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Sunday, September 2nd 2012, 10:33pm

High risk pregnancy because of IVF?

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Just a quick question. When I went to my first midwife appointment she said that my pregnancy would be classed as high risk because of my previous miscarriages etc. But she also said it would be classed high risk anyway purely because we conceived via IVF.

She said because of this we cannot have a home birth or use a birthing center. We also have to see a specialist throughout the pregnancy.

Is there anyone else that has been told their pregnancy is high risk because of IVF? Do you know why this is? I mean, I know it is a different means of conception but I didn't think it made your pregnancy any different to someone who may have conceived naturally?
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Sunday, September 2nd 2012, 10:38pm

I was always told once the clinic discharge you that it's treated as a normal pregnancy, but my MW insisted I had a consultant because of the ivf, I think they just wanted to keep a closer eye on me!!
But I'm sure it is different in other areas xx
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Sunday, September 2nd 2012, 10:45pm

Hi cheenab

Yeah I have to see the consultant after my 20 week scan aswell as see my gp and midwife. Although I am not complaining at getting monitored closely, I just don't see how a pregnancy is any different if it was IVF, Clomid, IUI, the old fashioned way etc.....maybe just for reassurance?

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Monday, September 3rd 2012, 12:04am

Yeah think it's just for a bit of added reassurance!!!
The consultant basically just does what the MW does!! Checks bp, urine, baby's heartbeat etc!! And mine got me a couple of extra scans aswell :thumbsup:
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Monday, September 3rd 2012, 1:31am

I was always told I was high risk because I'd had IVF, was consultant lead, had more scans, more MW appt, wasnt allowed a waterbirth and induced on EDD. Told that the pregnancy is essentially the same, though ivf babies tend to be bigger, but that we had tried that much harder to pregnant so needed to be kept a closer eye on xx



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Monday, September 3rd 2012, 7:33am

Hi,

I had IVF pfregnancy but never told the midwife as was scared of being classed high risk. I only saw the consultant once and had a great birth experience in the pool.

I don't see why you should be seen as high risk purely because of IVF? It is good to keep an eye on you on the way but not to allow birthing centre??? I gave birth in the hospital on the midwife wing which was 30 seconds away from the consultant wing in case anything might happen. Do you think you could have this option? It is still nice and just as safe. Maybe you can ask your consultant near the end when all is well. Did you have early or late miscarriages if you don't mind me asking?

I also heard it is different everywhere depending on the actual place and in theory you should be classed as normal pregnancy unless something else comes up. The miscarriages are a good enough reason though to take care but IVF alone is not.

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Monday, September 3rd 2012, 7:38am

I was consultant led until my 20 week scan as well. At 20 weeks I saw a different consultant who was amazed I was seeing him and put me back to MW care. After I gave birth (in a mw unit in a water bath) I was told that IVF pregnancies have a higher risk of blood clots. I don't know if the MW was saying that from fact or because I had a large blood clot though!

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Monday, September 3rd 2012, 8:35am

Ladies this information is really helpful thank you...I am glad it's not just me.

My miscarriages were very early so I would have thought I'd be out of the woods now, but I appreciate the extra monitoring of course.

My MW said I cannot use a birthing centre as it is in a small village miles from the hospital. She said If anything were to go wrong I would have to go by ambulance to the main hopital. But that to me sounds dangerous for any women....I mean even a low risk pregnancy can change?

I think they still do water births at the hospital though....you know what I haven't asked.

So maybe then, when I see the consultatn at 20 weeks he/she will say the pregnancy is now low risk or lower?
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Monday, September 3rd 2012, 9:21am

Lil Miss Bossy- It is the same for me i was classed as high risk purely due to my history and ivf treatment so i am consultant led and not midwife led with more scans but i still go to my community midwife . i have to have a hospital birth also i reallly think its more of a precaution rather than anything else due to all the previous problems. We are just very special ladies xxx

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Monday, September 3rd 2012, 9:33am

ahhh so looks like it is the same pretty much everywhere then...I think I was just worried that there were possible serious complications they weren't telling me about
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Monday, September 3rd 2012, 9:54am

A water birth at the hospital sounds like a good compromise I can't see why that would not be allowed. Having said that most women do not have the birth they envisaged (pool might be occupied etc.) I only wanted to have a healthy baby and got just that which made me so happy :-) Don't expect too much and than it will be a good experience. After all the labour only takes that long and than you have you lovely child for years and years. xx

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Monday, September 3rd 2012, 10:04am

When I was pregnant with kj it was a high risk pregnancy. They said its because they don't take chances with ivf babies and they can be bigger. I was induced at 38 weeks because of this.

With Cobi it was treated as a normal pregnancy and not high risk.

Now if I knew what I knew now after having Cobi I wouldn't have let them induce me till my due date. Kj came out 7lbs 2ozs so was definitely not a big baby.

Remember this is your baby and if you want to do something or something they are saying you are not happy with please speak out. I did with Cobi and said I was happy for it to be a normal pregnancy and to go into labour naturally. I so wish I had done that with kaynan.

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Monday, September 3rd 2012, 10:12am

Sorry forgot to add that my daughter also was exactly average weight and my SIL's babies (she didn't have IVF) were both big so as Gemma says it does not depend on IVF why would it? Just conception is a bit different.

