December 16, 2021
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Preparing for Embryo Transfer as a Surrogate

Getting pregnant as a surrogate might not be as easy as it was to get pregnant with your own child. As a gestational carrier, you will have to go through the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF), where an embryo created in a laboratory –with no biological relation to you– is transferred into your uterus. IVF requires weeks of preparation and medications for a successful pregnancy. The embryo transfer preparation can often seem like the most grueling part of the entire IVF process and can last weeks or even months. 

Although this is often the scariest part for first time gestational carriers, once you become familiar with all the medications, it’s easy! Typical embryo prep protocols will include a series of pills, injections, patches, and vaginal suppositories that correspond to your cycle. You will be trained on how to give yourself an injection and Nodal’s support team will be with you every step of the way, if needed. 

While you are taking the hormones, the fertility clinic will take periodic blood tests and transvaginal ultrasounds to monitor how your body is responding to the treatment. It is normal to have adjustments made to your protocol depending on your results. You will likely have the most doctor appointments during this period. It may feel like you are just in and out of offices for these few weeks! 

Once your uterine lining, called the endometrium, has thickened and is ready for embryo implantation, you will be scheduled for the transfer!

Tips for a successful transfer:

  • Eat a healthy well-balanced diet
  • Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine (including chocolate, tea, coffee, decaf coffee, etc.)
  • Moderate low impact exercise (avoid weight lifting, abdominal exercises, and high intensity aerobics) 
  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure
  • Avoid hot tubs, jacuzzis, saunas, etc. 
  • Avoid using Aspirin, Ibuprofen, or Anaprox (Aleve) 
  • Tylenol use is acceptable
  • Abstain from sexual intercourse while on certain medications