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    We transferred 2 on our first try and were lucky enough to get pregnant with twins. I knew there were increased risks but in hindsight probably went in blindly ignoring them because the desire to have a baby was stronger.
    I was lucky enough to have a relatively straight forward pregnancy. I did have a very short cervix from 30 weeks onwards and ended up going into spontaneous labour at 34.2 weeks and delivering them naturally. I had steriods to increase their lung development prior to labor which meant they never had to go on air. However they did still spend 18 days in special care to fatten up before i could bring them home.
    I struggled with not being able to hold them/ breastfeed them when i wanted, particularly as i really wanted to build a special bond with them given they are donor egg babies. Because of those restrictions i had a lot of trouble with my milk supply and had to mix feed for 4 months before moving completely to formula.
    Overall, i had a lucky straight forward twin pregnancy and birth. Would I in hindsight change my mind on transfering the 2 and having twins? No way. Will i transfer 2 again in the future? It won't be my first preference but potentially.

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    Hi TJ1. We transferred 2 and we are currently 10w pregnant with 1. We saw the obst at 8w and was given a stern lecture to never transfer 2 again... my cervix measured 2.6cm at my 7w scan which is short (was always 3-3.5 during Ivf cycles) and apparently this is more of an issue in twin pregnancies. It's a tough decision because transferring 2 doesn't always mean twin pregnancy but does slightly increase pregnancy chance and saves $ in returning to CT. To be honest I don't think there is a right or wrong decision... Go with your 'gut' and good luck

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    The issue of whether to transfer 1 or 2 ! arghhhhh....... During my OE cycles I swapped between 1 and 2 transfers but didn't get anywhere with either. I was worried about a healthy pregnancy and healthy bubs at the end, as I was in my 40's. When I started DE cycles I got some proper medical advice about the risks and the result was that I transferred 2 in my successful cycles. My Reproductive Immunologist actually told me to transfer 3 if CT would do it ! (I nearly fell over and knew I would never transfer 3 !) .

    Anyway, my last successful cycle was a double transfer and I now have twins. I was 46 when I became pregnant so there are lots of risks with any pregnancy at that age, let alone a twin one so I specifically sought out a high risk specialist OB. He simply did a few more monitoring tests and I had more frequent appts with him as a result The pregnancy was fine 'except' that I had high blood pressure from early on so was on meds and then towards the end I had Gestational Diabetes (controlled with diet) and delivery was at 35w because I had pre-eclampsia. I was told those issues were because of my age 'plus you are having twins'.

    I had a C Section and it was quite frankly, easy (I know it isn't for everyone) and I had an easy recovery and no issues post birth for me or twins (they were in SCN for 3 weeks simply because they were early). Delivery was the thing I was most worried about and it turned out to be a breeze.

    I suppose what I am saying is do your research and then if you have a wonderful twin BFP then you can mitigate risks by finding a specialist OB, controlling your weight increase and looking after yourself. But you also need to know that twins are hard work. They are joyous but it is hard to decide which screaming newborn to try to deal with when they are both screaming as if they are being murdered, or who to run after in a playground when one is climbing a high slide and the other running towards the open gate at exactly the same time. Would I do a double transfer again - you bet; no hesitation.

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    It certainly is on everyone's mind when getting close to transfer. I suppose I would be asking myself the following question?
    1. Do you have any issues such as short or incompetent cervix. If so., go the single.
    2. How many embryos do you have to freeze as back up. For my first DE cycle.. only had 1 as back up so chose single transfer for first 2 transfers to give myself essentially 2 shots.
    3. How easily do you get pregnant? If the old dodgy egg issue was removed.. Does it happen reasonably easy? I had great lining and fell pregnant 3 times out of 4 cycles using younger or donor eggs so I knew my chances were reasonably high. May not be the case for everyone so for me I only transferred 1 at a time.
    4. How many children do you have? Do you want this to be your one and only or last child? Do you have a set number of children you would like to have?
    5. How do you think you will cope with multiples vs 2 x single pregnancies.
    6. Do you want to get this ivf and pregnancy thing over and done with asap for what ever reason? Eg .. You are sick to death of fertility treatment.. your age.. Length of career breaks.. Shorter childcare issues because you will have littles for longer if you have babies spaced out vs twinnies ?
    7. Do you have enough support to care for multiples in the early days. I am a single with a very demanding toddler so would have been difficult to manage for me.
    8. Have you considered the extra financial cost of multiples both in the short and long term. Need to buy 2 of everything.. As opposed to handing them down plus schooling costs of an extra child.
    9. Health. Pregnancy gets hard during the third trimester.. And I can imagine, would be even worst carrying all that weight around as time goes by. Do you have more or enough sick leave from work as you may need more for multiples as pregnancy is generally more high risk.

    Hope this helps.

    I am 41 and currently 29 weeks pregnant with my second child.. First DE bub conceived on my third trip to Cape Town ( single embie transfer) after bfn, Bfp and mc.

    Good luck!

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    Hi there,
    I have always transferred what was in the tube so:
    Fresh cycle: transferred 2, singleton pregnancy, miscarriage
    Frozen #1: transferred 2, BFN
    Frozen #2: transferred 3, BFN
    Frozen #3: transferred 2, my awesome Naomi Rose born May 15, 2017.
    I was hoping for twins, but am very grateful for my one (and after a difficult third trimester - only).

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    Default Please welcome Naomi Rose

    I haven't yet mastered the mobile app so no picture, but I wanted to let you all know that on May 15 I gave birth to Naomi Rose. As she was breech, I had a c-section. We are both doing well. She is a great eater and sleeper, which I am very relieved about.
    For those of you thinking or trying, keep at it. It has been a six year process for me. Her smile has made it all worthwhile.

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    Big congratulations @Canuck1

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    Congratulation on the safe arrival of Naomi Rose!

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    That is fantastic news @Canuck1 - congratulations on the safe arival of Naomi. I couldn't agree more with you that when you see these little people, it just makes all the heartache and stress of what happened along the journey just melt away.

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    I'd do 2 if of average quality and one of 4AA and above...

    turns out I was wise to only transfer 1 with this pregnancy as I have a short cervix which has gotten down to 2.1 cms and I'm being monitored fortnightly...twins would have been too much for my body I reckon.
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