IVF Pregnancy Week by Week – Symptoms & Safety

IVF Pregnancy Week by Week – Symptoms & Safety

8 April 2024

IVF Pregnancy Week by Week - Symptoms & Safety

In the world of fertility treatments, IVF offers hope to couples facing difficulties conceiving. It’s a remarkable procedure that has brought joy to countless families by helping them become parents. But starting an IVF journey means not only understanding the procedure itself but also the ins and outs of pregnancy that comes after.

In this detailed guide, we’ll take a close look at the week-by-week journey of an IVF pregnancy, covering the symptoms, safety measures, and milestones that expecting parents can expect.

Week 1-4: Conception and Confirmation

During the first weeks of pregnancy following IVF, the embryo begins to implant itself into the uterine lining, marking the beginning of a remarkable journey. While physical symptoms may not be evident during this early stage, some women may experience implantation bleeding or mild cramping. However, it’s crucial to confirm pregnancy through blood tests and ultrasounds conducted by your healthcare provider.

Safety measures during this period include avoiding alcohol, smoking, and certain medications that may pose risks to the developing embryo. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet sets the foundation for a successful pregnancy.

Week 5-8: Early Pregnancy Symptoms

As the embryo continues to develop, many women experience early pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue, nausea (often referred to as morning sickness), breast tenderness, and mood swings. These symptoms are a result of hormonal changes and are generally considered normal during pregnancy.

Regular prenatal check-ups are essential during this stage to monitor the progress of the pregnancy and address any concerns. Your healthcare provider may recommend prenatal vitamins and dietary adjustments to support the growing fetus.

If you have continuous or increasing or more than usual abdominal pain and or vomiting this may be a symptom of OHSS particularly when a fresh embryo transfer was done. You should get a checkup by your doctor.

Week 9-12: Transition to the Second Trimester

Entering the second trimester brings relief for many women as early pregnancy symptoms begin to subside, and energy levels increase. However, new symptoms may arise, including round ligament pain and skin changes such as darkening of the areolas.

During this period, prenatal care becomes even more critical, with screening tests for genetic disorders and structural abnormalities. These tests, such as ultrasound and maternal blood tests, provide valuable insights into the health of the developing fetus and help healthcare providers tailor care accordingly. Newer blood tests like noninvasive prenatal testing. (NIPT) helps in more accurate assessment or Fetal genetic conditions by a simple blood test.

Week 13-16: Maternal Comfort and Fetal Development

As the pregnancy progresses, maternal symptoms may vary, with some women experiencing continued relief from early discomforts while others encounter new challenges such as heartburn and shortness of breath.

Prenatal screenings, including amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (CVS), may be offered during this stage to assess the risk of genetic conditions. It’s essential to discuss the benefits and risks of these tests with your healthcare provider to make informed decisions about your pregnancy care.

You may consider starting exercise or yoga after discussion with your healthcare providers.

Week 17-20: Milestones and Monitoring

Reaching the halfway mark of pregnancy brings excitement as fetal movements become more distinct, and ultrasound milestones reveal the developing baby’s features. However, it’s essential to remain vigilant about monitoring maternal health and addressing any concerns promptly.

Screening for gestational diabetes and other pregnancy-related complications becomes a priority during this stage. Maintaining a healthy diet, staying physically active, and attending regular prenatal appointments are key components of prenatal care.

Week 21-24: Preparation for Childbirth

This phase involves the most important scan for fetal anomalies, additional testing may involve fetal echo when suggested.

As the third trimester approaches, expectant parents begin to prepare for childbirth by attending childbirth classes and creating a birth plan. Fetal viability increases, and prenatal care focuses on monitoring fetal growth and maternal well-being.

It’s essential to discuss childbirth options and pain management techniques with your healthcare provider to ensure a positive birthing experience. Planning for postpartum care and support is also crucial as you prepare to welcome your newborn into the world.

Week 25-28: Third Trimester Begins

Entering the third trimester brings anticipation as the countdown to childbirth begins. Fetal movements and positioning for birth are closely monitored, providing valuable insights into the baby’s readiness for delivery.

Maternal discomforts such as swelling and discomfort may intensify during this stage, emphasizing the importance of self-care and support from loved ones. Regular prenatal visits help healthcare providers assess maternal and fetal well-being and address any concerns that may arise.

Week 29-32: Final Preparations

As the final weeks of pregnancy approach, expectant parents focus on final preparations for childbirth and newborn care. Monitoring fetal movements and kick counts provides reassurance while remaining vigilant for signs of preterm labor.

