Infertility Treatment: Expecting Multiples

 

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The monetary and emotional cost of infertility treatment makes many patients and doctors “try for twins”.  Is this safe? What can you do to maintain the odds of getting pregnant, but still reduce the odds of multiple births?  If you are pregnant with twins or triplets, what can you do to protect your babies?  Join our guest Dr. Mark Evans, Medical Director at Comprehensive Genetics in New York City, President of the Fetal Medicine Foundation of America, High Risk Obstetrician, and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.

 

+ Highlights of the show (click to expand)

  • What are the risks to the babies from being part of a twin pregnancy?
  • What are the risks to the mother of carrying twins?
  • What are the risks of a triplet pregnancy?
  • Why are twin so often the result of infertility treatment?
  • Are the risk of identical twins greater with infertility treatment and in vitro fertilization (IVF).
  • What can a woman pregnant with twins or triplets do to increase the odds of giving birth to healthy babies?
  • What foods should a pregnant woman eat when pregnant with twins?
  • What type of prenatal tests are recommended for twin pregnancies?
  • How much activity is too much with a twin or triplet pregnancy?
  • When and why should a woman consider a selective reduction or fetal reduction of a multiple pregnancy?
  • What are the risks and benefits to selective reduction?
  • What can the infertility medical community do to reduce the incidence of and need for fetal reduction?
  • What can infertility patients do to reduce their chances of multiple pregnancies?

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