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Monday, September 3rd 2012, 11:23am

I've also been classed as high risk purely due to the ivf. Disappointed that I cannot use the birthing centre but also glad of a bit of extra monitoring!
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Monday, September 3rd 2012, 11:26am

haha It's a catch 22...I would have liked the option of a birthing centre or home birth but want the monitoring too. Actually...home birth means ZERO pain relief...scratch that then!
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Monday, September 3rd 2012, 2:12pm

Lil miss bossy- my sentiments exactly birthing centres is gas and air only no pain relief , thank god for hospitals and drugs lmao

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Monday, September 3rd 2012, 6:03pm

Hello lilmissbossy,


I've just had my first MW app today & was told due to IVF I'm classed as high risk & will have a consultant throughout my pregnancy. I asked why & was told that it is still unclear if the drugs during IVF can cause any problems during pregnancy & therefore it's a precaution. I really don't mind having extra scans/app as I think after what we've gone through to get our BFP it's nice to have a little extra attention to keep our beans safe smile2


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Monday, September 3rd 2012, 6:48pm

I agree the monitoring is nice and reassuring, I think when I was initially told "high risk" it raised my concerns...as though they expect something to go wrong. But it looks lie its the same throughout the NHS :) Extra scans are a bonus
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Monday, September 3rd 2012, 8:39pm

Oh, this does make me cross reading this! My MW put me under a consultant's care (which was nice as it was my private consultant so I knew him well) but she never said I was 'high risk'. I think it's just standard procedure with IVF pregnancies but it sounds to me like some MWs enjoying bigging it up and putting the fear into you. I sailed through my pregnancy, Freya arrived on her EDD (yes rare I know) and was a mere six pounds in weight - a real giant :snigger:

I would have fought very hard against being induced early and as it turned out I did my whole labour at home and gave birth 30 mins after arriving at hospital with no pain relief (there wasn't time).

I do really think that pregnancy seems to have become very medicalised (is that a word) these days, I know it's necessary for some ladies but they seem very keen to interfere at the earliest point possible and at the end of the day, regardless of how you got there, it's a natural process and your own body is perfectly capable of dealing with it! That's my humble opinion anyway.......................................






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Monday, September 3rd 2012, 8:58pm

I'm hoping to have a home birth and I was quite surprised to read that IVF meant I couldn't (need to get pregnant first obviously!).
So I did a bit of research today and found this website which is really informative about home birth. I know this thread isn't exclusively about that, but it seemed like a great website to share.
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No mention of IVF being a risk factor as far as I can see.
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Monday, September 3rd 2012, 10:14pm

Gracie...thanks for sharing, I agree that women have been having babies for a very long time and our bodies know what to do. I think there are just so many people that sue etc these days maybe they are extra cautious? Like one of the ladies said, they don't know yet what effect IVF drugs can have on pregnancy...but from what I know of...there aren't any.

Rosa...I have to admit I wouldn't have a home birth (for a start my house is tiny and my walls are paper thin...I would pity my neighbors he he) but I am sure there are others on here that would like that choice.

Once again thanks for all the posts...it's really interesting to hear everyones opinion and also hear what they have been told by their MW's
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I wanted a home birth. Our Bells had a home birth. In fact if you do a search it should come up!!






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Tuesday, September 4th 2012, 6:32pm

Actually...home birth means ZERO pain relief...scratch that then!


Nooooo! You can have gas and pethadine at home!!

I did have an actual 'high risk' pregnancy as I had a low lying placenta which almost meant a caesarean section. With a bit of logic and straight talking I was supported in my informed choice to deliver at home (with gas and air, the pethadine stayed in the bag ;) )

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Tuesday, September 4th 2012, 7:07pm

wow! You are so brave to have a home birth! I think one of the other ladies is right....labour and delivery is so medicalised that I guess it is drilled into you that babies are born in hospitals. Women were having babies long before hospitals were invented he he

I think with this being our first I am totally "rabbit in the headlights" so I want the reassurance of the hospital, but depending on how this delivery goes, I think I would consider a birthing center next time.
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Tuesday, September 4th 2012, 7:46pm

I have been lucky enough to have 2 pregnancies, 1 through IVF and a natural miracle! The care I received for both was exactly the same, no extra checks or scans. DS (IVF baby) arrived on EDD at MLU and was very straight forward, DD arrived 10 days early after a similar but quicker labour. At no point was I asked about IVF it's only because I told them, it wasnt a question asked on any of the forms. It really must vary by area.


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Tuesday, September 4th 2012, 8:22pm

Thats really interesting..it must be different in my area as even when I have bloods done it has a check box saying "ivf pregnancy" and in my maternity notes there is a bit about IVF there too.....

Thanks for sharing, different PCT's must be different :)
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Wednesday, September 5th 2012, 9:44am

I wouldn't have braved a home birth first time around either but I am hoping for one this time and I am being well supported with my choice so I think I am lucky to be in a good area.

Funnily enough, I am under a consultant again because I am measuring a bit small but everything is fine and even she was very supportive of my choice when she scanned me last week.

I guess what I am trying to say is whilst you have to take on board the advice of the medical professionals don't let them bully you into things you don't what just because of something that's written on a chart/study somewhere. We are all different and all free to make our own choices.






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Wednesday, September 5th 2012, 12:46pm

Hey Gracie

Thanks for the advice, I must say I feel really reassured now that i don't have anything to worry about. Well done you having a home birth, it's great that you are being supported also. My midwife is lovely....I really like her but I don't feel close to her like I feel I should...but then aagin I have only met her twice.
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