Whether you are preparing for your frozen embryo transfer (FET) with your adopted embryos or you have just completed one, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to improve your chances of success. The good news is, there are many things fertility clinics highly recommend doing (and not doing) during the process!

First and foremost, before diving into the following advice, know that the best way to prepare for your transfer is to follow the directions your fertility clinic gives you directly.

These are just some additional suggestions that may help along the way:

Before your transfer:
  • Follow exact directions for your prescribed medications!
  • Double check the schedule and logistics with your reproductive endocrinologist so that you can be prepared for the day of the transfer.
  • Try to maintain a balanced, healthy diet. Reproductive endocrinologists often recommend warm foods with high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Attempt to avoid cold foods such as smoothies, as well as sugar, red meat, and highly processed foods.
  • Relax! In the days before the transfer, do something that sounds fun to you! This will help get your body and mind in the right frame of mind before the transfer. When your body feels safe and rested, it is more likely to successfully carry a pregnancy.
After your transfer:
  • Remember to keep taking your prescribed medications! You still need to continue the regimen after your FET.
  • Start pre-natal vitamins with folic acid (if you have not started already).
  • Continue maintaining a healthy diet, with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein.
  • Avoid strenuous activity or anything that will significantly raise your body’s core temperature such as saunas and hot tubs for at least 2 weeks.

Going through this process can be nerve-wracking, especially as you wait for your results. It is normal to want to control some part of the process, but some of the best advice is actually to calm down, relax, and trust your body to do its thing!

To learn more about embryo adoption or donation, visit EmbryoAdoption.org.