Make your Acupuncture Appointments
Honestly, before we started trying to have a baby nearly five years ago, I would have looked at you like you were crazy if you suggested that I go to acupuncture. I am beyond terrified of needles and see enough of them on a daily basis while going through IVF. However, I have done acupuncture every single time we have a frozen embryo transfer, and obviously it's worked every time for me so far... so I won't be stopping anytime soon. (Mind you, that's my personality - I am kind of superstitious. In law school I got the high grade on a final exam and I happened to be wearing my neon lace panties that day - from then on they were deemed my "lucky panties" and I wore them to every exam I could from then on out haha).
Anyway, back to the point... I usually do acupuncture the day of our transfer (both immediately before and again immediately after they transfer our embryo(s) back to me). The appointment before the transfer is said to help your body overcome imbalances it may have and also support healthy reproductive circulation, while the appointment after your transfer is meant to help keep everything calm. Your uterus is like a giant moving ocean to your little embaby(ies) and you want those seas to be nice and calm so he and/or she can find their way to your endometrium to implant. I usually follow up our transfer with one or two more acupuncture appointments during my two week wait to find out if our little embaby attached. It just helps to keep me (and my oceans) calm.
I like to schedule these well in advance to make sure I don't have anything to stress about leading up to the transfer. It's important to me that I feel stress-free and completely ready before our frozen embryo transfer.
Get all your grocery shopping done in advance
Speaking of getting everything done in advance, I really hate feeling stressed leading up to my frozen embryo transfer. I like to get my work done beforehand (or take a blogging break if I need to, hence my recent hiatus). That includes getting my grocery shopping done. There are certain things that I like to eat and do post-transfer so it's important that I make a list and run to the store with my husband to get everything ready.
First and foremost, there are a lot of articles and blogs out there saying eat this or that, and, like I said, I don't know if they work or not... but my rule of thumb is that if I am going to stress or worry if I don't do it, then it's just better that I do. It can't hurt, so why not.
I usually get a pineapple and eat a ton both before and after our frozen embryo transfer. I also always get a lot of pomegranate juice and drink a large, warm glass every day. One of my favorite things to drink every morning (and especially during and after a transfer) is hot honey lemon water. So I usually also stock up on some yummy lemons and honey (I go through it quickly because I drink so much haha).
They say that eating warm foods is best because when you eat or drink cold items all of the blood rushes to your tummy to help digest - and you really want all your blood circulating around your uterus at this time. So I usually also stock up on soup and if I am going to eat something cold, like a salad, then I follow it with something warm, like soup, hot honey-lemon water or warm pomegranate juice etc.