IVF techniques 'can create complications during labour'

6 June 2012

People who take advantage of IVF techniques during their pregnancy are at a higher risk of going through complications during labour.

This is the key finding of a new report which has been released by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which analysed this technology.

According to the research, women who opted for IVF techniques were at increased risk of premature births, low birth weight and congenital abnormalities.

The report was not all negative though, with the majority of IVF children being as healthy as those born without the assistance of the technique.

Professor Jenny Kurinczuk, director of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford, therefore noted: "The poor birth outcomes and complications may be a combination of treatment and underlying features of the couple such as older maternal age.

"However, treatment strategies can be altered to improve outcomes such as the adoption of elective single embryo transfer."

When it comes to staying healthy during pregnancy, a recent study from Queen Mary, University of London, urged new mothers to forget the notion of 'eating for two' while carrying their unborn baby.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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