The percentage of twin births in the U.S. has nearly doubled over the past four decades. Now experts are calling for increased measures to reduce multiple births because of the health risks.
Fertility Care Dr. Mark Trolice explained what some of those risks are and why we are seeing such an upswing in multiple births. He said patients who struggle with infertility want to start a family, so instead of going through multiple fertility treatments they are open to having twins or even triplets. But more than one baby per pregnancy can result in pre-term labor, infant mortality, high blood pressure or diabetes for the mother and all the complications that go along with Caesarean section.
Dr. Trolice said a big part of the problem is the high cost of in vitro fertilization and increasing insurance struggles. Couples do not want to pay for multiple treatments, so they take more than one embryo hoping for multiple children.
He said couples need to be aware of the complications that go along with multiple births.