Are Babies Conceived Using Assisted Reproduction Healthy?

Are Babies Conceived Using Assisted Reproduction Healthy?

Test Tube Baby

It’s been over thirty years since the first “test tube baby” was born, way back in 1978. Since then, over three million babies have been born via assisted reproductive techniques. Now, experts and other professionals in the field are telling us what we have already known for a long time!  Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Researcher Andre Van Steirteghem of the Brussels Free University Center for Reproductive Medicine in Belgium, says: “the majority of children conceived by ART grow up to be completely healthy and normal.” He went on to say: “It is a reassuring message, but we must continue to follow up.” Of course, the news was not all positive.

The Down Side

There were a few downsides to the research that were noted however. Babies born via ART are sometimes at a higher risk of neural birth defects, and at risk of being low birth weight.

Babies that have a low weight at birth possibly have problems later on in life with hypertension, diabetes and obesity, among other problems. Researchers also noticed a five to ten percent difference in chromosome activity levels between babies conceived with ART and babies conceived naturally.

As a whole, these issues are very small, and most babies born via ART are perfectly healthy. One of the main things doctors were concerned about are the instances of multiple births with ART, since they sometimes result in preterm labor and low birth weight.

Age An Issue?

One of the biggest unknowns in the research is whether the small issues that affect babies born via ART is whether those issues are caused because of the ART, or other factors. One of the other factors that might possibly cause these issues is age.

Mothers who turn to ART are often older than other mothers, and sometimes this can cause some difficulty too! Also, couples who turn to ART often have underlying fertility issues, and it is hard to determine what the true cause of these issues are.

Bottom Line

The bottom line is that assisted reproductive techniques are proven to be very safe. Couples who are considering using these methods to get pregnant should not be worried or fearful that their babies will have health problems stemming from the way they were conceived.

However, we should keep in mind that the oldest of the “test tube” babies are only around thirty years old, so we don’t know how they will be affected later in life. Of course, more research will continue to be done and we will continue to monitor and keep up to date with the latest information, which we will of course, pass on to you!

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Lindsey Zaldivar
Lindsey Zaldivar | ConceiveEasy
Lindsey lives in Roselle, Illinois with her husband and son Harry. In between keeping up with a busy toddler, she enjoys blogging about parenting, cooking, crafting at The Accidental Wallflower.