Pregnant with Twins: Potential Risks

Pregnant with Twins: Potential Risks

Being pregnant with twins can be a double blessing, a really exciting and incomparable experience. However, it can also push a pregnancy into the “high risk” zone, and twin pregnancy comes with a few risks that women should be aware of. Read on to find out more about those risks. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Preterm Labor/Premature Birth

This is probably the biggest risk that is associated with a twin pregnancy. Twin mommies are around twice as likely to experience preterm labor as mommies of singletons. Premature labor can often lead to premature birth, and many twins are born prematurely.

It is important that women know the signs of premature labor, so that it can be controlled or stopped if possible. Premature birth can mean a plethora of health problems for twin babies, so it is important to try to avoid it if at all possible.

Twin To Twin Transfusion Syndrome

Twin To Twin Transfusion Syndrome, or TTTS, is a potentially dangerous condition that sometimes affects twins. It occurs when blood vessels inside the placenta become crossed, and there is essentially an unequal flow of blood between the babies, leaving one as the donor and one as the recipient.

It can be a dangerous condition for both of the babies, but luckily, doctors are able to monitor babies for this condition. Now, doctors are even able to correct the problem in utero using lasers. TTTS is not dangerous for the mother.

Gestational Diabetes

Nobody really knows why, but being pregnant with twins makes you twice as likely to suffer from gestational diabetes then moms who are pregnant with only one baby. Most experts agree that this is most likely because the increase of hormones involved in a twin pregnancy interferes with the body’s ability to process insulin.

Some pregnant women are able to control their gestational diabetes, but others need to take insulin during their pregnancy. However, gestational diabetes is not dangerous to an unborn baby, so that is a positive.

Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a condition that is marked by high blood pressure and protein in the urine. It is very common in pregnant women, and even more common in women who are pregnant with twins. It affects one in three moms of multiples during their pregnancies. Usually, preeclampsia is closely monitored and sometimes treated with bed rest or medications. After the baby is delivered, the preeclampsia goes away, so sometimes, early delivery is the only option for treating preeclampsia.

Placental Abruption

Placental Abruption occurs when the placenta detaches from the uterine wall before delivery. It can be a potentially dangerous complication, and occurs more often in multiple pregnancies. It can happen anytime in the second half of pregnancy, and can cause growth problems, preterm delivery, or stillbirth. If a placental abruption occurs during a multiple delivery, the other babies might have to be delivered by cesarean section.

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Alyssia Granger
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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.