Preimplantation genetic diagnosis is a new invention that can detect chromosomal defects in embryos before they are implanted in the mother's uterus, so that the chances of a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby are the highest. After a PGD, the lifestyle of the mother and the couple may differ, according to the results of the diagnosis.
Lifestyle if Embryo Is Implanted
If the embryo is found healthy, it will be introduced in the mother's uterus. 14 days after this is done, a pregnancy test will be necessary to establish whether the embryo is implanted. The mother should continue the hormonal treatment and take vitamins and minerals to ensure the health of the fetus. The mother should avoid stress. Periodic tests will be performed, the most important being the ultrasounds when the fetus is 16 weeks old, as this is when the fertility doctor will establish if the fetus is healthy. PGD gives accurate results, but there may still be chances that the fetus has a defect.
Lifestyle if Embryo Is Faulty
The PGD may have unfavorable results for the couple and all embryos may be found faulty, so they will not be used. This is not a reason to worry, as the couple may try the in vitro fertilization process again. The fertility doctor may recommend some tests and possibly some diet and lifestyle changes. Diet can influence the health of the sperm produced, and an active lifestyle can also be beneficial. A new IVF cycle can be started two months after the first cycle, or when the couple is ready.