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Do multiple pregnancies present higher risks than singleton pregnancies?

Do multiple pregnancies present higher risks than singleton pregnancies?

Absotutely: Every risk in a singleton pregnancy is higher with twins. Risk of miscarriage, genetic abnormalities in a child, and even though small, the risk of one baby not surviving. Risks to mother of hypertension and diabetes are much higher. And the risk of early delivery is much higher. Even though twins generally do well, many twins do not. So it is always medically preferable to have a single pregnancy. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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


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Can multiple miscarriages cause complications in future pregnancies?

Can multiple miscarriages cause complications in future pregnancies?

Yes: All women with multiple miscarriages are at increased risk for another one. Most women with this problem can have a normal pregnancy, but may need help. If you have had 2 or more miscarriages in a row, then you should see your gynecologist or reproductive endocrinologist for a full evaluation and possible treatment. Best of luck to you! serena chen, md. www.sbivf.com. ...Read more

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Can genetic testing prevent birth defects in pregnancy?

Can genetic testing prevent birth defects in pregnancy?

Nope.: Genetic prenatal testing can detect many chromosomal or microscopic dna defects - but it cannot prevent birth defects! 2-4% of all newborns will have a minor or major birth defect and the vast majority of those have unknown genetic underpinnings at this time, although many of us are working to change that. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily to prevent 75-95% of major neural/cardiac fetal anomalies! ...Read more

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Are virgin pregnancies rare?

Are virgin pregnancies rare?

Possible: Although unlikely, you can get pregnant without intercourse. If a man ejaculates just outside the vagina it's possible that the semen could travel far enough to cause a pregnancy. And there are many cases where a woman gets pregnant without intercousre and so, depending on the woman, could be considered a virgin birth if the woman in question had never had intercourse. ...Read more

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What are partial birth abortions?

What are partial birth abortions?

A media term: The media and or various interest groups have coined & used this phrase in the struggle over abortion practices. It is not a medical term so the definition is whatever the interest group using it decides it is at the time they bring it up. ...Read more

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Incest cause birth defects and other reproductive harm?

Incest cause birth defects and other reproductive harm?

Possible: In addition to the trauma of the incestous abuse, there is a higher risk of birth and congenital abnormalities in pregnacies and births resulting from incest due to the resulting gene loading in families with hereditary problems. ...Read more

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Are all birth injuries avoidable?

Are all birth injuries avoidable?

Macrosomia: Macrosomia or large for gestational age infants are at high risk of birth injury. Jcaho is monitoring all the maternity hospitals for prevention of these types of injuries ranging from clavicular fractures to brachial palsy and CNS injuries physicicians' malpractice insurers have workshops and/or training courses to detect macrosomia before vaginal delivery and consider c-section. ...Read more

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How common are IVF pregnancies that result in twins?

How common are IVF pregnancies that result in twins?

Very: Ivf pregnancies, whereupon ovulation induction agents are used, markedly increases the occurance of multiple gestations. Embryos are screened before implantation to reduce this concern, but it still occurs with greater frequency than spontaneous pregnancies. ...Read more

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Can all birth control pills prevent pregnancy?

Yes: All birth control pills prevent pregnancy. They are an effective form of birth control as long as you take the pills each day. They can also help your periods to be lighter and less painful, and can decrease acne. ...Read more

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How many different heart birth defects are there?

How many different heart birth defects are there?

Several: There are several types of heart defects, but doctors usually classify them into several broad categories. Cyanotic defects cause your baby to turn cyanotic, or blue. Obstructive defects block the normal flow of blood through the heart and its associated blood vessels. Septal defects cause "holes" between the heart's chambers. And hypoplastic defects make one side of the heart smaller. ...Read more

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What are the birth defects caused by birth control hormones?

What are the birth defects caused by birth control hormones?

None: The hormones in birth control pills, or Progesterone shots ("depo provera") are not thought to cause birth defects. Many women inadvertently take birth control after they have already conceived and their children do not seem to have any increased risk of birth defects. ...Read more

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Are pcos patients have higher risk for blighted ovum?

Are pcos patients have higher risk for blighted ovum?

Slightly: Statistically people with PCOS are at a slightly higher risk for miscarriage because their ovulations are not as "typical" as non-PCOS pts. If you are taking meds for your PCOS and continue them through the first trimester it can sometimes reduce your risk of miscarriage. ...Read more

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Are there many women that have taken ssri's throughout pregnancy and child birth?

Are there many women that have taken ssri's throughout pregnancy and child birth?

Yes: There are registries for many of the different ssris. The fact that persistent pulmonary hypertension may be slightly increased to 1/500 has come under question. There is a 1.6% chance that the newborn will have increased irritability and poor feeding for 3-5 days. ...Read more

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What are the main differences between singleton pregnancies and twin pregnancies?

What are the main differences between singleton pregnancies and twin pregnancies?

Twice as many babies: Because the number of babies is doubled, the uterus grows larger faster; this will typically lead to a premature delivery at <37 weeks. There are also increased risks of pregnancy complications such as pre-eclampsia. Delivery route can also be affected if the first twin is not head down. If the first baby is head down, then a vaginal delivery of both twins can usually be performed. ...Read more

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Are tubal pregnancies real common?

Are tubal pregnancies real common?

Somewhat: About 20 per 1000 pregnancies are ectopic or tubal pregnancies. ...Read more

Dr. Joshua Klein
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Multiple Births (Definition)

Multiple births can refer to a pregnant female carrying multiple fetuses (such as twins) or a female who has given birth ...Read more