What Are the Risks Associated With Multifetal Pregnancies?

Maintaining a healthy pregnancy, What Are the Risks Associated With Multifetal Pregnancies?

If you’re expecting, you know that it can be quite a thrilling and precious experience, equipped with its ups and downs. When it comes to carrying twins or more, the excitement increases, but so, too, does the risk of complications.

Consider that more than three in five sets of twins and almost all multifetal pregnancies involving more than two fetuses are born premature (before 37 weeks). Despite the higher risk, you can still have a safe and successful delivery. You just might need a little extra monitoring and care.

Dr. Beryl Randolph and her team provide expectant mothers in the Houston area with this extra level of attention, along with years of expertise, and a focus on compassion and proactive measures during this wonderful and delicate time. Here is a look at some of the risks associated with multifetal pregnancies.

Short-term risks for mothers

Pregnancy in general poses risks to you as a mother, but these risks certainly increase when it comes to multifetal pregnancies. Some of these risks are only a problem while you are pregnant — such as gestational high blood pressure or gestational diabetes.

While their effects are limited to your pregnancy, your risk of developing diabetes or high blood pressure later in life does increase. What’s more, gestational high blood pressure can lead to placental abruption, or detachment of the placenta, which is hazardous to your babies.

Short-term risks for babies

There are some less serious abnormalities that can happen with multifetal pregnancies. These include irregular amounts of amniotic fluid or a slower growth rate for fetuses. Dr. Randolph monitors these concerns throughout your pregnancy.

Long-term risks for mothers

Because multiple fetuses mean a larger placenta and an overdistended uterus, mothers are at an increased risk of bleeding after birth, or postpartum hemorrhage. This can lead to serious health problems and in the worst cases can be lethal.

Serious risks to growing fetuses

Most concerning in multifetal pregnancies are the potential risks to the developing fetuses while in the womb. Some less serious issues include cord entanglement, which can be monitored and kept from growing into a serious issue; low birth weight; and cesarean sections. More serious risks include birth defects and even death.

Maintaining a healthy pregnancy

Although the risk of complications with multifetal pregnancies is higher when compared to a single-fetus pregnancy, you can still have a successful pregnancy, and your chance of stillbirth with multifetal pregnancies is still incredibly low — about 1% to 2%. You just need a little more attention when it comes to your obstetric care.

That’s where Dr. Beryl Randolph and her team can provide you with the experience, dedication, and attention you need. As a board-certified gynecologist and obstetrician, Dr. Randolph has close to 30 years of experience in caring for pregnant women. Ensure the best for you and your babies, and call us or schedule an appointment online today.

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