Being pregnant with twins is a double blessing, but twins and other multiples require special care. Board-certified OB/GYN and maternal-fetal medicine specialist Sasha Davidson, MD, FACOG, manages twin and multiple pregnancies at Signature Perinatal Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. To learn more about how to stay healthy through a twin pregnancy, call or book an appointment online.
The chances of having twins or other multiple births is greater than ever before. About 3 in every 100 pregnancies in the United States involves twins or triplets. There are two main types of twins:
The most common type of twin pregnancy involves fraternal twins. This happens when two separate eggs get fertilized by two different sperm.
Each baby has their own placenta and amniotic sac inside the uterus. Fraternal twins can be two males, two females, or a male and a female.
Identical twins happen when one fertilized egg splits and grows into to fetuses. These twins are the same sex and identical DNA. They may share the same placenta and amniotic sac, or they may each have separate amniotic sacs.
Sometimes there’s no cause for twin or triplet pregnancies — they just happen. However, getting pregnant in your 30s and 40s or using assisted reproductive technologies increases your chances of having twins.
Some women may experience more severe pregnancy symptoms with twins, such as morning sickness and fatigue. However, the only way to confirm that you have a twin pregnancy is to have an ultrasound.
Dr. Davidson and the team at Signature Perinatal Center use Trice Imaging to send ultrasound images of your baby (or babies) directly to your email or smartphone. They can also share these images with your other medical subspecialists for collaborative care.
Twin pregnancies increase your chances of certain complications, such as preterm labor or Cesarean section delivery. Dr. Davidson helps you stay healthy throughout your twin pregnancy with special care, including:
Carrying twins also increases your risk of developing other health problems, such as gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. Dr. Davidson educates you on steps you can take to prevent these potential complications.
If you do develop a condition such as gestational diabetes, Dr. Davidson works with you to develop a personalized diabetes management plan to control your blood sugar throughout pregnancy.
To learn more about how to have the healthiest, happiest twin pregnancy possible, call Signature Perinatal Center or book an appointment online today.