Yesterday the last 9 months of planning finally came to their finale. On the 18th January we had our IVF transfer. One perfect little embryo (the staff called it beautiful) with our first transfer that went smoothly. Over so quick it almost felt like it hadn’t happened.
My first pull last night for to research what happens after an IVF transfer and I thought some of you might find it interesting so here’s what I’ve learnt popped together in a quick list. I’m going to be referring back to this daily during this 2 week wait I think!
Day one: The embryo cells continue dividing until it begins to hatch out of its outer shell (ours had started to hatch hence this photo looking a bit like 2 embryos but one circle is the embryo and the other is the shell it’s hatching from)
Day two: Along with continuing to grow, the embryo starts to attach to the lining of the womb
Day three: The embryo burrows right into the lining of the uterus and implantation begins!
Day four: The Embryo continues it’s job of burrowing and implanting itself. It attaches to the blood supply.
Day five: Implantation is complete and the embryo gets on with developing at a rapid rate
Day six: The hormone HCG is triggered though would likely be too small at this time to be picked up on a pregnancy test
Day seven: Continuing to develop in all areas
Day eight-fourteen: The embryo’s little placenta begins to work and the foetus develops in its magical way.
We plan to do our pregnancy test on the 14th day. I hope you don’t mind me mentioning, but please don’t message me asking if I’ve tested early, and asking what tests we’ll use etc. It makes the ability to put testing to the back of my mind these last 2 weeks really hard and on day two, I’ve already been getting some quite, er personal, messages about this.
I think it’s worth saying, because I know it’s something I’ve worried about in the past, though taking things easy is recommended, best rest is quite an old fashioned idea. In fact in some small studies it’s shown to harm the chances (and probably drive you a little insane with boredom!). Also the embryo is tucked into the fold of the uterus, which is snuggled down in the pelvis so there is very little you could do to harm it. This is something I keep reminding myself off as I go about day to day life.
I know some of you are going through this to so I’m wishing you loads of luck. Everyone that has sent messages via Instagram, thank you so much. I haven’t been able to reply to them (it amazed me there wee 100’s by the evening) all but I have read every one and they have made me feel so much love and support.
A video of our transfer day should be out this week and I’ll let you know on instagram @itsjulesfurness