Friday, August 15, 2014

Did I harm my embryos by sleeping on my stomach ?

I recently got this email from a patient.

    Dear Dr, Please help me because I am very worried. I had embryo transfer two days ago and have since slept on my stomach. This morning I awoke with one arm underneath, across my belly and abdomen, squashing it in. I thought maybe this should not be done, and so I looked it up online and there are lots of woman and even clinics who say very strongly you should NOT sleep on your stomach/front after embryo transfer. Have I ruined everything? I so don't want to stop implantation because I slept on my front, with my arm across my stomach. Thanks

Sophisticated patients may laugh when they read this email. The truth is that after the embryo transfer, your embryos are safe in your uterus, like a pearl in an oyster. Nothing you do can harm them , so patients do not need to worry about their physical activity; diet; posture; or stress levels. They can lead a completely normal life without obsessing over minor inconsequential issues

The 2ww takes a long time, but there's no point in letting your mind play games with you !

The trouble is that women are unsure, they will turn to the internet to find out answers to their questions.  They are scared to ask their doctor , because they think their questions are "stupid" and they don't want to waste their doctor's precious time.

The trouble is that there is so much rubbish written online by poorly informed patients, that old wives tales and myths and misconceptions are rampant. Sadly, the internet which could potentially be a powerful tool to educate and inform patients and reduce their worries, ends up causing a lot of harm by spreading misinformation.

Because it's not possible to regulate the internet, this is why patients need to spend time and energy in educating themselves, so they don't get misled by wrong information.

Confused ? Not sure what to believe ? Please send me your medical details by filling in the form at so I can guide you sensibly ?


  1. Anonymous9:39 AM

    Is it ok to sleep on my stomach when pregnant ? I find that position comfortable but deep within I am afraid that I going to crush my baby :(

    1. No, you would not be able to " crush" your embryos even if you tried to do so. They are safe and secure in your uterus which acts as a biological cradle for them - just like a pearl is safe in an oyster, even if there is a storm raging outside

  2. Anonymous11:16 AM

    Embryos are small but I am asking about baby, much later in pregnancy, will I break my water bag by sleeping on my stomach.

  3. Hi doctor
    I had my embryo transfer yday suddenly yday night my husband s knee touched my knee with so much of pressure n my tummy was shattered .after that I went to washroom the moment I sat some voice came as ale thing has fallen down .I used vaginal get yday night .i m very worried is it embryo ? Please help me

    1. Sonia am very sorry about your knee. My doctor has told me that there's no way your embryo fell out or could fall out of your uterus. Not even an hour after embryo please relax and feel good about everything.i wish you the very best.

  4. Sir, I had my transfer yesterday, can I resume my office after 8-10 days.... I have a sedentary job

  5. Does eating dates affects embryo transfer



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