Total Rest for Optimal Embryo Transfer?

Should There Be Bed Rest After Embryo Transfer

It is said that mothers should not do anything and should only lie in bed after undergoing embryo transfer.

In the early days of IVF development, mothers had to have complete rest for at least two weeks after embryo transfer. This means that mothers should not stand under any circumstances, not even to go to the toilet.

So, to find out how long the rest period should be and what should not be done after embryo transfer, let’s find out here. 

Is Bed Rest Necessary After Embryo Transfer?

In fact, with the advancement of time and medical science, especially in the field of IVF programs recovery after embryo transfer is very different now. Mothers no longer need to lie down for 24 hours after embryo transfer. 

Quoting from Oxford University Press, in 1997, a study showed that complete rest for 24 hours did not yield better results than resting for 20 minutes. 

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Then, a different study from Fertility and Sterility in 2005 further found that there was no difference in the success of IVF programs between women who rested for 24 hours and those who got up immediately after embryo transfer. 

Research from the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology in 2011 concluded that there was not enough evidence to support total rest after IVF or embryo transfer procedures. 

In fact, more recent research has shown that prolonged total rest can contribute to negative outcomes, especially for those undergoing IVF with donor eggs. 

It is known that prolonged total rest and inactivity, combined with increased estrogen levels, can lead to blood clot formation and increased insulin resistance. Ultimately, these blood clots can interfere with the growth and development of the fetus by blocking blood flow to vital areas. 

On the other hand, light activity increases blood flow, reduces stress, and decreases inflammation. These factors are associated with better fetal development and overall maternal health.

Although total rest is not recommended, mothers still need to take some time to rest. After embryo transfer, mothers may experience mood swings that can lead to emotional ups and downs. 

Therefore, taking a brief rest can be a good solution. Adjust the duration of rest according to your condition and needs. 

Things to Avoid After Embryo Transfer

In fact, mothers can carry on with their usual activities, although doctors may suggest avoiding the following things.

  1. Sexual Intercourse: Avoid sexual intercourse after embryo transfer, as it can disrupt the embryo implantation process in the uterus.

  1. Overly Intensive Physical Exercise: Although mothers can engage in light to moderate activities, avoid heavy or intensive physical exercise. This includes activities involving heavy lifting or high impact movements.

  1. Hot Baths: Avoid hot baths, hot tubs, or saunas, as high body temperature can affect embryo implantation. Regular baths are still allowed.

  1. Excessive Stress and Anxiety: Try to manage stress levels well. Excessive stress can have negative effects on pregnancy.

  1. Excessive Heavy Activity: Avoid lifting or moving heavy objects that can cause physical strain or injury.

  1. Smoking and Alcohol Consumption: It’s best to avoid smoking and alcohol consumption after embryo transfer, as both can affect reproductive health.

That’s the explanation regarding how long the rest period should be after embryo transfer. If you experience concerning symptoms like severe cramps or abnormal bleeding, report to your doctor immediately.

Remember that every patient and situation can vary for each individual, so it’s important to follow the instructions given by the doctor handling your case. If fathers want to consult about IVF programs, please contact Bocah Indonesia Clinic. 


  • Oxford University Press. Is a prolonged bed rest following embryo transfer useful?. Diakses 2023. 
  • Botta, G., Grudzinkas, G. (1997) Is a prolonged bed rest following embryo transfer useful?. Human Reproduction, Volume 12, Issue 11, 1 November 1997, Pages 2489–2492.
  • Fertility and Sterility. Immediate ambulation after embryo transfer: a prospective study. Diakses 2023.
  • European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. Bed rest after embryo transfer. Diakses 2023. 
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology. Exercise During Pregnancy. Diakses 2023. 
  • Journal of the Formosan Medical Association. Comparative study of daily activities of pregnant and non-pregnant women after in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer. Diakses 2023.

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