births can occur in about 2% of the pregnancies. The occurrence
of twins could be due to:
random throw of the nature’s dice which may result in
a conception with more than one pregnancy.
pregnancy may be due to hereditary factors.
usage of fertility drugs in infertile women or elderly
ovulation tends to be erratic.
use of in-vitro fertilization (IVF), a procedure wherein
eggs fertilized in
test-tube are implanted
in the uterus and as several ova are involved, there
risk of multiple births.
More than 90% of twin pregnancies, have a happy ending with the
the babies to term in a healthy condition. This has been mostly
due to the advancement and usage of the ultrasound examination,
so that there are few complications during pregnancy and delivery.
However, there are certain precautions in order to achieve this:
Extra medical care: Expert medical monitoring with a
possibility of frequent appointments with the doctor, in case
of any signs of complications. There is an increased incidence
of the discomforts of pregnancy namely morning sickness, indigestion,
backache, constipation, haemorrhoids, oedema, varicose veins,
shortness of breath, for which you will need to consult the doctor
more frequently and seek medical advice.
Extra nutrition: Most problems of multiple pregnancy
can be solved by excellent nutrition, the importance of which
cannot be stressed. A superior diet programmed with an additional
protein and whole grain serving, supplemented with additional
calcium serving and a good adequate supply of other nutrients
such as iron, folic acid, zinc, copper, Vitamin B, Vitamin C and
Vitamin D would go a long way in achieving a baby’s weight of
6 lbs (instead of 4-5 lbs) and a healthy mother, strong enough
to look after her babies.
As there are two babies you will need that much extra rest,
for its efforts needed for baby building. Spend fewer hours at
work and stop work when you fatigue out easily.
there is extra weight gain in multiple pregnancy, your obstretician
will monitor the weight very intently. This could be anywhere
between 30-35 lbs above your prepregnancy weight. This weight
gain can further add to your discomforts. As there is an increased
incidence of early labour, you need to keep even pre-requisite
ready earlier and be prepared to deliver before your due date.
You may be ambivalent about the dual arrival, but don’t burden
yourself with fear, but use this time to get familiar with the
idea of twins. Share your feelings with women, who have had multiple
pregnancy’s, which will help you to feel more acceptive of the
pregnancy and soon you may start to get excited about having two
new arrivals at home.