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Why is multifetal reduction done?

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The more babies in your womb, the more likely you are to have a miscarriage or a stillbirth, when the baby dies during the second half of your pregnancy or during birth. Another worry is that the babies can be born too early.

Premature delivery can cause problems with your babies' lungs, heart, stomach, and brain. They could also face lifelong health issues like cerebral palsy, mental retardation, and vision and hearing loss.

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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