What is multifetal pregnancy reduction?

Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction
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Multifetal pregnancy reduction

Multifetal pregnancy reduction (MFPR) is a procedure to reduce the number of fetuses in a multiple pregnancy, usually to two. Pregnancy with triplets or more increases the fetuses' risk of disability or death. MFPR may help the remaining fetuses survive and help the mother have a healthy pregnancy.

MFPR is usually done early in a pregnancy. The doctor injects the selected fetus with a solution that stops its heart. The fetus is usually absorbed by the mother's body.

MFPR sometimes leads to miscarriage of the remaining fetuses.

Multiple pregnancy: What do you need to know about multifetal pregnancy reduction?

Being pregnant with triplets or more increases the fetuses' risk of disability or death. And the risk rises with each extra baby you carry. If you are carrying triplets or more, your doctor may offer multifetal pregnancy reduction (MFPR). This procedure reduces the number of fetuses, usually to two. This may help the remaining fetuses survive. And it may help you have a healthy pregnancy.

MFPR is usually done early in a pregnancy. It may be done after genetic testing to find out if the fetuses have any problems.

The decision to have this procedure can be a hard one to make. MFPR sometimes leads to infection or miscarriage of the remaining fetuses. Your doctor can help you weigh the risks of carrying multiple fetuses against the risks of having the procedure. You may want to discuss this decision with your family and a counselor or spiritual advisor.

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