Potential Risks, Complications and Effects of Multiple Pregnancies
Among the effects of multiple pregnancies are some significant risks and complications. Here are some potential risks from a multiple pregnancy.
The most common risk associated with multiple pregnancy is premature birth. The more babies you are carrying, the more likely you are to experience premature birth. This might be problematic for the babies as this might lead to complications for their growth and development.
Having multiple pregnancy increases your likelihood for getting gestational diabetes, which affects the level of sugar in your blood.
Higher Blood Pressure
Multiple pregnancy can increase your chances of getting high blood pressure disorders during pregnancy.
Despite preferences for a natural vaginal delivery, complications during delivery or pregnancy can lead to your doctor choosing a C-section delivery.
With identical twins, one might receive more blood than the other. This can cause heart complications for both that might require procedures and operations even during pregnancy.
Fetal Growth Restriction
This can happen when one or more of the babies is not growing at a proper rate.
In summary, multiple pregnancies happen when a mother is carrying more than one baby in the same pregnancy. They either happen when the fertilized egg splits (which leads to identical siblings) or more than one egg is fertilized during conception.
The effects of multiple pregnancies involve significant risks and complications to the health of mother and child. For this reason, it is important that women who are pregnant with twins or multiples consult with their doctor regularly.
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