15Twin Pregnancy And Delivery Carries Increased Risks
Before mom even meets her sweet fraternal or identical twins, she has to survive the pregnancy, and so do the babies. Though there are definitely risks for women who have Irish twins due to how close the pregnancies occur, the threats to the baby and the mom during an Irish
twin pregnancy come nowhere close to the threats of a twin pregnancy.
Twin pregnancies are at higher risk of ending in preterm labor and offering babies who weigh less than they need to. Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), a condition where a child is measuring too small in the womb, is also a problem, and it can affect one or both twins. Mom is at increased risk of gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, and she is more likely to have a C-section when carrying twins.
The risk of twins dying either in the womb or during the first year of life is increased, and for identical twins, the risks are even more complicated. Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) can cause one twin to receive more blood than the other, resulting in the death of both babies before birth.
Once twins arrive, it’s likely they will spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and even when mom takes her babies home, twins are 50% more likely to die from SIDS.