Twin or Triplet Pregnancy. Your Guide To Prenatal Care
Being pregnant with multiples can be exciting as well as scary. There are all sorts of doubts, worries, and unpredictability that can make anyone anxious. Know all about prenatal care when pregnant with a twin or triplet pregnancy.
Multiple pregnancy is considered high-risk pregnancy since there are higher chances of complications, including premature labor. Prenatal care in case of non-stress pregnancies involves more frequent visits to the doctor for regular check-up. Generally, from 24 week onward visit your doctor every other week and weekly as you come near the full term.
Not every registered medical practitioner is apt to deal with multiple pregnancy cases. You need an expert obstetrician who has experience of dealing with such non-stress. In addition to this, it is advisable to visit a perinatologist, popularly known as Maternal- FetalMedicinal specialist (MFM), who are specialized in dealing with high-risk pregnancies.
Bursting Some Myths About Twin and Triplet Pregnancy
Yes, a multiple birth involves high risk. But it doesn’t mean you will have to always be on your feet worrying over slightest sign of discomfort. If you take proper prenatal care and are in touch with your obstetrician, you have already won more than half of the battle.
Just like other pregnant women, you too will have to undergo timely tests but maybe more frequently and a little earlier. For instance, you’ll have to undergo more ultrasounds during the term, and maybe vaginal exams as you are nearing full-term pregnancy, to look out for the signs of premature labor.
You might be tested more regularly for anaemia deficiency, as during a twin or triplet pregnancy the body tends to use up iron stores rather quickly, thus higher chances of depleting iron from body.
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What are the risks involved and tests to rule them out?
Multiple births puts women at higher risk of developing gestational diabetes. Expect frequent glucose screening tests in case you are carrying twins or more. Also, there are higher chances of going into premature labor. Hence, your obstetrician will put you on a close watch to determine signs of preterm labor. There’s a protein in vaginal secretion, known as fetal fibronectin, that signals the body is beginning to get ready for birth. This is why your doctor might recommend a fetal fibronectin test to help rule out preterm labor.
There are tests to determine your babies’ well being too. These non-stress or biophysical tests take proper note of your babies’ movements, heartbeats, amount of amniotic fluid around them and check against contractions that could be a sign of premature labor.
There will also be certain tests to determine birth defects, such as Down’s Syndrome in the babies to be born. Consult your obstetrician to rule all such possibilities out.
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