Many people dream about having twins or even triplets when they are growing their family. While adding a few members to your family is paramount, you should be aware of the risks of multiple gestations. Twins generally have the lowest risk when it comes to complications like low birth weight, gestational diabetes, and even the loss of a fetus. With each additional fetus the chances for these risks increase.
The chances of preterm labor increase with each additional baby. What most people do not realize is the preterm labor is defined differently depending if you are going to have twins, triplets, or quadruplets. The average twin pregnancy lasts 36 weeks compared to the single pregnancy which lasts 39 weeks. Triplets and quadruplets pregnancies last around 32 weeks for triplets and 30 weeks for quadruplets.
Low birth weight is another risk of multiple gestations as it comes with preterm delivery. Low birth weight is defined at under 5.5 pounds while the risks increase if the baby is under 3.3 pounds. These low weights are associated with mental retardations and vision problems.
Gestational diabetes happens more often in those with a multiples pregnancy as there is a higher resistance to insulin. A diet can be given to the mother to reduce the risks associated to this as it is quite manageable especially when caught early in the pregnancy.
There are risks when it comes to multiple gestations, but here at NJ Perinatal Associates, our goal is to manage these risks to allow you to have the best pregnancy possible. Adding 2 or 3 members to your family doesn’t have to be a dream, it can be a reality. Two doctors on staff are conducting their research on multiple gestations to make sure we have the best treatments possible.