Understanding the Medical Risks of Having Twins or Multiple Babies

When having twins or multiple babies, it’s important to be aware of the risks and challenges that come with it. Below are some important considerations to keep in mind.

Early Delivery and Low Birth Weight

Babies from multiple pregnancies are often born earlier, with twins usually being born at 37 weeks and triplets at 33 weeks. Meanwhile, single babies are typically born at 39 weeks. Your babies may also be born with a lower weight. Over 60% of twins — and nearly all triplets — weigh less than 5.5 pounds, compared to only 8% of single babies.

Risks of Birth Defects

There is a slightly higher chance of birth defects in multiple pregnancies, with 2-3% of twins and 10-15% of triplets being affected, compared to 2% of single babies.

High Blood Pressure and Preeclampsia

If you have a multiple pregnancy, you may be more likely to develop high blood pressure and have protein in your urine, a condition called preeclampsia. This can occur in 10-20% of twin pregnancies and over 30% of triplet pregnancies, compared to 2-8% of single pregnancies.

Preparing for a C-Section Delivery

You may need to deliver your babies by cesarean section (“C-section”), which is a surgical delivery. The rate of C-section delivery is 40-50% for twin pregnancies and over 90% for triplet pregnancies, compared to 30% for single pregnancies.

Post-Birth Special Care for Your Babies

Multiple pregnancy increases the risk of your babies needing special care after they are born. Over 60% of twins and nearly 100% of triplets require neonatal intensive care, compared to 7% of single babies.

Financial Implications of Having Twins or Multiples

The cost of having twins or multiples can also be higher than having a single baby, and it can vary depending on where you live, your insurance coverage, and your medical expenses. On average, the cost can be two to three times higher for twins.

Emotional and Social Challenges of Raising Multiples

Along with the financial strain, having twins or multiples can also bring emotional and social challenges. Raising multiple babies at the same time can be more stressful, and it can put a strain on your relationship and your quality of life. However, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. There are many resources available to help you through this exciting and demanding time.

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