Kirsty's story

After 5 failed IUI treatments, my husband and I had our first attempt at IVF at our fertility clinic last June.

Our decision on embryo transfer and fetal reduction

Two of our nine embryos were transferred and the blood test in early August got us the result we longed for - we were pregnant.

At our first scan we found out we were expecting triplets and we were thrilled and a little worried, as our consultant the same day said we should consider reducing the pregnancy.

As we already knew someone with triplets (conceived through IVF) and had met a couple of other ladies via the web who were pregnant with triplets, my husband and I decided we didn’t want to reduce.

The consultant at our local hospital also discussed the option with us, but advised us that this could lead to miscarriage. We decided to give our babies a chance.

Our experience of multiple pregnancy

Sadly, we miscarried our first baby on at 14+1wk, 2 weeks after our 12 week scan, which had shown everything looked fine, as it had been at every scan.

We thought this may have been nature making the decision for us and hoped and prayed we would still carry the remaining 2 to term, as further scans showed they seemed to be fine.

"My husband and I have already decided to opt for SET as we would live each day in fear of a miscarriage if we were to have twins or triplets again."

This was not to be the case and I miscarried the second baby at 16wk and the third at 16wk+6. I ended up needing a blood transfusion and an operation to empty my womb as I had an infection, probably caused by losing the first and second baby.

In each case the placenta never came away so I was constantly losing blood clots, which was very worrying.

Our babies are now buried together in an area of great natural beauty and peace.

The future

We are this year hoping to have frozen embryo transfer (FET). To make sure everything looks well to go ahead this cycle, I have booked a scan.

My husband and I have already decided to opt for SET as we would live each day in fear of a miscarriage if we were to have twins or triplets again.

The local consultant does not feel the miscarriages will lead to any problems in a future pregnancy and the consultant at the clinic has given us a higher than normal chance of success, as we’ve already had a proven pregnancy.