When Can We Breathe Easy?: When is an IVF Pregnancy Considered Safe

| 23 Jun 2023 | Views


One question that we are often asked is: “After how many weeks is IVF pregnancy safe?” If you’re as curious as a cat about this, then let’s dive in, shall we?

A Brief Walkthrough of IVF

Remember when you were a kid, and how a magician’s trick would leave you astounded? IVF feels a bit like that, except the magic is science! IVF, or In Vitro Fertilization, is a procedure where an egg is fertilized by sperm outside the body, in a controlled environment. This fertilized egg, now an embryo, is then transferred into the woman’s uterus. Abracadabra, and you’re on the journey to becoming parents.

The Safe Zone: When Is An IVF Pregnancy Considered Safe?

Just as a pilot announces when you can unbuckle your seatbelt post-takeoff, there’s a moment in the IVF pregnancy when you can breathe easy, knowing that the odds are now in your favour. An IVF pregnancy is considered safe around the 12th week.

Table : Timeline of IVF Pregnancy

Week Stage Safety
1-2 Embryo transfer Cautious phase
3-4 Implantation and pregnancy confirmation Still cautious
5-11 Embryo growth and development Gradual increase in safety
12+ Reduced risk of miscarriage Generally considered safe


The 12th week marks the end of the first trimester. By this time, the chances of miscarriage drop significantly, which is why it is generally considered a 'safe' period.

While reaching the 'safe' period improves the odds, it does not guarantee childbirth. Regular check-ups and following medical advice is critical throughout the pregnancy.

Yes, but with caution. It is advisable to avoid strenuous activities and continue with a healthy lifestyle.

About The Author
Dr. Richika Sahay

MBBS (Gold Medalist), DNB (Obst & Gynec), MNAMS, MRCOG (London-UK), Fellow IVF, Fellow MAS, Infertility (IVF) Specialist & Gynae Laparoscopic surgeon,[Ex AIIMS & Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi]. Read more

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