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What are potential problems and aftercare if you get multifetal reduction surgery?

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Infections from fetal reduction are rare. A small number of women can miscarry after the procedure. And you still might have a chance of going into labor too early.

To help the rest of your fetuses survive, your doctor will give you special instructions to follow during your pregnancy. These could include a diet high in calories and protein, medication, or extra bed rest. You may also need to check in with your doctor more often and extra tests to check your health and the health of your growing babies.

SOURCES:

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction.”

American Society for Reproductive Medicine: “Patient Fact Sheet: Complications and Problems Associated with Multiple Births.”

American Pregnancy Association: “Complications in a Multiple Pregnancy.”

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin: “Multiple Pregnancy.”

Medical Journal of the Armed Forces of India: “Embryo Reduction: Our Experience.”

Human Reproduction: “Obstetric outcome and psychological follow-up of pregnancies after embryo reduction.”

Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy: “Outcome of Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction in Women with a Dichorionic Triamniotic Triplet Pregnancy to a Singleton Pregnancy: A Retrospective Nationwide Cohort Study.”

BJOG: an international journal of obstetrics and gynecology: “Radiofrequency ablation for selective reduction in complex monochorionic pregnancies.”

Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital: “Radio-frequency Ablation.”

Sunflower Women’s Hospital: “Interventional Sonography.”

Mayo Clinic: “Placental Abruption,” “General Anesthesia.”

CDC: “Facts about Stillbirth.”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on January 30, 2018

SOURCES:

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction.”

American Society for Reproductive Medicine: “Patient Fact Sheet: Complications and Problems Associated with Multiple Births.”

American Pregnancy Association: “Complications in a Multiple Pregnancy.”

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin: “Multiple Pregnancy.”

Medical Journal of the Armed Forces of India: “Embryo Reduction: Our Experience.”

Human Reproduction: “Obstetric outcome and psychological follow-up of pregnancies after embryo reduction.”

Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy: “Outcome of Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction in Women with a Dichorionic Triamniotic Triplet Pregnancy to a Singleton Pregnancy: A Retrospective Nationwide Cohort Study.”

BJOG: an international journal of obstetrics and gynecology: “Radiofrequency ablation for selective reduction in complex monochorionic pregnancies.”

Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital: “Radio-frequency Ablation.”

Sunflower Women’s Hospital: “Interventional Sonography.”

Mayo Clinic: “Placental Abruption,” “General Anesthesia.”

CDC: “Facts about Stillbirth.”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on January 30, 2018

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