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Expecting Multiple?

Twins are two offspring produced by the same pregnancy. Expecting Multiple or twins is possible when one egg (ovum) splits before implanting or when separate eggs are each fertilized by a different sperm.

Type of Twins:

  • Fraternal Twins: Fraternal Twins are also known as dizygotic twins. These twins come from 2 eggs being fertilized at the same time each having its own placenta. Fraternal Twins can be of the same or different sexes. They share half of their genes.
  • Identical Twins: Identical Twins are also known as monozygotic twins. They result from 1 fertilized egg that splits and develops into 2 separate embryos that will share a placenta and amniotic sac .Identical Twins are always of the same sex. They share all of their genes.
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1 in 250 pregnancies results in twins naturally. Women have higher chances of twins pregnancy with IVF treatment. Chances of twins in a normal pregnancy is around 6% while the chances of twins with IVF reaches up to 25%.

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Fun Facts about Twins:

  • Identical twins do not have identical fingerprints
  • Tall women are more likely to have twins
  • Mirror Image Identical Twins Exist
  • Twins begin interacting as early as the 14th week of gestation
  • Identical twins can still have completely different genetic makeups.
  • More twins Are left-handed
  • Mothers of twins live longer
  • Women who drink lots of dairy are more likely to conceive twins
  • Twins speak their own language
  • Some conjoined twins can feel and taste what the other one does
  • Older moms are naturally more likely to have twins
  • Both twins can be born by different birth methods
  • Labour is sometimes longer than usual with twins
  • Mom need to have at least 500 calories extra to breastfeed twins

Common Questions

  • Q. What is Vanishing Twin Syndrome?

    A. Vanishing Twin Syndrome is a type of miscarriage. The loss of a twin during pregnancy can occur in first trimester .The baby that doesn’t develop fully is called the vanishing twin. During the first trimester loss, the tissue of miscarried twin is usually reabsorbed by the surviving baby and its mother‘s body.

  • Q. What are the unusual events of twin pregnancies?

    A. At time , unusual events do happen during fertilization or early stages of twin pregnancy that can lead to unique twins. Some of them Mirror image twins , Conjoined twins , Parasitic twins , Semi-identical twins , Boy/girl identical twins.

  • Q. Do twins sharing a placenta poses significant risk?

    A. When two fetuses share one placenta, their umbilical cords may implant anywhere, and depending on where they implant, one fetus may get less share of the placenta than it’s another twin, resulting in less blood flow and nutrition to one fetus, with more to the other. As a result, identical twins inspite of sharing the same genetic material might grow differently.

  • Q. What are the some of potential risk for the babies in twin pregnancy?

    A. Some of the risks include early delivery or Preterm labor , low birthweight , birth defects , Twin-To-Twin Transfusion Syndrome(TTTS) etc.

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