Complications and Risks of Twin Pregnancy

Complications and Risks of Twin Pregnancy

Being pregnant with twins is a pretty common occurrence when you are getting pregnant using fertility drugs or IVF treatments. Most mommies to be consider twins to be a double blessing, especially when they have struggled for so long to have a baby at all. However, being pregnant with twins does pose some additional health risks for both mom and babies, so it is important to be aware of them so that you can try your best to avoid them. Today we are going to cover some of the most common twin pregnancy risks. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Preterm labor or premature birth

As a general rule, the more babies you are carrying, the less likely it is that you will be able to carry your pregnancy to term. It is actually pretty rare that twins stay in the womb until 40 weeks gestation. Almost all sets of twins are delivered before 40 weeks. It is usually not that big of a deal, since we have so much in the way of technology these days that can help to keep even the most premature babies alive and even help them thrive. Even still, premature birth and preterm labor remains to be one of the biggest risks associated with twin and multiple pregnancies. Most moms having twins deliver around 36 or 37 weeks.

Gestational diabetes/hypertension

The chance of moms developing gestational diabetes and gestational hypertension (high blood pressure) are greater with twin pregnancies. This can cause a mom to have bigger babies than usual and be forced to have a c-section birth because of the larger babies. It may also mean more trips to the doctor and being more closely monitored than other pregnancies. You should also keep in mind that those women who are pregnant with twins often gain more weight than women pregnant with singles. This can lead to a higher chance of developing diabetes or high blood pressure later in life.

Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a very serious condition that is not just seen in twin pregnancies. However it is more common in twin pregnancies. Preeclampsia, if ignored, can turn into eclampsia, which can be fatal. Preeclampsia symptoms include swelling of the legs, feet and hands, high blood pressure and protein in the urine. There is no cure for preeclampsia, only the delivery of the baby will get everything back to normal and eliminate the risk to the mother.

Twin to twin transfusion

This condition is pretty rare, but it does happen in some pregnancies. In pregnancies with identical twins, it is possible for blood vessels in the placenta to become crossed or connected. If this happens, the babies’ circulatory systems can be connected and the babies will not receive an equal amount of blood. One twin will receive too much blood and the other won’t receive enough blood. The only treatment used to be delivering the babies as soon as they were expected to be strong enough to survive. However, recent technological advances have been made with this condition, and now sometimes doctors are able to correct this condition while the babies are still in the womb using lasers.

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Alyssia Granger
Alyssia Granger | ConceiveEasy
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.