Symptoms of IVF Pregnancy
1. Bleeding or spotting
The first symptom of pregnancy is usually light bleeding or spotting. It’s possible that spotting in your underwear or on toilet paper when you wipe indicates implantation, which signifies the embryo has implanted into the uterine wall lining. Some spotting or bleeding a week after embryo transfer, according to Mukherjee, could be a favourable sign. Unfortunately, he continues, bleeding is such a distressing symptom that it fails to reassure many individuals. Furthermore, spotting is normal when using hormone drugs like progesterone for the first two weeks following the embryo transfer. Most likely, your doctor would recommend that you continue taking progesterone to assist your body create the same quantities of hormones as it did during the first few weeks of pregnancy, which means that spotting may or may not indicate a successful embryo transfer.
One of the first indicators that “Aunt Flow” is approaching is cramming. It could also indicate that an embryo transfer went well. However, before you run to the store for a pregnancy test, keep in mind that mild discomfort could be caused by the progesterone you’re taking during the 2-week wait, according to the National Infertility Association. Mild cramping might also occur shortly after any pelvic operation in some persons.
3. Sore breasts
Sore breasts are a common early indicator of pregnancy for some women. This could be an indication of a successful embryo transfer if your breasts are swollen or sore to the touch and ache when you bump them. Breast discomfort is caused by pregnant hormones, according to Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG, an OB-GYN and director of perinatal services at NYC Health + Hospitals. However, aching breasts could be a side effect of the hormone medicine you’re receiving for the next two weeks. Breast soreness is also reported to be caused by injectable and oral progesterone.
4. Tiredness or fatigue
From day one through birth (and beyond! ), feeling tired and exhausted seems to be a normal component of pregnancy. When your progesterone levels rise, you may feel particularly tired at first. In general, most people will feel exhausted around the time their period is due. This could be a sign of a successful embryo transfer, but it could also be a side effect of the fertility drugs you’re taking. The most common reason of exhaustion is increased progesterone levels, which can occur as a result of pregnancy or drugs prescribed by your doctor.
Morning sickness or nausea usually begins in the second month of pregnancy, so it’s not a symptom you’ll feel in the two weeks after an embryo transfer. Many women who experience this terrible symptom report feeling ill to their stomach two weeks after their period is missed. If you do experience nausea or vomiting throughout the 2-week period, keep track of it — particularly if it gets frequent — and consult your doctor.
The increased bloat around your stomach can be attributed to an increase in progesterone levels. When this hormone spikes, like it happens when you’re pregnant or using fertility drugs, it might cause your digestive system to slow down and make you feel bloated. This can happen before your period, if you’re pregnant, or when you’re taking progesterone or other medicines during IVF or after an embryo transfer.
7. Changes in discharge
You may notice changes in vaginal discharge that have nothing to do with a positive pregnancy test if your doctor prescribes progesterone in a vaginal preparation (suppositories, gel, or vaginal tablets) to use during the 2-week wait. Using vaginal capsules or suppositories can cause burning, irritation, discharge, and yeast infections. Increased vaginal discharge can potentially be an indication of impending pregnancy. During the early weeks of pregnancy, you may notice a thin, white, mild-smelling discharge if the changes are the result of a successful embryo transfer (and eventually, a positive pregnancy test).
8. Increased need to pee
Trips to the restroom late at night and a greater need for pit stops could be signs of early pregnancy. Before they miss a period, some women may sense an urge to urinate more frequently. However, this is more than likely another symptom you’ll notice after missing a period.
A rise in the pregnancy hormone hCG, as well as a spike in progesterone, causes frequent trips to the bathroom. The increased desire to pee is due to the excess blood in your body if the embryo transfer was successful.
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