IVI Middle East shares more information on study suggesting underweight baby boys face higher risk of infertility later in life
Region’s premier fertility clinic underscores significance of antenatal care
Pregnant mothers need to take extra care to ensure their health and that of their babies. This has become even more critical after a study has suggested that the risk of infertility for male adults who were born small for their gestational age is higher compared to those who were born at an average weight.
Small for gestational age, as defined by Stanford Children’s Health, is a term used to refer to a foetus with birth weight that is below the 10th percentile, which means smaller than expected for the number of weeks of pregnancy. This condition causes several health issues to the child, and as the latest study proposes, one of these complications is infertility later in life for baby boys.
Dr Laura Melado, IVF Specialist, IVI Middle East Fertility Clinic, said: “This finding is significant at so many levels, especially when addressing male infertility cases. Infertility is affecting so many men worldwide today. During the assessment stage, fertility experts investigate a myriad of causes to the problem before coming up with treatment approaches that best suit the patient’s condition. The study tells us that we can even go back to his early years, including birth, to better understand the case. It can vastly improve treatment protocols and outcomes.”
Healthline.com explained that a baby gains the most weight and normally grows an average of six more inches during the third trimester. The problem arises if a fetus is not able to receive the needed support such as nutrients and oxygen for normal growth and development as per Stanford Children’s Health. A mother’s pre-existing health problems and unhealthy lifestyle also play a big factor.
“This is one of the reasons antenatal care is highly crucial. Doctors can monitor the health of both the mother and child throughout her pregnancy, allowing specialists to monitor and timely address health issues that may arise along the way. Also, at this stage, doctors advise mothers to adopt healthy lifestyles to support the development of their offspring,” Dr Laura said.
IVI Middle East manages state-of-the-art clinics in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE and Muscat in Oman. IVI Middle East offers highly personalised and cost-effective treatments for both male and female infertility conditions, backed by the most advanced technologies in the field. It boasts of a success rate of over 70 percent – the highest in the region. The institution also has a state-of-the-art Fetal Medicine clinic led by Dr Desislava Markova who manages high and low risk pregnancies and ensures that they complete their term and result in a healthy baby. This extended service of Fetal Medicine acts as a major support for women who have resulted in successful IVF pregnancies either at IVI Fertility or any other fertility clinic.