Did you know that since the 1980s the number of twin births in couples has increased by almost 75 percent? Yes, that’s right. Multiple pregnancies are becoming increasingly common where couples are often seen with twin, triplet, or quadruplet births, especially those who opt for assisted reproductive procedures like IVF.
Multiple pregnancies are those in which more than one embryo implants itself to the endometrium or the uterus lining and the couple gives birth to more than one baby.
How Do Multiple Pregnancies Happen?
Multiple pregnancies can result from one of two ways:
Multiple pregnancies from multiple embryo implantation have become common because more and more couples are opting for assisted reproductive techniques like IUI and IVF.
Let’s look at some medical factors that can cause multiple pregnancies during your IVF cycle.
The biggest advantage of having multiple pregnancies is that you have more than one offspring in a single pregnancy term. Apart from the happiness and joy of having a bigger family, you get to have multiple babies without having to undergo several pregnancies.
Additionally, having multiple babies in one IVF cycle saves you the cost of having to undergo another round of IVF cycles to have another baby.
Having multiple pregnancies is a blessing for most couples. However, it comes with its own set of unique risks and challenges for the mother as well as the growing fetuses.
Pre-eclampsia is a condition where you may experience high blood pressure, swelling in the body, and high protein content in your urine because of being pregnant with twins.
Gestational diabetes can develop in any pregnant woman. Developing gestational diabetes can increase the baby’s size and cause issues for you and the baby during vaginal delivery. Especially when you are pregnant with two or more babies, it can lead to injuries to either and both fetuses, seizures, etc.
It is almost inevitable to have a normal delivery in most twin pregnancies and you will have to opt for a C-section. C-section deliveries increase your chances of hemorrhaging during and after the delivery and have a longer recovery period than vaginal delivery.
In most cases, twin babies are born prematurely. Premature delivery can lead to medical complications in your babies.
Multiple pregnancies are not a guarantee in any type of conception – natural or IVF. The only difference between the two is that in IVF the chances are slightly higher because the IVF specialist inserts more than one healthy embryo inside the uterus for a better chance at conception.
Moreover, the decision of having more than one embryo placed inside the uterus lies completely with you and your partner. IVF specialists and your fertility doctor can only play an advisory role in this decision.
If you are having trouble making up your mind about IVF because of the risk of multiple pregnancies or you want to know more about it, you can seek help at Archish IVF. Archish IVF is one of the finest IVF centers in Bangalore and India. The team of doctors and fertility specialists will give you a realistic and pragmatic explanation of your situation and answer any queries you may have in mind.