I’ve always loved a bargain. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is anything but cheap, but I definitely felt I got my money’s worth when I became pregnant with twins on my first attempt.
I hadn’t given much thought to the possibility of multiples because I knew going into it that, at age 41, my chances of conceiving at all with IVF were not great. When the doctor confirmed, after four weeks of ultrasounds, that there were definitely two babies, I was thrilled.
What I didn’t realize at the time, though, was that complications are common not only with triplets or more, but with twins too. Throw in an over-40 mom, and chances are good there will be problems.
I lived up to those odds. Despite a relatively uneventful pregnancy the first six months, at 29 weeks, I was admitted into the hospital with preeclampsia , a condition that can be fatal to the mother and/or babies. The only cure for preeclampsia is delivery.
And that’s what the doctors said I had to do. Right away. So, on a day in early February, on my 42nd birthday, I had my twins. No one in my family forgets our birthday.
Life with tiny, premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit isn’t fun. In fact, for the smaller of my two, who was born at 1 lb. 11 oz., it was a wild ride. They both came through it okay though, and after 11 weeks, they were both home. Today, they are healthy 12-year-old boys.
When I began the IVF process 13 years ago, I’d only recently started using the Internet at work, and never thought to research IVF on the Web. Now, there is a lot of good information available for those considering the pros and cons of IVF: