Ivf Pregnancy Symptoms Week by Week

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You may have questions about symptoms during pregnancy when you decide to get pregnant through IVF. Due to the medication involved in the treatment, you may wonder whether IVF pregnancy symptoms are the same as natural pregnancy or if they are more severe.

You don’t have to worry. The symptoms of IVF pregnancy are almost the same as natural pregnancy. The intensity and duration of each symptom may differ for each woman, and not all of them experience these symptoms.

However, there are some common symptoms that all pregnant women experience during their gestation period. In this article, we have discussed all the symptoms you may experience during certain weeks of your pregnancy.

First Two Weeks After IVF Pregnancy 

The first two weeks are the crucial period where you can determine whether or not the IVF cycle was successful. The symptoms you experience during this stage are almost the same as that of natural pregnancy.

The major distinction is that women with natural pregnancy may not be aware of the symptoms until over a month. This is because most women don’t expect pregnancy to occur. It will be a delightful surprise for them.

You, on the other hand, have undergone IVF and are expecting the results. Thus, when you feel the changes in your body, you can understand that they indicate pregnancy.

Symptoms

These early pregnancy symptoms are an indication that your body is changing to adapt to a new phase in life. Below are some early pregnancy symptoms women experience after a successful embryo transfer.

1. Abdominal cramps

Abdominal cramps, also called implantation cramps, are caused due to the hormonal changes that occur when the embryo implants in the uterus. They are just mild to moderate cramps and will not be as painful as your period cramps.

These cramps are a sign that the embryo has successfully implanted in the uterine lining. You might also feel sick or experience some pelvic discomfort during the process.

These cramps are caused due to the progesterone and fertility medications you take during the first two weeks of pregnancy. It is also caused by ovarian hyper-stimulation as a result of fertility medication.

2. Changes in breasts

Breast changes are a common symptom of pregnancy, be it IVF or natural. Your breasts need to get ready to produce milk for your babies. So, the changes in hormonal levels cause them to become sore, tender, and heavy.

These changes may also occur due to the progesterone hormones that are administered during IVF.

You might also feel that your nipples are swelling and hardening. This can cause some pain and discomfort. This is also caused due to the progesterone administered before embryo transfer which causes liquid retention in the nipples.

You can try taking paracetamol or visiting your doctor if these issues don’t lessen over time.

3. Light bleeding or spotting

Light bleeding or spotting is a brownish or blackish discharge and is common during IVF. This happens sometime in between the two weeks you wait after embryo transfer.

Almost half of the women who underwent IVF experience this when the embryo implants in the uterus, often accompanied by abdominal cramps.

4. Missed periods

It is natural for you to miss periods during your pregnancy period. If you have never missed your period before, you can take your missing period as a sign of your pregnancy.

If you have irregular periods, missed periods may denote pregnancy or be due to some other health condition. Either way, it is better to consult your IVF doctor.

Remember that these symptoms don’t guarantee your pregnancy. Visit your fertility doctor and have a checkup to confirm your pregnancy. You should be able to tell if the IVF cycle was successful in these two weeks.

Two to Eight Weeks After IVF Pregnancy 

Once your pregnancy is confirmed, you might start experiencing some symptoms like morning sickness, cramps, nausea, etc.

You should also start taking some safety measures to sustain your pregnancy and take it to full term. Just because the pregnancy is confirmed doesn’t mean you can be carefree. IVF pregnancy needs close attention from the start to the end.

Constantly monitor the changes in your body and take extra care when doing things. Go for regular checkups and do all the tests the doctor asks you to do. You can take ultrasounds to ensure your baby is developing healthily.

Symptoms

1. Bloating

Your uterine lining is getting thicker during this period, so you might experience bloating and cramping in your abdomen. The bloating may be because your womb is starting to take up more space in your belly.

2. Light bleeding or spotting

Some women may experience this symptom after two weeks of embryo transfer. This means the embryo has been implanted in the uterus.

3. Mood swings

This is when you start getting mood swings due to the increase in hormonal levels in your body. You can do relaxation exercises or be with your family to make you feel better.

4. Tender breasts

Just like in the first two weeks, your breasts get ready to nourish the baby. Your breasts will become tender and grow in size due to the increased number of milk glands.

Ten weeks and beyond after IVF pregnancy

Once you cross the ten-week threshold your pregnancy will be safe, and you can start treating it as a regular one. Your baby’s vital organs start to develop during this period. This is also the time when you have some severe symptoms. 

Symptoms

1. Morning sickness

You may experience morning sickness issues like stomach pain, nausea, etc. These symptoms will gradually decrease, but if they don’t, consult your doctor.

2. Slight weight gain

It is normal to gain some weight during pregnancy. So, there is no need to worry about it. If you want to measure the rate of your weight gain, you can get a weighing scale and record your weight gain every month.

3. Exhaustion

Your body is now carrying a little bun in it. So, it is normal to be exhausted and feel like napping all the time.

4. Mood swings

This is mainly due to the hormonal changes in your body. You can get through it by being with your friends and family or getting a massage to help relax your mind and body.

5. Acne

Pregnancy acne is a common symptom and will most likely disappear after childbirth. 

Conclusion

Remember that every woman experiences pregnancy differently after IVF, regardless of the signs and symptoms. It does not always mean that you are not pregnant if you do not have any of these signs. But if you felt symptoms like vaginal bleeding and stomach pain, Missed Miscarriage these will be a signs of failed IVF.

It is better to consult your IVF doctor and prepare yourself physically and emotionally for everything you will experience during this period.

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Dr. Rukkayal Fathima

Dr Rukkayal Fathima, India's Leading Gynaecologist and the best fertility doctor in Chennai. She has 11+ years of experience and treated 1000+ patients. She finished her M. S., Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the Institute of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (Madras Medical College), Chennai. She is a visiting consultant at St. Isabelle Hospital, Motherhood Hospital, Rainbow Hospital & Mehta Hospital. Dr Rukkayal Fathima specialises in Obstetrics care, Early Pregnancy Scan, IVF, ICSI, TESA/Micro TESE, Menopause advice, Gynaecological surgeries and endoscopy. She is a Co-Founder of Hive Fertility, the Best Fertility Center in Chennai.

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