No pregnancy is entirely free of risks. But carrying twins can put you and your babies at increased risk for certain pregnancy-related complications, including premature birth and diabetes.
What can go wrong when having twins?
If you’re pregnant with more than 1 baby, you’re at higher risk of pregnancy complications, such as anaemia, pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes. Make sure you go to all your antenatal appointments so any problems can be picked up early and treated if necessary.
Which is the biggest risk in twin pregnancy?
Preterm labor and birth
Over 60 percent of twins and nearly all higher-order multiples are premature (born before 37 weeks). The higher the number of fetuses in the pregnancy, the greater the risk for early birth.
Are twins considered a high risk pregnancy?
While the great majority of multiple pregnancies result in healthy babies, any pregnancy with twins or more is considered high risk. The more babies you’re carrying, the higher your risk of complications.
Are birth defects more common in twins?
Babies from twin pregnancies are more likely to suffer from birth-related complications than those from singleton pregnancies. Fraternal and identical twins can be affected by pregnancy complications, and subsequent birth defects.
Do twins have emotional problems?
Parents’ reported proportions of probable behavioural/emotional disorders did not differ between the twin and singleton girls, but among the twin boys there was a nonsignificant trend of being more often probably disturbed. Twins were reported to be less disturbed than singletons according to the teachers’ assessments.
How often do both twins survive?
If TTTS is not detected and treated, it is likely to result in the loss of both babies. In TRAP sequence, one twin will not survive because it does not have a developed heart and brain structure. The survival rate for the healthy twin is 25 to 50 percent when TRAP sequence is not detected and treated.
How do you know if you miscarried a twin?
If an early ultrasound shows a twin pregnancy, but a mother experiences symptoms of miscarriage or lower-than-expected hCG levels, or only one heartbeat can be detected via Doppler, a doctor may suspect vanishing twin syndrome. A follow-up ultrasound can determine if one twin has been lost.
How do I take care of my twin pregnancy?
Having a healthy lifestyle and diet during pregnancy is important. Eat well, take gentle exercise, drink lots of fluid and, if you feel stressed, ask for support from friends and family, or talk to your midwife or doctor. Some people think that if you are pregnant with twins, you need a lot of extra food.
How common is miscarriage with twins?
The overall incidence of spontaneous abortion in twin pregnancies was 17.1% (12.1% vanishing twins and 5.0% complete miscarriages). The incidence of miscarriage in the twin pregnancies, expressed per gestational sac, was 11.1%.
What week are most twins born?
We’ve got the answers to all of your questions about delivering twins, triplets, or more. If you’re carrying more than one baby, chances are good you’ll deliver early. Twins are usually born around 36 weeks — four weeks early. Triplets arrive at about 33 weeks, and quads often make their debut at 31 weeks.
Is carrying twins harder than one?
Rob Atlas, M.D., an ob-gyn at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, calls twin pregnancies “double trouble.” Moms carrying twins are at higher risk for premature birth, high blood pressure, and—especially in the case of identical twins—fetal abnormalities.