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What is multifetal reduction?

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Fertility treatments raise your odds of getting pregnant with more than one baby. When you carry twins, triplets, or more, pregnancy becomes more of a challenge. It’s also less likely that all your babies will be born healthy.

A surgery called multifetal reduction lowers the number of fetuses and improves your chances for a healthy pregnancy. Also called fetal reduction or selective pregnancy reduction, it’s a safe procedure, and chances of problems are small. Still, it can be a tough decision.

From: What Is Multifetal Reduction? WebMD Medical Reference

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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