Women who have experienced infertility have a higher risk for some pregnancy complications like premature labor, even when they conceive a singleton. If you've conceived twins, you likely already know that a twin pregnancy comes with risks to your health and your babies' health. If you're carrying higher order multiples, like triplets or quadruplets, some of those risks are even higher.
Is there anything you can do to increase your chances for a healthy pregnancy after infertility, whether you're expecting multiples or not?
While it's impossible to eliminate all the risks -- even a "perfect patient" making the healthiest choices isn't immune to pregnancy troubles -- there are steps you can take to reduce the potential for or severity of some twin pregnancy problems.
You've worked hard to get pregnant! Here are 10 tips to help you have a healthy pregnancy after infertility.
Choose an Excellent Doctor
Usually, after fertility treatment, women return to their gynecologist/obstetrician for pregnancy. But if you've conceived twins or more, your former doctor may or may not be the best choice for you now.
Even if you don't need a high-risk doctor yet, it's still best to choose a doctor experienced with twin or multiple pregnancies. Interview a few doctors before making a choice, and be sure to ask your fertility doctor or fertility support group for references.
If you need a high-risk doctor, either for complications or a high order pregnancy, then it's even more important to choose someone experienced with either your particular complication or with high order multiples. Ask the doctor about their philosophy on prenatal care for a multiple pregnancy, ask about your birthing options (will she insist on cesarean section, even if vaginal birth is possible?), and ask her about the outcomes she's seen in a pregnancy like yours.
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