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 http://www.drmalpani.com/free-second-opinion so I can guide you sensibly ?








19 comments:

  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 :(

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    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

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  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.

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  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

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    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 transfer.so please relax and feel good about everything.i wish you the very best.

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

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    1. Mitali,

      Yes, you can

      Your embryos are safe in your uterus, like a pearl in an oyster. Nothing you do can harm them , so please do not worry about this.

      Please do not let your mind play games with you

      Read more at http://www.drmalpani.com/knowledge-center/articles/care-after-embryo-transfer

      We look forward to helping you to have a baby !

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  5. Does eating dates affects embryo transfer

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    1. Sindhu,

      No

      Your embryos are safe in your uterus, like a pearl in an oyster. Nothing you do can harm them , so please do not worry about this.

      Please do not let your mind play games with you

      Read more at http://www.drmalpani.com/knowledge-center/articles/care-after-embryo-transfer

      We look forward to helping you to have a baby !

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  6. Dr. Malpani your writings are such a comfort to us in an anxious time. Thank you for combating rumors and online gossip by using science. Thank you!!!!

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    1. Happy to have been of help !

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  7. Hello I have got my embryos transferred yest, however DR said they are slow growing embryos. Will I have good chances of becoming pregnant?

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    1. No, poor quality embryos have a low chance of implanting

      I need more information to be able to provide you with intelligent advise.

      Can you send me more details about your IVF cycles ?
      DO YOU HAVE PHOTOS OF YOUR EMBRYOS ?

      You can see what embryos should look like at http://www.drmalpani.com/knowledge-center/ivf/embryos

      What were the meds which were used for
      superovulation ? What was the dose used ? How many follicles did you grow ? How many eggs were collected ? What was the E2 ( estradiol) level in the blood at the time of the HCG trigger ? What was the endometrial thickness ?
      How many embryos were transferred ?
      What was the embryo quality ?
      Can you please send me the printed treatment summary from your IVF clinic ?

      We look forward to helping you to have a baby !

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  8. Hello my name is Jigna and recently did ET But since last 4 days I’m having burps and feeling gaseous and having pain in my stomach. I talked to my doctor and recommended for Pantacid but that is hardly helping me to relieve pain. Can you please tell me if there is some other option than pantacid

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    1. Jigna,

      This is a side effect of the progesterone. You can take Pudin Hara for symptomatic relief

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  9. Anonymous3:04 PM

    madam, Recently, 1st March 2018,we undergone IVF embryo transfer, almost crossed 10 days , 11th day me and my wife had intercourse only once, still we need to cross 7 more days to see the hcg count, now my wife is worried whether it harm the embryo, there is chances of not getting pregnant any risk affect..pl. advice,

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    1. No, it's safe to have sex after the transfer.

      Please share this with your wife

      Your embryos are safe in your uterus, like a pearl in an oyster. Nothing you do can harm them , so please do not worry about this.

      Please do not let your mind play games with you

      Read more at http://www.drmalpani.com/knowledge-center/articles/care-after-embryo-transfer

      We look forward to helping you to have a baby !

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    2. Anonymous9:57 PM

      Thanks a lot my dear sir...now we feel so relaxed... 17th mar next week is our hcg beta test...god wish I will let know share the good results...pls do yur good work...kudos... Pls pray for us sir :-)

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