Multiple pregnancies happen when fertilized egg splits in the first 3-4 days after conception and before it implants in the uterus. Identical Twins or Triplets happen when the fertilization of a single egg later divides into 2 or 3 identical embryos and they share the same genetic identity, or full chances of the same sex, and may look exactly the same – a copy of each other.
10 Signs that You're Pregnant with Twins, Triplets or More
The best way to find out is through your dating ultrasound scan, which happens between 8 and 14 weeks. during your ultrasound doctor will be able to tell you whether the babies share a placenta are identical or not. if they have two separate placentas than it can be either identical or non-identical.
Below are some signs that you’re carrying more than one baby
- twins pregnancy run in your family
- chances are higher if a woman is older, taller, or heavier.
- if you have opted for any kind of fertility treatment like Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) & In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
- when your belly and weight seems bigger as compared to your ‘dates or weeks’
- Severe morning sickness in early pregnancy
- High results in an AFP test is the first sign that there may be multiples.
Complications of Multiple Pregnancy (Twins or Triplets)
1# Preterm Birth (Early Labor)
Preterm birth means the babies who are born before 37 weeks of pregnancy and they have learning and behavioral disabilities. The chances of Preterm birth are more in women’s who have a previous premature birth and being pregnant with multiples babies.
2# Cord Entanglement
It means that one or two loops of the cord being encircled around any part of the fetal body and entangles with each other.
3 # Postpartum Hemorrhage
It happens when women have heavy bleeding from the vagina that doesn’t slow or stop after birth to the baby. It is very important that you discuss this problem before going to labor. Postpartum hemorrhage signs of low blood pressure, blurry vision, having chills, fast heartbeat, feeling dizzy or you will always feel that you’re going to faint.
4 # High amounts of Amniotic Fluid
Amniotic fluid keeps your babies safe in the womb, they help in your babies’ digestive system, lungs, and muscle development. If you have an abnormal amount of amniotic fluid, you’re more likely to have complications like early labor. Too much amniotic fluid can also cause the pregnant woman to develop problems with kidneys
5 # Preeclampsia
It is characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system. It generally develops during the third trimester. Pregnant Ladies who have earlier signs of health problems like chronic high blood pressure, migraines, type 1 or type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, blood clots, etc are at higher risk for Preeclampsia.
6 # Gestational Diabetes
Gestational diabetes raises your risk of high blood pressure, as well as preeclampsia. pregnant women’ who are overweight and are not physically active. Your gestational diabetes can be controlled by eating healthy foods and regular exercise.
7 # Postpartum Depression
Moms who have Twins or Triplets are at Higher Risk of Postpartum Depression. There is nothing to be afraid of, these days almost 1 out of 5 women’s experience or go through postpartum depression. We would advise you to talk to about Postnatal Depression signs and symptoms in-depth with your doctor.
8 # Low Birth Weight
Multiple babies are at higher risk of low birth weight as compare to single babies because they often are premature.
9 # Anemia
Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia in pregnancy. It’s important for women bodies to have a good balance between the iron and hemoglobin.
10 # Large Uterus
During Multiple Pregnancy, the uterus can become very large, and excessive amounts of amniotic fluid may develop in the uterus. This can result in the woman’s abdominal organs and lungs which even become more squash as compare to normal pregnancy.