Antenatal care is all about monitoring the health of mother and baby so that any problems with the pregnancy are detected early and managed effectively. Women who conceive with the help of IVF often have more antenatal visits than women who conceive spontaneously. Partly this is because IVF mums are older and therefore are more likely to have pregnancy complications (see Chapter 10), to carry twins and to be first-time mums.
But I think a few extra visits are often scheduled in for 'peace of mind' — the doctor's and yours!
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