Multiple Pregnancy: Twins or More - Treatment Overview
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Possible problems for the babies (fetuses) during multiple pregnancy can include vanishing twin syndrome,
twin-to-twin transfusion, twins that share one amniotic sac (monoamniotic
twins), and locking twins.
Early pregnancy decisions about triplets or more
When there are three or more fetuses in the uterus, their risks of
disability or death are higher with each additional fetus. If you are carrying
triplets or more after infertility treatment, your doctor may offer the option
of multifetal pregnancy reduction (MFPR) near the end of
trimester. A successful MFPR increases the chances of
healthy survival for the remaining fetuses and reduces risks to you. But MFPR
sometimes leads to miscarriage.1
decision to have a multifetal pregnancy reduction is difficult and traumatic.
If you are faced with this decision, talk to your doctor about your personal
risks from trying to carry multiple fetuses to term compared to the risks of
choosing MFPR. Also consider discussing your decision with a counselor or
- Multiple Pregnancy: Should I Have a Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction?