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What has a more of a chance to lose all or more babies in triplets selective reduction or natural miscarriage of one triplet?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Miscarriage unreliab: You can't rely on a natural miscarriage so if the plan is to have twins then reduction is the only way to go. That said, it is not without risk.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
The same risk.: When one triplet dies, the risk to the survivors depends on whether they shared a placenta or not. If each triplet has each own placenta, the risk of further losses and complications is the lowest. If they share a placenta the complications and risk of further losses is quite high. Your maternal-fetal medicine consultant should discuss the option of selective reduction in detail. Good luck!

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Last updated Mar 17, 2017

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