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Getting To Know About Twin Pregnancy

Author Zizzur Staff. Published on October 17, 2011 - 1:17 am (425 views — 438 words)

Twin pregnancy is defined as the development of a single or two zygotes that are divided into two. This is an abnormal case that may happen to one out of eighty pregnancies.

Development. Identical and fraternal are the two types of twin pregnancies. Fraternal twin pregnancy develops when there is a conception of the a single egg from the mother and two different sperms from the father, which has two separate placenta and two umbilical cords. Meanwhile, when separation of two zygotes from a single ovum takes place, then this is called "twin pregnancy". So, there are two babies present with different umbilical cords, but share a single placenta. They are in fact genetically identical. There are times when the separation of two zygotes fails, conjoined twin infants may developed.

Factors. Whenever two eggs are released from the ovary simultaneously, a twin pregnancy takes place. This usually takes place when women reach beyond 30 years old. This is due to delayed pregnancy that cause steroidal hormones imbalances.

Signs and symptoms. The following are the twin pregnancy symptoms:
•The weight gained by most mothers with twin pregnancies is double as those with normal pregnancies.
•Approximately fifty-percent of pregnant women would suffer from morning sickness associated with vomiting and nausea.
•They may also have feeling of uneasiness and restlessness.
•Food craving is common. To maintain the nutritional support for the two fetuses, the mother needs to eat a lot and even make different food choices every now and then. •Because of the excess fetal growth due to accommodation of the twins, the uterus presses the pelvic vein so excess water is then pushed to lower limbs.

Health complications. Several health complications may be experienced by pregnant mothers of the twin babies. These are:
•Early labor and delivery.
•Caesarian section during delivery is also common.
•The uterus may have some abnormal tissue growths.
•Birth defects are common.
•When there is an excess in the amniotic sac fluid, fetal death is possible.
The pregnant women may experienced increase pressure in the blood and may have low hemoglobin count.
•Post partum hemorrhage or excess blood loss may also occur which may result to maternal death.
•Breathing problems may occur during labor and delivery since the mother may acquire gestational diabetes.

The growth and development of the twins inside the womb as well as the health of the mother must be checked and examined by the doctor every now and then. In addition, one important thing to consider is the nutritional support of both the babies and the mother, but it is still advisable to see first a medical specialist before taking any step.