Ready to start your infertility treatment? You may ask your doctor to transfer multiple embryos during an in vitro fertilization procedure (IVF) come with it’s benefits and risks. Although we are increasing chances of conception, we’re also increasing chances of risk when becoming pregnant with multiples. What’s the right choice for you?
Multiples Can Affect Your Physical Health
Being pregnant with multiples can cause premature birth and increased risks. Here are some common situations that occur in women pregnant with multiples:
- Bed rest
- Discomforts during pregnancy, like fatigue, heartburn, nausea, and vomiting
- Emotional stress
- Gestational diabetes (multiples more than double the risk for this affliction)
- Heart problems, including heart attacks
- Incompetent cervix, which can cause pregnancy loss of premature birth
- Iron deficiency anemia
- Placenta previa and other issues, like increasing the risk of hemorrhage
- Pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure)
- Preterm labor
Many women who give birth to multiples suffer with little to no consequences. Some women may just be uncomfortable; other women suffer from critical outcomes. Today, your doctor may recommend 1 embryo transfer versus multiple to reduce the chance of a high-risk pregnancy, especially if you’re under age 35.
Multiples Can Affect Your Emotional Health
Here are some challenges a new mom may face during the firth few months postpartum:
- Feeling depressed and isolated
- Low self-esteem
- Marital problems
- Strained finances
Emotions may escalate if one or more children are suffering from a health or developmental condition. Since complications are often common in multiple, be aware of your children’s situation and seek professional mental health from a counselor or therapist when necessary.
Make an Informed Choice
Everyone’s family and situation is unique. When considering a multiple embryo transfer, evaluate your financial, emotional, physical and mental state to determine the best decision for your growing family.