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Q: Are multiple pregnancies riskier than single pregnancies?

Are multiple pregnancies always riskier than single pregnancies? If so, how much more risky are they?

Re: Are multiple pregnancies always riskier than single pregnancies? If so, how much more risky are they?

The Bump Expert

I always say that multiples are miracles, but it’s true that these pregnancies can come along with various complications, which is why doctors automatically classify them as high-risk. That doesn’t mean you’re definitely going to have to deal with tons complications, though -- or even that you necessarily need to be worried. Still, according to the stats, moms of multiples are twice as likely to go into labor early, and there are a number of risks associated with premature birth. That’s why it’s good to see a Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialist as soon as you know you’re having multiples, so you can be monitored extra closely. A good MFM will do all they can to make sure you carry your babies as close to full-term as possible, and also check for issues that are specific to multiple pregnancies (such as Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome).

Karen Moise, RN

Q: Are multiple pregnancies riskier than single pregnancies?

I managed to carry my twins till 37 weeks and they were almost 14 lbs of baby. It truly depends on the mother and the babies. Always check with your OB if you are not sure.

stephs503 |

Q: Are multiple pregnancies riskier than single pregnancies?

There are plenty of women I know who made it to 38 weeks or so without any complications, however I know a lot that were not as lucky. I wish someone would have warned me about possible complications so I would have been better prepared . . . at 19 weeks it was discovered that I was fighting preterm labor and I had to have a cerclage placed and go on strict bed rest. I knew I might end up on bed rest, but I didn't think it would happen so early! I would DEFINITELY find a MFM doctor - even if you love your current doctor. I'm convinced that if it wasn't for my doctor and how much they have monitored me, I might have lost my girls or they would have been born too early. (I am 32 weeks now and going strong!) Make sure also that if you have any peculiar feelings/symptoms to tell your doctor right away - don't assume it is normal pregnancy symptoms (especially pressure and other preterm labor symptoms). Just make sure to stay informed, ask your doctor lots of questions, follow your doctor's advice and rest as much as possible! Good luck!

mkeagy |

Q: Are multiple pregnancies riskier than single pregnancies?

I am am at 22 weeks and in the hospital now with twins and pre term labor. It has stopped for themost part, but will be on bed rest for an indefinite amount of time. I am seeing both an MFM doc and someone from my reg ob office-they rotate-. Problem is they have different opinions on care-at least today. I think though the MFM docs know and should be the winners for care.

betasig95 |