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What Is A Stuck Twin
Donor in TTTS.: Stuck twin is a descriptive term for the donor twin in a case of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (ttts - seen in 15% of all monochorionic/diamniotic twins which comprise 1/3 of all twins - identical in lay terms). ...Read more
Stuck twin: The term stuck twin refers to a set of twins which are sharing the same placenta. The term stuck refers to the twin which is not getting enough blood flow and has very little amniotic fluid around it. The other twin has too much blood flow and too much amniotic fluid. The condition is called twin to twin transfusion syndrome. ...Read more
Depends on location: For women in north america fortunate enough to have ultrasound imaging provided, most will know about multiple fetuses before they are born. In some other parts of the world, they may need to rely on their size or perhaps number of bony parts protruding. Often, if no ultrasound has been performed, delivery of a baby smaller than expected, based on size of abdomen, is an indication to look for more. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None: There are no medications that are used specifically to promote twins. Multiples are far more risky. About 2% of pregnancies (not involving infertility treatments) result in multiple gestations - almost all of them are twins - triplets occur about once in 10, 000 pregnancies. The chance of twins is much greater when on fertility drugs or with other assisted reproductive treatments such as ivf. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Early ultrasound: An ultrasound performed in the first trimester can confirm twins. Sometimes when twins are diagnosed very early, one of the twins may not survive and then the pregnancy usually will proceed normally as a singleton. Blood levels of the pregnancy hormone are also higher than a singleton pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fair: Fraternal twins (non-identical) occur when a woman releases more than one egg during ovulation and this trait can be genetic. Identical twins occur when a single fertilized egg splits into two and is not genetic. Fertility treatments also increase the rate of twins. So with that many sets of twins in the family there is a decent chance of you having twins too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Joyfully!: Having one baby is great; having two is doubly awesome! if mom doesn't have enough breastmilk, just use some formula. Many things can be done together (mom can help one baby, and dad the other) . . . Such as feeding, burping, changing diapers, reading time, bathing time, etc. . . . When going out, mom can carry one baby, and dad the other. Triplets? Now, that's much harder. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not identical: Twins may be identical or fraternal. Identical twins share the same genetic material because the egg split into two fetuses; fraternal twins come from two separate eggs which are fertilized at the same time. Theoretically, they might not even share the same father! ...Read more
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