Discussing childbirth preferences and preferences for pain management with your healthcare provider ensures a smooth transition to labor and delivery. It’s essential to have a support system in place and to communicate your needs and concerns openly with your care team.

It is good to know that with present day neonatal care a very high percentage of newborns survive without any long term consequences if born after 28 weeks.

Week 33-36: Nearing the Finish Line

As the due date approaches, the anticipation of meeting your baby grows stronger. Fetal growth continues, and maternal discomforts may persist as the body prepares for childbirth.

Monitoring blood pressure and signs of preeclampsia becomes crucial during this stage, as these conditions can pose risks to maternal and fetal health. It’s essential to stay connected with your healthcare provider and to seek medical attention if you experience any concerning symptoms.

34 weeks is a crucial milestone, as healthy newborns born after 34 weeks require minimal or no ventilation support in many cases.

Week 37-40: Full-Term Pregnancy

Reaching full term brings excitement as expectant parents eagerly await the arrival of their baby. Signs of labor may become more pronounced, signaling that childbirth is imminent.

It’s essential to familiarize yourself with the signs of labor and when to go to the hospital. Your healthcare provider will guide you through the final stages of pregnancy and support you during labor and delivery.


As you navigate your IVF pregnancy week by week, remember to prioritize your health and well-being. Stay informed about symptoms and safety measures, and don’t hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider with any concerns.

If you’re currently on an IVF pregnancy journey or considering IVF treatment, remember that you’re not alone. Contact us today at Bavishi Fertility Institute for personalized support and guidance throughout your journey. 

Author Bio

Dr. Parth Bavishi

Dr. Parth Bavishi, MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology, brings over 12 years of invaluable work experience to his role as Director of Bavishi Fertility Institute, leading a group of IVF clinics committed to helping couples realise their dreams of parenthood. 

Bavishi Fertility Institute is dedicated to providing customised and personalised treatments which are simple, safe , smart and successful. Bavishi Fertility Institute works with success and satisfaction for all at heart. Providing an ideal blend of professional treatment and personalised care.

Dr Parth had special training in infertility at Bavishi fertility Institute, the Diamond Institute, USA, and the HART Institute, Japan.

Dr. Bavishi is a distinguished expert in his field. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Bavishi is the author of the acclaimed book, ‘Your Miracle in Making: A Couple’s Guide to Pregnancy,’ offering invaluable insights to couples navigating the complexities of fertility. He loves to empower patients to make the correct choice by education both online and offline .

His exceptional contributions have earned him the prestigious Rose of Paracelsus award from the European Medical Association. Dr Parth has been an invited faculty at many national and international conferences.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Dr. Bavishi is an avid traveller who finds solace in exploring new destinations. He also enjoys engaging his mind with brainy puzzles, always seeking new challenges and solutions outside of the medical realm.


Pregnancy symptoms after IVF can vary, but they typically start to appear around two weeks after the embryo transfer. These symptoms may include fatigue, breast tenderness, nausea, and mild cramping.

The frequency of prenatal appointments during an IVF pregnancy may vary depending on individual circumstances and healthcare provider recommendations. Typically, appointments are scheduled every few weeks initially and become more frequent as the pregnancy progresses.

Common milestones in an IVF pregnancy include hearing the baby’s heartbeat for the first time, feeling fetal movements, and undergoing prenatal screenings and ultrasounds to monitor fetal development.

Managing anxiety and stress during an IVF pregnancy is essential for both the mother’s well-being and the baby’s development. Techniques such as mindfulness, relaxation exercises, and seeking support from loved ones or support groups can be helpful.

While it’s essential to stay active during pregnancy, some restrictions may apply, depending on individual circumstances. It’s best to consult with your healthcare provider to determine the appropriate level of physical activity for your specific situation.

Pregnancy following IVF (In vitro fertilization) is not inherently considered high-risk; however, it may carry some increased risks compared to natural conception. This is mainly due to factors such as the age of the mother, underlying health conditions, and the possibility of multiple pregnancies resulting from IVF treatments.

The estimated due date for IVF pregnancies is generally reliable, although slight variations may occur. It’s calculated based on factors like embryo transfer or fertilization date. Ultrasounds during early pregnancy help confirm the due date and monitor fetal development.

IVF pregnancy is considered safe when patients receive thorough medical evaluations, high-quality embryo transfers, and comprehensive prenatal care from experienced healthcare providers. Factors such as maternal health, embryo quality, and expert supervision contribute to the safety of the pregnancy. 

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