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When you see that the blue line it is the happiest time for most women but when you go to the doctors and then find out you will be having a multiple pregnancy then you will be ecstatic. However you do need to consider that a multiple pregnancy will have bigger complications to boot.


There are quite a few different complications and risks that are associated with multiple pregnancies for example multiple pregnancy induced hypertension which means basically a very high blood pressure which starts at the beginning of the pregnancy. If a woman has hypertension she may also be in jeopardy of placental abruption which means the placenta detaches.


Another complication which can occur in multiple pregnancies is certain defects, in fact the risk is two times higher than in one fetus pregnancies. Some of the defects include spinal bifida, certain heart abnormalities and/or gastrointestinal anomalies. Another problem can be a preterm labor which turns into a preterm birth, the majority of twins or more tend to be born at the thirty seventh week of pregnancy and are then called premature babies. The premature baby will be a lot lighter in weight than they should be and their bodily systems have not fully developed as yet thus they could potentially be in danger, certain complications can follow, such as the risk of not being able to suck the milk which in turn will lead to malnourishment. To be on the safer side of the coin these babies will be kept in a neonatal intensive care unit. One of the possible complications of a multiple pregnancy is anemia which may mean the babies will need a possible blood transfusion if the doctors find that the hemoglobin levels are too low in the babies.


Miscarriage is another very real complication especially in the first trimester of any pregnancy however in multiple pregnancies the risk is much greater. There is a condition called twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome and means the blood is not equally supplied to all the babies through the placenta. If a woman needs or chooses to have a cesarean delivery this will come with its own set of complications. If the mother to be has had a lot of babies in her previous years then she is at a higher risk of postpartum hemorrhage which means she will bleed after the delivery. If there is a high health risk to the mother to be and/or one or more of the fetus’s she is carrying then the doctor may need to do something called a multifetal pregnancy reduction which basically means they will inject a lethal medication into one or more of the fetus’s.

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