as the person accepts the possible risks and does not 'blame' the travel in the event of a negative outcome then it is OK. If it was a treatment cycle for my wife she would definitely not travel unless absolutely necessary. Good luck!