Preparing for pregnancy
Poor diet, smoking, having too much caffeine or alcohol, and being either underweight or overweight can have a significant effect on your overall fertility.
Having a healthy diet and lifestyle is important at any time, but it’s essential during fertility treatment and pregnancy to make sure your baby gets everything it needs to develop and grow.
You will be advised to carry out a pregnancy test two weeks after your egg collection following IVF or ICSI. During this time you will need to take hormonal medication in the form of pessaries and/or injections to help your pregnancy to progress normally.
If your pregnancy test is positive we will arrange for you to have an early pregnancy scan about three weeks after your positive test (at 7 weeks of pregnancy) to confirm your pregnancy is progressing normally and to check on the baby’s heart rate and overall development. You will be advised to continue your hormonal pessaries and/or injections until you are 8 weeks pregnant.
Early pregnancy monitoring
We’ll monitor your pregnancy for the first 12 weeks after your fertility treatment before you move on to routine antenatal care.
We usually advise patients to carry out a pregnancy test two weeks after IUI or egg collection following IVF/ICSI. During this time, you may be advised to take hormonal medication in the form of pessaries and/or injections to help your pregnancy to progress normally.
We’ll then arrange for you to have an early pregnancy scan about three weeks after your positive pregnancy test (at seven weeks of pregnancy). This can confirm that everything is progressing normally, including the baby’s heart rate and overall development.
Pregnancy ultrasound scans
Having a scan enables us to check on the health and development of your baby, including whether you are carrying more than one baby. You’ll be able to take home a picture of your scan, and we will normally advise you to contact your own GP to arrange the rest of your antenatal care. In some cases, we’ll offer you a further scan a week or two later. Your routine 12-week scan will normally be carried out at the hospital where you’re having your antenatal treatment.
We understand that, for many women, early pregnancy can be a worrying time. We’re on hand to offer advice at any time on our out-of-hours telephone number. If necessary, we can perform a series of ultrasound scans to reassure you that all is well with your baby.
Although some discomfort is normal during early pregnancy, our team can advise you about how to stay as healthy as possible by making changes to your diet and lifestyle.
You can also contact us for support or advice during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Your GP will arrange follow-up appointments at your local surgery or hospital for the rest of your pregnancy.
Bleeding in early pregnancy
It’s not unusual to have some light bleeding in early pregnancy. It doesn’t necessarily mean that something is wrong. However, it can be an early sign of a miscarriage, so we do advise you to contact us and we will help you access appropriate care. We may recommend some blood tests to check that the levels of the pregnancy hormone (hCG) and progesterone are normal, or an ultrasound scan here at the clinic to check that all Is well.
All our Consultants have extensive experience in managing the problems that can occur in early pregnancy. You can book a consultation at any stage for further assessment and expert advice.