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What are the risks of having twins? I always wanted them to get it over with at one time.

What are the risks of having twins? I always wanted them to get it over with at one time.

Better not: There are increased risks for both mom and baby. The biggest risk is increased chance of prematurity and that can leave the babies with undeveloped heart, lungs, brain and immune systems and thus less able to survive without expensive neonatal care. Moms have increased rates of eclampsia and need for c-section. Trust mother nature! ...Read more

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What are the benefits of having twins early via c-section?

What are the benefits of having twins early via c-section?

Depends: Early delivery for any pregnancy (singleton or twin) should be avoided. If early delivery is not avoidable, then your doctor may decide that a c-section is safer for the babies than a vaginal delivery. This usually occurs for very small babies and for babies that are breech or transverse and not head down for delivery. ...Read more

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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 ?

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

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Almost 18week twin pregnancy (first time mom), sharp pains in vagina and pelvic presure is this normal? VERY WORRIED!

Almost 18week twin pregnancy (first time mom), sharp pains in vagina and pelvic presure is this normal? VERY WORRIED!

See you OB: You should call and see your OB ASAP. Twins increased your risk of preterm labor. 18 weeks is a bit early, but, if nothing more than for your peace of mind, I would get checked. ...Read more

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How do I know if I am having twins?

How do I know if I am having twins?

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 more

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How can I know if I am having twins?

How can I know if I am having twins?

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 more

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How will I know if I am having twins?

How will I know if I am having twins?

Sonography: There isn't a tell-tale way of knowing if you are having twins in the first trimester of pregnancy. Some women carrying multiples have exaggerated symptoms of pregnancy, like more pronounced nausea/vomiting. Ultimately, at some point during your pregnancy, you will have a sonogram performed and the twin pregnancy will be identified. ...Read more

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If I am having twins, will I have two placentas?

If I am having twins, will I have two placentas?

Depends--eggs, split: Twins from two eggs have two placentas (occasionally appear fused). Some twins from one egg have two and some have only one placental mass, even though there may be two amniotic sacs. In the past placentas were evaluated at delivery. Now we can learn lots by ultrasound. Occasionally additional testing is needed after delivery to determine if one placental mass or two closely positioned placentas. ...Read more

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