Taking Baby Steps: Saying Goodbye to Your Infertility Team and Hello to Your Obstetrician
Posted on August 18, 2011
Current statistics show that around 60,000 babies are born as a result of assisted reproductive technology every year in the United States alone. We know that most of Path2Parenthood's readership is comprised of the men and women who are currently knee deep in their infertility treatment, and so hope that every one of you reading this blog will make it to that place. The info here is about transitioning from your IVF team to your obstetrician after pregnancy is acheived We hope it will come in handy for you soon.
Transitions Can Be Difficult
It is not always easy to make the transition from your IVF Center to an Obstetrician/Gynecologist (Ob/Gyn). You may have gotten used to weekly visits with your Reproductive Endocrinologist, a physician you have known for a long time and trust. Now that you are pregnant, you have probably been seeing your RE for weekly ultrasound scans and of course, that constant TLC has been very reassuring for you. But rest assured! Now that you are ready to move on, those weekly ultrasounds are simply no longer necessary.
When a patient has conceived through IVF, early diagnosis and the appropriate assessment and management of the pregnancy are very important. This helps your doctor to identify any potential difficulties that may arise, such as multiple gestation (twins or greater), an ectopic pregnancy, or unfortunately, pregnancy loss. However, as time goes on and your pregnancy becomes more advanced, these frequent monitoring visits are no longer needed. This is good news! It means your pregnancy is proceeding as it should.
You will most likely be discharged from your IVF center to the care of an Ob/Gyn at around 7-9 weeks gestation, At that time, your pregnancy’s risk level is almost equivalent to that of a woman who has conceived without any medical support. While all pregnancies that result through IVF are considered to be high risk, It may be comforting to know that this is not a result of the procedure itself. Your pregnancy may be classified as high risk due to advanced maternal age, multiple gestation or other factors such as a chronic condition that you may have, such as diabetes, obesity or high blood pressure.
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