Today is 2dpt – the day my embryos will turn into blastocysts. I forgot to mention in my earlier posts about having to insert progestogen hormone pills underneath three times a day, two pills each time. These Utrogestan capsules are supposed to keep the lining of my womb thick and gives my embbies the best possible chance of implanting and can be taken orally or inserted beneath. I was told to do the latter.
I don’t think I’ve ever done so much research online, probably not even during my postgraduate days. The thing is, I have so much time on hand that I am already feeling bored after staying at home for 1.5 days. The more I read, the more confused I am. Some say optimal bed rest during 2ww; Dr. S. said to resume my normal activities as long as they are nothing too vigorous or strenuous.
I read about the kind of food I should take, from specific searches on 2ww, to the type of food to consume during the first trimester. Many sites say that it is good to eat pineapples, or drink pineapples juices which can aid implantation during the 2ww. However in this part of the world, pineapples are absolutely taboo. Only those teens with underaged pregnancies gobble down pineapples as a way to get rid of their foetus inside as Asians believe that pineapples are too ‘cooling’ for an expectant mum. Needless to say, I’ll never touch pineapples. In fact, I’ve not eaten a slice since eons ago while trying to conceive. I saw that Brazil nuts are good. I have a pack which I bought months ago even before I started this IVF treatment. I ate 2 on the day of ET, skipped yesterday and guess I need to force myself to eat them more diligently for the rest of the stint.
I’m absolutely confused on the types of food to eat. Shouldn’t fish and milk be good for the body? Now I’m reading that fish contains mercury and should be limited to only 2 portions a week. My unopened bottle of milk in the fridge will probably be left untouched till it expires. Some say soy products are better than dairy products, the latter of which I should avoid. But some websites say that I should avoid all soya products. Who’s right? Dr. S. advised that other than processed and preserved food which I should avoid, there isn’t anything else that I cannot eat.
Talking about preserved food. I decided that I needed to just get out of the house this morning thus visited the supermarket. My bestie mum as usual immediately asked to accompany me so she could keep a surveillance on me and made sure I did not carry anything heavy. As we walked down aisles and aisles in the supermarket, we found that there were simply not much options. In today’s world of convenience, is there any food that is packaged without preservatives? I seriously doubt so. I’m not even sure if i could take bottled spaghetti sauces. Even choosing some biscuits was a tough decision. In the end, I opted for the most unappetising plain old Marie biscuits.
We also found ourselves going through every item’s food labels, something that I have never done in my life.
Okay. I’ve finally decided what to have for dinner tonight. What about tomorrow and the day after?