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The restrictions

Part of the IVF process (at least from the transfer until your beta) is restrictions. The research is fairly mixed on whether or not any bed rest should be required following a transfer. While our clinic doesn't require it they strongly recommend it. They feel that if it increases your chances by 5% then that's 5% more of a likelihood of it working. So the way it works is you go to your transfer (I'll go into detail about that later), you have your embryo(s) transferred, you lie still for a half an hour following the procedure then you are released to go home. At that point you are asked to adhere to complete bed rest (except bathroom) for that day. The following day you are to remain on bed rest with the exception of meals, bathroom and a warm shower.

Once you complete the bed rest you can be active again with some restrictions. Before I had kids the restrictions were easy. With kids, not as much. From transfer to beta you are not allowed to bend from the waist, lift more than 15 pounds, exercise vigorously, have sex or raise your body temp too high. It's only two weeks but think about every time you lift your kid into the car or grab a sock off the floor or carry the laundry basket downstairs. It could make for a long two weeks. :D

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Over 8 years we have struggled through 3 IUI's, 6 rounds of IVF, several RE's, hundreds of appointments and the loss of three little angels. Now we find ourselves the proud parents of two perfect little girls and a wonderful little boy!!

Both of our girls struggle with some disabilities but that won't keep us down. Each day has it's own brand of insanity but we love it. Most days I am more monkey wrangler than mother but I do the best I can. Todays goal - getting to tomorrow.

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