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In Vitro Fertilization Worked, You Are Pregnant - Now What???

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You’re pregnant. Hearing these three words can melt the heart of every aspiring parent. But not every pregnancy is roses and lilies, especially the ones that take form out of an in vitro fertilization program. IVF has risks and complications.

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 And there will be moments when you’ll go crazy with stress. Here is the key to harmony- don’t panic, be prepared. Beware of the major things you need to watch out for in an in vitro pregnancy.

Staying Pregnant Is Your Job

You see, getting pregnant with IVF was an entirely different roller coaster. Staying pregnant is about you and the baby you carry. That you stay healthy and stress-free is just as much crucial to a smooth delivery as it is to give birth to a healthy child.

Good health is step one. Cigarettes, caffeine, and alcohol are obviously a no-go. However, it is also important to pay attention to what your body wants to tell you. If you feel tired, rest. If you see a few blood spots, check with the doctor. If you have to travel, get thoroughly checked and make sure you have all the emergency medications.

Complications Are A Tag Along

Even a natural pregnancy needs supervision because things might go wrong. In an IVF induced one, the balance between a healthy delivery and a complicated one is very delicately maintained.

The major complications and causing factors can be many.

  • Multiple pregnancy
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Birth defects
  • Miscarriage
  • Drugs introduced to increase the number of eggs a female body produces before extraction.
  • The procedure of egg retrieval.
  • At the time of transferring the embryo into the carrier’s body.

While the bad news clearly is that so much can go wrong, the great news is that the possibilities are rare. Nevertheless, it is important for you to know what could be so that you can do all to prevent it from being.

Miscarriages, Multiple Pregnancy, And Congenital Disabilities

Miscarriages that happen in the initial months are mostly out of a mother’s control. Also, the chances of it are pretty much similar to a natural pregnancy. However, if you’re above 40, you might want to be extra careful as the chances then are over 50% of a miscarriage.

You can choose the number of embryos that the doctors will transfer in your uterus. But, where choosing one embryo reduces the risk of multiple pregnancies, it also reduces the chances of a pregnancy catching on in the first place. The standard number of embryos to be transferred changes with the age of the carrier woman. And multiple pregnancies will put you at the risk of premature delivery or a C-section or gestational diabetes.

IVF babies have a 2.6 to 3.9 percent chance of getting birth defects. That means 0.6 to 0.9 percent more than a naturally conceived child. Rare, as you read.

Ectopic Pregnancy- It's Fatal And It's Not Worth It

The chances of an ectopic pregnancy are relatively rare with IVF. The embryo implants itself in the fallopian tube and not to the uterus. If your home test shows you pregnant, but your ultrasound says otherwise, you get dizzy, faint, feel stabbing pain below your stomach, go to a doctor as quick as you can.

In Vitro Pregnancy Demands Patience and Caution

Sure, the chances of something bad happening after your in vitro fertilization program has ended positively are tiny. But, it is crucial to know what complications might fall in your way through the next nine months. The more aware you are, the better you can defend your body and your baby’s.

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