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multiple pregnancy

[′məl·tə·pəl ′preg·nən·sē]
(medicine)
Being pregnant with more than one fetus.
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Multiple pregnancy is associated with a six-fold increase in the risk of pre-term birth, a leading cause of infant mortality and long-term mental and physical disabilities, including cerebral palsy, learning difficulties and chronic lung disease.
The following outcome measures were compared between groups A and B--(a) Primary outcome measure-clinical pregnancy rate and (b) Secondary outcome measures (1) Pregnancy loss rate, (2) Multiple pregnancy rate, (3) Ovarian hyper-response rate.
obstetrical complications (premature rupture of membranes [PROM], preterm labor, prolonged pregnancy, hypertensive disorders complicating pregnancy [HDCP], multiple pregnancy, intrahepatic cholestasis, placenta previa, placental abruption, etc.
In the last 30 years, the frequency of multiple pregnancy has increased as a result of widespread use of assisted reproduction techniques (ART).
Keywords: Multiple pregnancy, Perinatal mortality, Low birthweight, Preterm births, Stillbirths, Foetal growth restriction, Monochorionic.
Elective single embryo transfer (eSET) has been advocated as the only effective means to avoid multiple pregnancy in IVF cycles, but there is significant concern that it might ultimately reduce the pregnancy rate.
Embryo quality is more important for younger women whereas age is more important for older women with regard to in vitro fertilization outcome and multiple pregnancy.
Multiple pregnancy occurs in about one-fifth of women with unexplained infertility who become pregnant after treatment with follicle-stimulating hormone to induce superovulation, the largest study to look at this outcome found.
Babies are also far more likely to be born a healthy weight if they are the result of a single rather than multiple pregnancy, a review of existing studies found.
Multiple pregnancy, smoking, a mother aged over 35, infection and maternal medical problems are also known to be risk factors.
A summary chapter is included to help readers weigh their options when considering or faced with multiple pregnancy.
Chapters discuss the risks of a multiple pregnancy, how to reduce the risk of complications and carry multiple babies as close to full term as possible, how to cope with breastfeeding challenges, what to do when babies are born prematurely, adjusting to the physical and emotional demands of raising multiple babies, the unique challenge of caring for multiple toddlers, and much more.

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