Test your knowledge about multiples
There are many myths about multiples. Here are some statements: see if you can tell if they are myth or reality.
I am in excellent health therefore not likely to develop any risk factors during a twin pregnancy.
It is true that a woman's health before pregnancy can affect her health during a pregnancy. But certain conditions are more likely to happen during a multiple pregnancy no matter what your health: like preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, placental problems, and foetal growth problems. Each additional baby you carry at one time increases your risk of developing these complications.
The most immediate risk involved with multiple births is pre-term (or early) labour, resulting in premature births. A typical single pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks, but a twin pregnancy often only lasts between 35 to 37 weeks. Nearly half of all twins are born prematurely (before 37 weeks), and the risk of having a premature delivery increases with higher-order multiples.
Having twins is just like having two babies who are close in age: the challenge is not that much greater!
Generally speaking, the closer children are in age, the harder work it is for the parents in the early months and years. So caring for two infants is more demanding than caring for an infant and a one-year old.
Many parents are unaware of the challenges of raising multiples. So there is a high incidence of "Twin Shock" when reality is different and more challenging than their preconceptions.
Single embryo transfer greatly decreases my chances of conceiving on the first try. I can't afford to try again.
Myth and Reality
It is true that in most cases, the chance of getting pregnant after a single embryo transfer is less than if two embryos are transferred. But several large studies have proven that, in good candidates, a
in a fresh cycle followed by a frozen single embryo transfer (if needed) results in the same live birth rate with fewer risky multiple births.
In most cases, the cost of a frozen cycle is low and can be timed with your regular menstrual cycle (period). This reduces your need to use prescription drugs, which also reduces the cost.
Many children who are born premature will "catch up" to other kids their age within the first five years of life. So what's the big deal?
In many cases, babies who are born premature have learning and developmental delays that need expensive therapies like physiotherapy and language therapy.
But with early treatment, these deficits may not be noticeable by the time these children start school. It should be noted, though, that addressing these difficulties may take a lot of time, effort, and money.
Fertility treatments like IVF and IUI lead to having twins and higher order multiples.
Improvements in fertility treatments mean that IVF doctors can now transfer fewer embryos with nearly the same rate of pregnancy.
Multiple embryo transfers not only increase the chance of becoming pregnant with more than one baby, they also dramatically increase the odds of prematurity, low birth weight, disability, and death for the infants. They also increase risks of preeclampsia, diabetes, placental problems, caesarean section, and other delivery complications for the mother.
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