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Getting Through the Two Week Wait: Advice from a Fertility Doula
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Getting Through the Two Week Wait: Advice from a Fertility Doula

The Two Week Wait, aka the period of time between your embryo transfer until you can determine whether or not you’re pregnant, may have sounded like a short window of time before you started IVF, but when you’re living through it, it can feel much longer. The Two Week Wait gets its name because it takes your body about two weeks to produce enough beta-hCG to determine whether or not you are pregnant based on a urine or blood sample. This two week period can be tough to get through as you await the results. Christie Dabney, an experienced IVF case manager and fertility doula, has seen thousands of patients go through this agonizing Two Week Wait and provides some advice for getting through it below.

 

 

1. Stay busy

 

Whether it’s diving into work, focusing on a hobby, or booking up your social calendar, the more time you spend engaging with other parts of your life, the less time you have to get wrapped up in something out of your control. If you can, spend time with supportive family members and friends to help pass the time a little more easily. It’s important to remember that you are a person with a life outside of trying to conceive, so try to have your calendar reflect that.  

 

 

2. Get some fresh air

 

Research suggests being outside in nature can reduce our stress level, muscle tension, and even our heart rate and blood pressure. Time in nature can help your body relax when your mind might find it difficult to. Finding a moment to get outside, whether it’s eating lunch in the park, or maybe a walk along the water, can help make your day feel a little lighter.

 

 

3. Stay off the internet

 

While the internet can be a wealth of knowledge, it can also lead you down a rabbit hole. Reading about every possible scenario, or worse, getting information from an unreliable source, may be more harmful than helpful for your mental health. Try to find some activities that keep you off of your phone, and maybe hit snooze on the Reddit notifications for the next two weeks.

 

 

4. Schedule some self care

 

You have already come a long way in your fertility, from your first consultation, to your injections, to your egg retrieval, and your embryo transfer. You deserve to take some time to take care of yourself. Book yourself a massage, acupuncture appointment, pedicure, something for you to look forward to that will make you feel a little lighter. 



 

However you spend the next two weeks, you don’t have to go through it alone. Getting support from your family and friends, your partner, your doctor, your fertility doula, or a therapist can make all the difference. Call or text our team at the pharmacy to learn more about how we can help you grow your support network.

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