Do you see many pregnancies as a result of IVF or ICSI?
Since the 1st successful IVF baby in 1978, more than 5 million children have been born as a result of assisted reproductive technology (ART). Nowadays, ART usually refers to in vitro fertilisation only (IVF) or IVF with intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). In developed nations, between 2% and 4% of all children are born following fertility treatment.
I conceived with IVF – am I at increased risk during my pregnancy?
Although most pregnancies following ART will be uncomplicated, the rate of obstetric complications is increased compared to spontaneous conceptions. Women who conceive following IVF/ICSI are more likely to have gestational diabetes and premature delivery and more likely to need caesarean section. High blood pressure and severe pre-eclampsia are also more common. There is also an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy and a higher rate of twin pregnancy.
What additional treatment do you recommend in this pregnancy?
An early pregnancy ultrasound at 7-8 weeks is recommended to confirm that the pregnancy has implanted in the uterus. If women have additional risk factors for pre-eclampsia, low-dose aspirin therapy can be considered at this stage. We also offer the full range of options for prenatal screening and diagnosis. Care should focus on watching for pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction, with regular blood pressure monitoring and ultrasound scans for fetal wellbeing. Your SHORE FOR WOMEN maternal-fetal medicine specialist can discuss your individual antenatal care plan with you.