What is a pregnancy reduction?

OBGYN Anthony Chin, MD, explains what pregnancy reduction is, whom it pregnancy reduction is offered to, and how it helps to protect against pregnancy risks and/or pre-term labor
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What is a pregnancy reduction?

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Today we see a lot more multiple gestation pregnancies. Pregnancy reduction is offered for people who have quadruplets or triplets, in order to reduce the number of fetuses from say, four to three, or three to two. People don't usually reduce twins, from two to one. The reason why pregnancy reduction is offered is because the more fetuses you have, the higher the risk of pregnancy, the higher the risk of pre-term labor and other untoward events. Therefore, in order to decrease the risk of pre-term labor and other high risk things, people will reduce the pregnancy number from four to three or three to two. This is obviously a very ethical question for people. Not everybody decides to reduce, but it is offered for people with multiple gestation.

OBGYN Anthony Chin, MD, explains what pregnancy reduction is, whom it pregnancy reduction is offered to, and how it helps to protect against pregnancy risks and/or pre-term labor

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Anthony Chin, MD

Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Dr. Anthony Chin was born in Hollywood, CA and raised in Santa Monica, CA.  He was educated at UCLA and graduated with a BS in Molecular Biology.  Dr. Chin attended medical school at UCLA and finished his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.  Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and published in peer reviewed journals, Dr. Chin is the  recipient of several research, patient satisfaction and teaching awards, and continues to be involved with the teaching of medical students and resident physicians.  He is happily married and has a three month old daughter named Alaia Rose. 

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