My babies are 5 days old today 🙂 They should be growing into a blastocyst at this point. Hopefully they are growing nicely and getting ready to implant soon. I found this cool video that shows what takes place from fertilization to development of an embryo.
My babies looked kind of like this on day 3, when we transferred them.
Today, on day 5, they should look more like this.
Sorry if that’s boring, but I find it all very interesting! 🙂 So cool.
I started eating pineapple core yesterday (1 day after ET). I don’t know if it’s really true that it helps implantation, but it couldn’t hurt. I also read that Benadryl can help with implantation. I asked my doctor if it was safe, because I do have allergies, and he said it was fine. I’ve been taking one 25mg tablet at bedtime. It helps me sleep anyway, too.
I feel good! I don’t feel stressed. This is like the honeymoon period of the process. I almost wish I could stay in this happy place for awhile. I know I’ll be getting more nervous as the TWW goes on. I’m practicing meditation, using guided imagery CDs, and reading A LOT. I’m on my 3rd Jodi Picoult book already. I read Handle with Care, The Pact, and now I’m reading Nineteen Minutes. Good stuff!!
*Stay tuned because I have some nice prizes for the giveaway…coming soon!! 😉
EDIT — Here is the pineapple core info:
Using Pineapple to Assist Implantation: Pineapple contains bromelain. Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme that breaks up proteins that inhibit embryo implantation. Consuming a whole pineapple (focusing on the core as it has the highest concentration of Bromelain) during a fertility cycle can be beneficial.
For IVF [in vitro fertilization] cycle: one pineapple, divided into 5 portions – consume one portion each day, over five days, beginning on the day of your embryo transfer.
IUI [intra-uterine insemination] cycle: one pineapple, divided into 5 portions – consume one portion each day, over five days, beginning on the day of your IUI.
Timed intercourse cycle: one pineapple, divided into 5 portions – consume one portion each day, over five days, beginning on the day after ovulation.
Note: Be careful not to start consuming pineapple too early in the cycle. Beginning to consume pineapple BEFORE the recommended days above can actually affect your vaginal and cervical mucus PH, making it more acidic.