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Poll: Behaviour post-transfer during 2ww (311 member(s) have cast votes)

Please answer only if your cycle resulted in pregnancy. After your ET, did you:

  1. stay in bed for >3 days (45 votes [12.86%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.86%

  2. stay in bed for <3 days (42 votes [12.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.00%

  3. stayed at home but sat most of the time (111 votes [31.71%])

    Percentage of vote: 31.71%

  4. walk everyday for at least 10' (31 votes [8.86%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.86%

  5. went to work and proceed with normal activities (121 votes [34.57%])

    Percentage of vote: 34.57%

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#26 Emily81

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 04:02 PM

We were lucky to be successful on IVF #1. After transfer I rested for ? 4-5 days, until I was sure that implantation would have taken place. I had taken some time off of work and the most strenous thing I did during my 2ww was load/unload the dishwasher. I was also very sick with OHSS so I wasn't feeling up to much. FWIW- My RE/clinic doesn't believe resting makes a difference, but it was what I was comfortable with.

Me: 31, DH:34
? Mild PCOS/ Mild Male factor- Low Morph- 9%
TTC- Since Dec 2005

August/Sept 2009- IUI + injectabes cycle- BFN- was converted from IUI to IVF(20 follies growing) and then back to IUI(3 mature follies)....

IVF/ICSI cycle Sept/Oct 2010- BFP- (I insisisted on ICSI against my Drs wishes, and in the end we needed it)..
Oct 12- ER- 19 eggs, 15 mature, 6 fert
Oct 15- ET- morula- 18/20 & a 10 cell- 19/20 (Faith & Wish)
- OHSS starts 8dp3dt- Early beta in ER-636- 12dp3dt, #2- 4,267- 17dp3dt
Nov 23- 8 week u/s- TWINS
Incompetent Cervix diagnosed at 24 weeks. Hospital bedrest 24- 33 weeks due to 0.6 cm cervix, 1-2 cms dialated(at 24 weeks)
May 16th- 2011- Baby A breaks his water
May 18th- 2011- Boys arrive 33w1d
Baby A- CM- 4 lbs 4 oz, 17.5 in, 3:01 PM Baby B- CL- 4 lbs 2 oz, 16.5 in, 3:55 PM Lilypie Kids Birthday tickers

#27 kikibaby4040

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 11:55 AM

after the two weeks of wait and the doctor said that all was ok, he call yesterday with a BFN!!!! for some reason I think I will change clinics..OMG this is soooo devastating!!!

#28 Talula

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 02:26 PM

I basically spent an entire week at home and didn't do much. DH took care of everything, did the cleaning and cooking while I relaxed! Mid-week I did go for an acupuncture session but that's about it... I just got a BFP a week ago....

#29 AcelinePanetier

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 12:55 AM

Great idea

#30 Mbar

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:02 PM

I too took time off work - my ET was on a Friday so I had the weekend and took the entire following week off. I did nothing but rest, did some work on the computer but again just sitting down - it worked preggers with multiples. FX and baby vibes to everyone who is in their 2ww.

#31 PaleoMama

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 05:16 AM

in germany where i live,

doctors advice carrying on with normal activities,

including going to work (which i find OK in terms of mental distraction...)

i don't feel safe in this world no more, i don't want to die in a nuclear war

i wanna sail away to a distant shore and live like an ape man!


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#32 Want2bmamma

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 07:46 AM

I took an entire month off work to travel for ivf and relax during ivf. I have a mentally stressful job and didntbwant work stress on top go ivf stress. I did nothing other than veg on the couch. Not even lift baskets of laundry! I went back after I got my bfp. 3 half days then back full time. I had to use vacation time to do this, and it was well worth it.

Might seem a little extreme, but I had 4 losses and during those pregnancies I continued on with life as normal. Decided to change it up for zero regrets.
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#33 Wells

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Posted 05 May 2015 - 08:22 PM

The only rest I got was in the three-hour car ride home after the transfer! Then it was back to normal.

Me: 30, no issues

Him: 42, poor motility (antibodies)


5 X IUI = 4 BFNs and 1 chemical


Nov 2014, switched to Foothills clinic for IVF w/ICSI

Feb 2015, IVF #1 antagonist protocol

29 retrieved, 22 mature, 14 fert, 8 to blast!

Transferred 1 and froze 7, BFP with a beautiful singleton.

#34 Clairey

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Posted 22 May 2015 - 12:00 PM

I like the idea of taking it easy, but I'm confused about taking it easy immediately after. Doesn't it matter if it's a 3 day vs 5 day transfer or 3/5 day embryo FET? It takes a certain amount of days for embryos to finish hatching before attempting to burrow into the lining, right... so wouldn't the critical timing to take it easy if you want to, be not immediately?


Or is that just in a fresh transfer? If it's a FET, does the hatching process bring you right up to 5 days if they were frozen at day 3? (Am I making sense to anyone here, LOL.) For planning certain time off work it would definitely come into play..

#35 hs4816

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Posted 05 February 2017 - 09:37 AM

I was taking things slower than usual because of abdominal stimulation symptoms. But not because I thought it would help with implantation. Women who conceive naturally don't lay in bed 3 or 5 days after having sex. If my ovaries hadn't been painful grapefeuits I would have been right back on the treadmill, etc. I was back at work and trying to live normally.
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I'm 41 with endo

IVF #1: March 2016: Long protocol: Suprefact (200)/Menopur (225)

9 follicles => 4 eggs => 3 mature => 3 fertilized (ICSI) => 2 blasts (one transferred, one frozen)


IVF #2: June 2016: Microdose flare: Suprefact (40 BID)/Menopur (150)/ Gonal (300)

7-10 follicles (?) => 12 mature eggs => only 4 fertilized w/ICSI => transferred 2 @ 3days and 1 blast frozen

BFP: day 14 beta = 93, day 18 beta 557 (37h doubling time)

.... it stuck and we welcomed our boy March 2017!

back on this crazy journey again: June 6, 2018: FET #1...

#36 mouse


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Posted 10 May 2018 - 03:34 PM

My first transfer I didn't do bed rest but didn't go over board.  It was BFN.  2nd transfer, the cycle had been so cursed that I figured it would fail anyway so I went straight to work after the transfer and then kayaking the day after.  Gobsmacked to get a take home baby.  Of course this is all just anecdotal. However, there was a study done a while back that suggested that bed rest actually negatively impacted success: 


Do whatever will leave you with the fewest regrets if things don't go as you hope - but know that you can't knock the embryo out or anything like that.  


Fingers crossed for you!

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#37 happyfrog

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Posted 11 September 2020 - 01:09 PM

My doc recommends taking it easy, just normal routine without any rigorous exercises