IVF Couples Advised: ‘Don’t Try For Twins & Triplets!’

Fri, May 13, 2011 4:21pm EST by 1 Comment

Moms are risking their lives and the health of their babies by trying for twins and triplets during fertility treatment.

Experts want IVF couples to reduce the number of embryos they implant, in a bid to dramatically slash the rate of stillborn babies and infants born with eye and brain damage.

Doctors have traditionally implanted multiple embryos in moms undergoing IVF, because it increases the chances of successful conception.

But it also increases the chance of multiple births, and experts are concerned that a half of all twins and 90 percent of triplets are born prematurely.

Frighteningly, the risk of premature babies dying in the first week of life is around five times higher for twins and nine times higher for triplets than single babies.

Moms carrying multiple babies are also more likely to suffer miscarriages, anemia, hemorrhage, early labor and need a Caesarean section. Maybe this explains why IVF mom Celine Dion lost one of her triplets last year.

Did you know all that HollyMoms? We didn’t!

Health chiefs in the UK are already pushing to drive down the number of embryos implanted — and have seen a reduction in the number of twins and triplets born to IVF moms from 24 percent in 2008 to 22 percent in 2009.

Researchers at the University of Montreal are now urging the U.S. and Canada to follow suit.

Keith Barrington writes in the Journal of Pediatrics: “If you by chance have a premature baby and are unlucky enough to have that child suffer with complications, that’s one thing.”

“But to actually have a procedure that increases the chance of that happening is something that should be changed.”

Do you agree HollyMoms? Have your thoughts and experiences with us below.

– Ian Garland

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Posted at 2:12 PM on July 19, 2011  

Please, I urge anyone, do not WISH for more than one baby. I under went IVF with ICSI and on the first cycle I got pregnant. We only transferred ONE, just ONE, embyro. It somehow split once then one half split again resulting in Identical Triplets. I lost all three babies at 18.5 weeks do to preterm labor. This is such a risky, risky situation to put not only the babies in but also yourself. You are a much higher risk to develop pre-eclampsia, twin-twin transfusion syndrome, incompetent cervix, crowded uterus, etc. I was seeing the doctor weekly if not more. I had a painless dilation of the cervix, my water broke under all of the pressure and my three precious boys were born way too soon. The hopes were to get them to 31-32 weeks. But even that would have been no walk in the park. While they were all healthy in utero at any point if they were born preemie (and mostly all multiples are because it’s impossible to carry longer) they would have been prone to many birth defects. Multiples are 50 times higher at risk for cerebral palsy. This was something we did not wish for. We embraced what came to be, we couldn’t do selective reduction without terminating the whole pregnancy because they were identicals. We let nature take its course and this was the awful outcome.

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