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03/07/2024 - 3 min read

The Two-Week Wait: What to Expect and How to Cope

Care Team

The two-week wait (TWW) can feel like the longest stretch in your fertility journey, filled with hope, anxiety, and everything in between. At Care Fertility, we understand how emotionally intense this period can be. Here’s a guide to help you navigate these two weeks with more ease and peace of mind.

What is the two-week wait? 
The two-week wait is the time between your embryo transfer or insemination and the day you can take a pregnancy test. It’s a mix of excitement about the possibility of pregnancy and nerves about what the test will show. 

Common feelings during the two-week wait 

  • Anticipation and excitement: You’re hopeful and imagining the possibility of a positive result. 

  • Anxiety and stress: It’s completely normal to feel worried or stressed about the outcome. The uncertainty can be tough. 

Tips for managing the two-week wait 

  1. Stay busy: Distract yourself with activities you enjoy—whether it’s a good book, spending time with loved ones, or trying out a new hobby. 

  2. Take care of yourself: Practice self-care that makes you feel good, whether it’s a relaxing bath, yoga, a gentle walk in nature or simply taking time to unwind. 

  3. Limit Dr. Google: Googling symptoms or reading others’ stories can amp up anxiety. Trust your doctor and try to stay off the internet. 

  4. Lean on support: Share your feelings with friends, family, or a support group. Talking it out can ease the burden and make you feel less alone. 

  5. Treat your body like you’re pregnant: Avoid alcohol, caffeine, high intensity workouts and anything else that might not be pregnancy friendly. Think of it as nurturing your body for the best possible outcome. 

Understanding pregnancy tests and hCG 
During the two-week wait, we know it can be incredibly tempting to take an early at-home pregnancy test. These tests detect the hormone hCG, which is produced during pregnancy. Here’s what you should know: 

  • False positives: Fertility treatments, like IVF, can cause hCG to show up in tests, leading to a positive result. However, this doesn’t always mean a viable pregnancy—it could be from medications you’ve taken. 

  • False negatives: Early testing can also result in false negatives if hCG levels aren’t high enough yet.  

 

We really recommend you follow your clinic’s advice and take the test at two weeks  to avoid unnecessary worry. 

Tips for a healthy two-week wait 
Our counsellors understand the challenges you might face during the TWW. Whether you need a listening ear, strategies for managing stress, or guidance through complex emotions, our counselling services are here for you. Here are some tips they recommend to help you have a healthy TWW: 

  • Negative self-talk: Stay positive and try not to let negative thoughts take over. 

  • Over-testing It’s tempting to keep taking pregnancy tests, but early testing can give inaccurate results and lead to more stress. 

  • Strenuous activities: Stick to gentle exercise and avoid anything too strenuous. Listen to your body and take it easy. 

Remember, it's normal to feel a range of emotions during the two-week wait. Whether you're eagerly anticipating a positive outcome or managing uncertainties, we’re here to support you. From counselling services to practical tips for maintaining emotional and physical well-being, we're committed to helping you every step of the way.