A twin pregnancy is more likely to occur in women with late pregnancies because more than one egg might get released at a time as a result of hormonal disturbances. Sometimes, a twin pregnancy may be expected when assistive reproductive techniques such as in vitro fertilisation have been used. Regardless of the cause for twin pregnancy, you need a special care.
Twins can be of two kinds – fraternal and identical. Fraternal twins are the most common type and develop from fertilisation of two different eggs with two different sperms. They grow in a separate placenta and amniotic sac. They do not resemble one another or look alike. The other kind, identical twins which occur rarely develop from division of a single fertilized egg into two foetuses. Hence, they look alike and are of the same sex, and blood group.
A twin pregnancy may be suspected by your doctor if your uterus is growing fast and appears larger than normal and if there is more than one fetal heartbeat. Although some blood tests suggest the twin pregnancy, ultrasound examination confirms the twins.
During a twin pregnancy, you need to take extra care of yourself and the babies and you should have:
It is important that you remain aware of possible complications in a twin pregnancy. High blood pressure is more likely and when it occurs in combination with proteinuria (protein in the urine); it is called preeclampsia which is a serious complication. There is also an increased risk of pre-term labour which may lead to complications such as low birth weight, breathing difficulty, underdeveloped organs, learning and developmental problems in the newborn. Most women though not everyone having twins may need C-section delivery therefore discuss with your doctor and get prepared mentally as well physically for C-section.
Have regular medical visits, proper diet and follow the instructions of your obstetrician to have a safe and successful delivery of twins or multiple babies.