Conception

7 things not to do after ovulation

You’ve done your homework, tracked your ovulation, maybe seen it on your temperature chart or checked with ovulation tests, and you’ve done everything you can to attempt to conceive.

And now?

The two weeks between the “pregnant or not pregnant” response can be endless and frustrating. For some it represents a real hell made of anxiety and skyrocketing expectations.

There is undoubtedly a lot at stake. We know very well that if that pregnancy test turns positive, life will change irreparably. For many it is the realization of a dream that has just been attempted or has been chasing for some time.

How can you bear all this load of emotions for two weeks?

It’s not easy especially if you’re less anxious and emotional.

Surely you can’t take 15 days every month for a leisure trip. Just like you can’t work around the clock not to think about it.

However, there are some “big sister” tips that I feel like giving you so as not to further complicate this period that separates you from day X in which you can take the test.

The 7 things not to do

1) Don’t tell everyone you’re trying to get pregnant

In particular, don’t tell your mother or aunt or grandmother or mother-in-law. While the friends may be more tactful because they may have been through it, the others no longer remember how they felt at the time of the search for the stork (also because perhaps there were no early tests in their day like now). The risk therefore is receiving phone calls with insistent “so, are you pregnant?” annoying as when you will be pregnant and they will call to find out if you are about to give birth, or when you have a child and they will insistently ask you when you will have the second.

2) Avoid starting a pregnancy test one week after the hypothetical conception.

Before 11 days they advise against even doing beta HCG in the blood, let alone the urine test! If you want to have a reliable test result, wait at least for the first day of delay. I know that many take ovulation tests instead of pregnancy tests and continue to do sticks until day X. Ovulation tests can often be misleading by creating false illusions. It is always better to wait until the first day of delay and take a single pregnancy test.

3) Don’t fixate on symptoms.

It’s easier said than done. After ovulation antennas sprout everywhere and we pay attention to every little detail. We look like a real espionage station. Any slightest symptom that is different from the usual is categorized as a “possible symptom of pregnancy “.

But beware of phantasynothms or those symptoms that you didn’t consider before and which therefore went unnoticed! If you see your abdomen more swollen than usual, maybe you ate more the day before. If you feel more tired than usual it is not said that it is because a life is growing inside you, but maybe you have pulled the rope in the last few weeks and have not rested enough. So where possible try to be rational and weigh the symptoms for what they actually are. I remember that the first real pregnancy symptom common to all is the non-arrival of menstruation after 16 days from ovulation, all the others are subjective.

4) Do not start watching programs like…

“24 hours in the delivery room”, “I didn’t know I was pregnant”, “Midwives”, or all those movies that talk about pregnancies: it would be like shooting yourself in the foot!

5) Don’t start wandering around baby shops

…or to fantasize about the little dresses or the bedroom. Everything in time for him!

6) Don’t start eating for two.

Even if the pregnancy has begun, it is not necessary for you to gorge yourself on sweet or savory foods.

7) Avoid fantasizing about being pregnant.

If the test is negative or your period catches you off guard, the disappointment will be even greater.

In short words?

Keep your feet on the ground. You are most likely among the 85% of people who will definitely get pregnant within a year of trying at most. So try to stay as relaxed as possible, you can’t do anything else.

Enjoy every moment and in the stork’s beak!

Kathryn Barlow is an OB/GYN doctor, which is the medical specialty that deals with the care of women's reproductive health, including pregnancy and childbirth.

Obstetricians provide care to women during pregnancy, labor, and delivery, while gynecologists focus on the health of the female reproductive system, including the ovaries, uterus, vagina, and breasts. OB/GYN doctors are trained to provide medical and surgical care for a wide range of conditions related to women's reproductive health.

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