Pregnancy In Multiple Twins

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Dr. Divya Kumar

MULTIPLE PREGNANCY

A twin pregnancy is more likely as you age because hormonal changes can lead to the release of more than one egg at a time. The use of assisted reproductive technologies, such as in vitro fertilization, also elevates the chances of twins or other multiples.

If you're seeking specialized care for your twin pregnancy, you may be interested in locating a reputable Twin Pregnancy Clinic near me. These clinics offer targeted treatment and support for multiple pregnancies, including twin pregnancies.

In the context of twin pregnancies, it's important to understand the two primary types: fraternal twins and identical twins. Fraternal twins, which are the most common type, occur when two separate eggs are fertilized by two different sperm. Each twin has their own placenta and amniotic sac. The twins can be of the same gender (two girls, two boys) or a combination of genders (a boy and a girl).

On the other hand, identical twins arise when a single fertilized egg splits and develops into two fetuses. Identical twins may share a placenta and an amniotic sac, or they might share a placenta while having separate amniotic sacs. Genetically, these two babies are identical. They will be of the same gender and share physical traits and characteristics. In rare cases, identical twins fail to completely separate into two individuals, leading to a condition known as conjoined twins.

It's worth noting that multiple pregnancies can extend beyond twins, including triplets and other higher-order multiples. These additional pregnancies can also be identical, fraternal, or a combination of both. If you find yourself in this situation, consider consulting a specialized Twin Pregnancy Clinic for comprehensive and personalized multiple pregnancy treatment in faridabad.

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Diagnosing a twin pregnancy

Most twin or multiple pregnancies are discovered during an ultrasound. During this exam, sound waves are used to create images of your uterus and baby — or babies.

Sometimes a seemingly normal twin pregnancy is later found to have only one baby. This is known as vanishing twin syndrome. Such an episode can be heartbreaking, frustrating and confusing. Often, there's no clear explanation for the loss.

What multiples mean for you

Taking care of yourself is the best way to take care of your babies. If you're carrying multiples, you can expect:

  • More-frequent checkups. You'll see your health care provider often to track your babies' growth and development, monitor your health, and watch for signs of preterm labor. You might need frequent ultrasounds or other tests, especially as your pregnancy progresses.
  • More weight gain. Gaining the right amount of weight can support your babies' health. For twins, the recommendation is typically 37 to 54 pounds (about 17 to 25 kilograms) for women who have a normal weight before pregnancy. This can typically be accomplished by eating an extra 600 calories a day. Work with your health care provider to determine what's right for you.
  • Earlier delivery. If labor doesn't start on its own first, your health care provider might recommend labor induction or a C-section at a certain point in your third trimester to decrease the risk of complications in the third trimester.
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  • Premature birth. The more babies you're carrying, the less likely you are to carry your pregnancy to term. If you have signs of preterm labor, you might be given injections of a steroid medication to speed your babies' lung development. Even then, your baby might experience complications, including breathing and digestive difficulties, vision problems, and infection.
  • Gestational diabetes. If you're carrying multiples, you're at increased risk of gestational diabetes. This condition causes high blood sugar that can affect your pregnancy and your babies' health. An endocrinologist, a registered dietitian or a diabetes educator can help you learn to manage your blood sugar level during your pregnancy.
  • High blood pressure. If you're carrying multiples, you're at increased risk of developing high blood pressure disorders during pregnancy.
  • C-section delivery. For twins, vaginal delivery is often possible if the first baby is in a head-down position. If not, a C-section might be recommended. In some cases, complications after the vaginal delivery of the first twin might require a C-section delivery for the second twin. For higher order multiples, the more common route of delivery is a C-section.
  • Twin-twin transfusion. With identical twins, it's possible for a blood vessel in a shared placenta to result in one baby receiving too much blood and the other too little. This is a serious complication for both babies that might result in heart complications and the need for fetal procedures while you're still pregnant.
Caring for multiples

Healthy multiples have the same needs as other newborns. But you might need more rest and support than you imagined, especially if your babies are born prematurely or need special medical care after birth. You're also at higher risk of postpartum depression. If you experience any symptoms of postpartum depression, talk to your doctor.

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