The Two Week Wait and Test day - The Preggers Kitchen IVF Series

IVF is emotionally tough and no aspect of it more so than the tortuous  two week wait.  Fighting bloating, severe blues, the temptation of Google searching (no good comes from that, you naughty temptress) and endless symptom spotting. It is a real arse.  There is no way round it, we all have to endure it.  I'd love to provide advice on how to ace the two week wait but unfortunately, to be honest, I didn't.  Not even close.  This article covers my two week wait, when to do a home pregnancy test (and not to test), what the blooming heck is a Beta, why you are p*ssing your money away by obsessing over line progression and what to expect at the callously named 'viability scan'.  

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IVF Egg Collection - The Preggers Kitchen IVF Series

Egg collection is the time in the IVF process that everything is totally out of your hands and you have to surrender to the consultants.  You've done everything that you can and for this one day, what will be will be.  But what will be?  This article sets out a day in the life of a person being harvested.

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Are IVF injections painful?: How to shoot up with the best of them - The Preggers Kitchen IVF Series

When you think IVF, you think injections, right?  Drugs, hormonal induce meltdowns and lots of jabs.  It is one of the most daunting aspects of IVF, but is it really that bad?  This article considers the key questions, surprises and issues that I experienced during druggie phase of IVF.  It explores whether the injections hurt (taken from the experience of a total wuss - me), what the different hormones do and what happens when you have a jab related disaster and spurt the contents onto the floor of a public loo.  

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What happens at the initial IVF consultation? The Preggers Kitchen IVF Series

The most eagerly anticipated, long awaited, important appointment on our three year infertility calendar - the IVF initial consultation.  But what the hell happens at it?  What do I ask?  How long do I have to wait following it to actually start pumping my body full of hormones and get the IVF train out of the station?  Once again, I had as much knowledge of what occurs at the first IVF consultation as I do about quantum physics (and I studied humanities).  This article sets out all that happened to me at the initial IVF consultation so that you know roughy what to expect.

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