A dream of so many women, the twin pregnancy can bring about as many changes in the woman’s body as a single fetus pregnancy, but do you really know how to detect a twin pregnancy and what to expect from changes to your body?
Types of Twin Pregnancy
Twin pregnancies can be bi-vitelline (two babies formed from two fertilized eggs) or univithelin (pregnancy of identical twins from an egg and a sperm). Twin pregnancies are increasingly common due to procedures such as in vitro fertilization and hormonal induction of ovulation. In these cases the pregnancy of twins can even be expected, cases of people who have twins in the family and have a genetic propensity to do so as well. However, in most cases you can take the whole family by surprise! But how to know before any exam that the pregnancy that is in course is a pregnancy of twins?
Twin Pregnancy Symptoms
The pregnancy of a single embryo can cause symptoms such as nausea, drowsiness, pain in the breasts, abdominal pain and many other symptoms. Twin pregnancies can cause these same symptoms only more intensely. In addition, twin pregnancies can also provide greater abdominal pain as soon as a more advanced stage of pregnancy occurs.
Women 12 weeks or older may have a more prominent abdomen than other pregnant women due to the size of the uterus which, of course, becomes larger than a pregnancy with a single fetus. The size of the belly is also debatable in the early stages, as swelling due to hormonal increase can happen and very often in the evening. Pregnancy time must be taken into account for this item.
The woman’s weight can also be an indication that the pregnancy is twin, normally the woman who expects two or more babies, tend to put on weight much faster than other pregnant women. The size of the uterus at the prenatal visit is also a strong indication that pregnancy is twin. If the uterine height is much larger than usual for that gestational age, more indicative of twin pregnancies.
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Is twin pregnancy HCG higher?
One of the frequently asked questions that arise here at Changing Diapers is the amount of HCG (exclusive pregnancy hormone) present in the woman’s blood .
If the amount is much higher than the gestational age, it may be a twin pregnancy, yes, but we must first correctly calculate the pregnancy so that there is no frustration. For example, in the 6th or 7th week , the ideal and expected that the beta is around 100 to 200mUi of HCG , if this value exceeds 400mUI, it may be indicative of twin pregnancies.
The only safe way to detect a twin pregnancy is still ultrasound, but even it is prone to errors if done very early in the pregnancy. Multiple pregnancy can be detected from the 8th week via ultrasound , two gestational sacs or two embryos can be visualized in the case of univithelial pregnancy.
Twin pregnancy is considered a high-risk pregnancy, not because it has any imminent problem, but because it requires greater care from the doctor. Pressure, blood glucose, weight and pain must be monitored very closely, so prenatal care has to be done very carefully.
It is recommended to perform at least three ultrasounds per pregnancy, one each quarter, however, twin pregnancies should be monitored more ultrasound due to the different circumstances of the woman’s body.
Changes in the Body of the Pregnant Woman in the Pregnancy of Twins
Everyone knows that the belly can get bigger in twin pregnancies right? Wrong! Twin pregnancy does not always provide a bigger belly than expected and may cause concern there.
Certain organisms can respond to twins’ pregnancies in a different way, sheltering two or more babies without a gigantic belly, and this can happen because the babies are not so big but also because of the biotype of the pregnant woman and the father of the babies. The important thing is that everything is going well and they are gaining weight properly and continuously.
The changes in the pregnancy of twins start with the uterus , which tends to be larger even if the belly does not present, the problem is precisely when the babies are very large, the space becomes reduced to the extreme and can cause many pains to the mother skin and uterus very stretched.
In the body of a pregnant woman with twins there is also a greater change in blood circulation than a pregnancy of a single fetus. The circulation is much greater, because the blood must irrigate much more, support two or more beings and often two different placentas, so the pressure of the woman may suffer an increase and this is worrying for doctors, the ideal is that the pressure of a pregnant woman turn around 128, but sometimes the normal reaches 139 due to increased blood circulation.
The internal organs also undergo major changes, the heart, stomach and intestines are relocated within the body to accommodate the new state and condition of the woman and this can be a painful and often bothersome condition. Which pregnant woman never felt tired and short of breath during pregnancy?
Then calculate a pregnant woman with twins, she will certainly suffer twice as much due to the heavier weight of the belly and many more kicks. In fact twin pregnancies provide a sensational experience of a group moving inside the womb, funny how the mothers know exactly who is agitated at that moment.
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What Changes for a Pregnant Gemini?
The diet must be better, with more nutrients and much more liquid, in addition, more fruits that contain fiber must be consumed. Fruits such as bananas that contain potassium and avoid the most frequent dreaded cramps in pregnant women with twins, are a good choice, in addition to helping with cramps, they help in the nutrition of b12.
For the woman who expects twins, the work period must also be reduced as tiredness arrives much earlier for them. Ideally, as soon as they feel tired, these women can take their maternity leave early in order to avoid premature birth. Whenever you can rest, it is a great idea, at the end of twins’ pregnancy it provides greater swelling of the legs as well.
Childbirth, this is the biggest concern of women who have a twin pregnancy, these women may be more likely to have a childbirth before 40 weeks and it is very common for it to happen. However, with the evolution of medicine and a well-done prenatal care, they can increase the chances of the 9th month reaching these women as easily as a pregnant woman with a single fetus.
The signs that childbirth is about to happen will be indicated by your body, the placenta, your health will show and of course, your doctor will do everything for nature to collaborate so that the most suitable date for babies to arrive be born with health. Childbirths from 35 weeks are considered a great time for those who expect twins, nature is wise, also giving a little force producing enzymes that make babies’ lungs mature sooner than a single fetus pregnancy. Remember, pregnancy with twins requires more care but it is a pregnancy like any other. Enjoy this unique moment and so dreamed by so many women!
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.