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Being A Twin Pregnancy And Reproduction
Under natural conditions, your chance of having a pregnancy with more than one baby is relatively low (approximately a 1.5% chance). However, the number of multiple births has increased dramatically over the past 15 years. There are two specific reasons contributing to this increase. The first one is the use of fertility drugs and in-vitro fertilization. The second is the increase of pregnancies in older moms, who have an increased likelihood ...Read more
Maybe: Your doctor will discuss your particular case and explain all options and risk factors. ...Read more
Yes.: If I understand you correctly, you are pregnant within 6 months of delivering via cesarean section and were just diagnosed with twins? If that is the case, you have a very high-risk pregnancy for preterm birth, uterine rupture, anemia, fetal growth abnormalities, hypertension, diabetes, previa/accreta. Please see a maternal-fetal medicine specialist asap to explore all reproductive options! ...Read more
Give them some time: They may lighten up with time, and you can decide whether you still want to do something about them later. Try cocoa butter to help keep the skin elastic. Avoid sun damage. Sometimes, retinoids (creams often used for acne) can help, and pulse-light or laser can as well. ...Read more
2 babies 2 sacs DZ: Twin pregnancies that end without complications and with successful vaginal delivery of both babies at term are rare. Women with multiple gestations are at higher risk for cesarean birth, premature delivery, preterm labor, preeclampsia, diabetes. The best way is to look at the pregnancy one week at a time, to be happy having no problems and getting to go home each visit and to accept what comes. ...Read more
Depends: The recommended weight gain for pregnancy will vary depending on your prepregnancy weight. The general range is 25 to 35 pounds. For underweight women add 10 to 15 pounds and for overweight women subtract 10 to 15 pounds. The expected weight gain for a twin pregnancy will be 10 to 15 pounds greater across the ranges noted. ...Read more
Problematic: The laboratory may not have known that this was a twin pregnancy. Ask to see the laboratory report, with regard the accuracy of the risk calculations in a twin pregnancy. ...Read more
Good change: An increase of more than 66% in 48 hrs is very reassuring. Beyond that no conclusions can be made. ...Read more
Does having a twin pregnancy allow you to find out the gender before week 20? So many things seem to be so different when there's two involved.
20week TWIN pregnant Is it a good time to get "cervical cerclage" done to save my TWIN pregnancy? How safe it is and what is the success rate?
Need more info: There is no need to get a cerclage just because you have a twin pregnancy. It is recommended only if there's risk of preterm labor. There are, of course, risks to this procedure - including infection, bleeding, premature rupture of membranes, preterm labor, etc. The success rate ranges from 80-90% if done electively (not emergency). You should discuss further with your OB. Best wishes. ...Read more
Definitely okay: So long as your doctor has not told you that there is a reason you should not be walking or exercising in pregnancy, walking is great. Even 60 min a day. Exercise in pregnancy actually decreases your risks in pregnancy, so that's great you're committed to a healthy pregnancy. If you were to bleed/spot or start cramping, let your doctor know, asap. Good luck and have a great twin pregnancy! ...Read more
Hello doctor, twin pregnancy is their any difference between dichronic and monochronic diaminotic twins?
Twins: Dichorionic/Diamniotic twins have 2 separate placentas and 2 separate amniotic sacs. Fraternal twins. These have the lowest mortality risk of twin pregnancies. Monochorionic/Diamniotic twins have 2 amniotic sacs and one placenta. Have a risk of increased risk. Monochorionic/Monoamniotic share one sac and one placenta and also have a higher risk. Hope this helps. ...Read more
My hCG level at 4w3d was 690 then at 5w4d is 10449. Is that ok or is it high? Does that indicate twin pregnancy?
Hcg: It's normal and not an indicator of twins. ...Read more
@ 8 Weeks gestation fetal hr was 175, 17 days later hr is 130 should there be any concerns? This was a vanishing twin pregnancy
No: The higher heart rate may have come from the vanquished twin and now the other fetus' heart rate is now being measured. ...Read more
What exactly does implantation bleeding look like? How does it start? How long does it last? Is it different with twin pregnancy?
For a twin pregnancy, what is considered a short cervical length? Is 2.5 CM at 24 weeks considered short (and so put me at increased risk for ptl)?
Depends: All twin pregnancy are at risk for ptl. Your cervix at 2.5 cm requires follow up with your high risk doctor to make sure is not shortening any more. Don't stress too much, make sure u let the doctor know if you get cramping, bleeding or leakage of fluid. Make sure you keep ur appts as well. ...Read more
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more