How to keep busy during the TWW

IVF #2 Update

Today I am 1dp5dt (1 day past 5 day transfer or 6dpo) I find by far the hardest part of IVF is the waiting.  You are always waiting for something: waiting to start stims, waiting for blood work results, waiting for transfer day.  I think the hardest wait for anyone is the dreaded Two Week Wait (TWW).  This is the time from ovulation to the time you get your old friend Aunt Flow.   For me the TWW is more from transfer till the beta(blood pregnancy) test.  I find myself getting the most anxious at this time.

I was told to sit around for 2 days (day of transfer and day after) and be a “couch potato.”   I do not like being a couch potato.  I get bored easily when just sitting and when I get bored I think too much and get anxious or start eating everything in sight!  I look around at the house which is a mess and I can’t do anything.  No laundry, cleaning, etc.  It makes me feel guilty.


I would rather be out doing something, working out, enjoying the sun but I know it will be all worth it so I suck it up.  The restrictions I have for after the couch potato days is no lifting anything over 5-10lbs, no vacuuming, no swimming, no strenuous exercise.  I find the hardest part for me is no strenuous exercise.  I love lifting weights and working out.  They are my go to for stress relief but I know its only for about a week and a half and I can incorporate it back in after.  Here is a list I have started to keep myself distracted.  Not all of them I can do until at least tomorrow since I am in the dreaded couch potato stage.

Things to keep me busy

  1. Get out of the house if becoming too obsessed
  2. Start a new book(right now finishing up Gone Girl)
  3. Get a pedicure
  4. Go to Library (and pay off the $1 fine I owe so I can start downloading books to my Kindle)
  5. Go shopping
  6. Take a walk with Duncan
  7. Finish writing my business law paper that is due on Sunday
  8. Go through magazines and find workouts to do once I get BFP or BFN
  9. Find new recipes
  10. Cook new recipes
  11. Visit or Call a friend or family member
  12. Go to a coffee shop, grab a decaf and people watch
  13. Go to acupuncture
  14. Watch a movie
  15. Write more Blog posts

3 thoughts on “How to keep busy during the TWW

  1. hopefulandhungry says:

    I think the TWW is definitely the hardest part of the whole IVF process, way worse than injections! I’m kind of an exercise fanatic, so I totally can commiserate with you! How are you liking Gone Girl?

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