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What type of activities should I avoid doing after my embryo transfer?

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After your transfer, you should treat your body like it’s pregnant. This means no raw fish, no raw meat, no soft cheese and no more than two 12 ounce servings of cooked fish per week. Limiting exposure to these foods reduces your risk of contact with harmful bacteria. If you drink caffeine, you’ll have to cut down to no more than 1 cup per day. Following your transfer, you’ll rest in our recovery area for about half an hour. You can walk around after your transfer, in fact, we encourage it! Circulation and blood flow is important following the procedure so don’t stay in bed all day, don’t worry, the embryo won’t “fall out”. A few things you should not do: Lift things over 10-15 pounds, abdominal exercises, sit in water (so no swimming and baths) and no intercourse (this is a precaution specific to IVF patients, we want to be extra cautious so we recommend refraining from putting anything in the vagina until we can hear the fetal heart beat – roughly 7 weeks of gestation).

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