Multiple pregnancy and fertility treatment

It can be tempting to imagine that a multiple pregnancy might be the ideal outcome after fertility treatment – an instant family and no need to pay for any more IVF in the future. In fact, multiple pregnancy is the biggest health risk from fertility treatment, and the terribly sad story of the woman from Arizona who died shortly after giving birth to quadruplets shows just how risky it can be.

Here in the UK, the multiple pregnancy rate after fertility treatment is declining and clinics are encouraged to think carefully before transferring more than one embryo to younger women in particular. Women’s bodies are made to carry one baby at a time, and the biggest danger from a multiple pregnancy is that the babies will be born early – which carries all kinds of long-term health risks.

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