Common complications with twin pregnancy

JENNY - posted on 06/20/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I am on 19 weeks pregnant with a pair of twin now. I had a pair of twins in my 1st pregnancy but lost 1 of them on 9 weeks. My girl was born in 28 weeks . I am quite scared of having twins due to previous incident. I went for my monthly checkup and so far is okay. My doctor also highlighted me some of the potential complications for twin pregnancy. Can anyone tell me what problems do you all normally face ? Thanks.

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Monica - posted on 07/15/2010

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I had a miscarriage a few months before I got pregnant with my twins and I had the fear of something going wrong the entire time I was pregnant. How you are feeling is natural, given what you have experienced, but one pregancy does not determine future pregancies.

Bedrest will be the most likely problem you will have, as it occurs often with multiples. My doctor told me to have everything in order and ready by 28 weeks, because that is the typical time that woman are put on bedrest. I actually did not have any complications until 30 weeks, when I was placed on tributiline and put to bedrest. I was in and out of the hospital 4 times, before having my beautiful twin girls at 35 weeks.

Best of luck!

Tami - posted on 07/14/2010

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I have 3 suggestions...1) Join your local Mothers of Multiples group! The women I met there helped me get through my pregnancy, and now raising my 6 month old girls. They have all either been there or are going through it with you. 2) Don't be afraid to read the scary stuff in the pregnancy books. I skipped a lot of that and it really would have helped with some of the problems I had. And 3) if you think something is wrong, see your doctor and let them know. I was having some discomfort but didn't want to complain about seemingly small stuff at 22 weeks, only to find out that I have an incompetent cervix and was 75% effaced at that point. We went all the way to 35w5d and only spent 2 weeks in the NICU!

Amanda - posted on 11/29/2010

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High blood pressure (eclampsia) I had this with my twins and I had to have a c-section at 34 weeks with this complication. I never had anything other then that but you need to watch for Gestational Diabetes this is a very common compication with can be treated

Melissa - posted on 07/16/2010

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I had identical twin girls at 32 weeks....the girls had TTTS....never heard of it until my pregnancy...they stayed in the special care nursery for about three weeks...they are now one year olds and you could never tell they were preemie's...good luck...

Heather - posted on 07/09/2010

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I also had contractions really early on that lasted until my c-section. I also had kidney infections on and off through my entire pregnancy, my doctor said that was a normal pregnant with twins thing?!

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Samiksha - posted on 02/01/2014

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i m 17 week pregnent with twins..... from d starting of 17th week i have pain in my lower part of stomach even on slight moving..... wat is this ? is there any problem ?// wat should i do plz tell me?????

Charity - posted on 02/05/2013

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I did not find I was having twins till 19 weeks and I am so glad I did not find out till then because I would have worried even longer. I had them at 39 weeks without issue. It is different for everyone for sure and with your previous history you know to be extra careful about preterm labor. Keep hydrated eat lots of protein and don't be afraid to head to the hospital or call the DR. if you are concerned. Preterm labor caught earlier the better. It is also possible you could have a relatively complication free pregnancy. Keep positive, think positive, be positive.

YASMINA - posted on 02/04/2013

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I am 17 weeks pregnant with twins almost 18 since day 1 i have been sick the vomiting was the worst it was horrible first trimester came a few times a day headaces migraines it was hell i stayed in the hospital and my doctors office i was fatigue and the twins took all my energy. 2nd trimester was better limited vomiting and sides effects of pregnancy but it was still hard to eat. i hope everyones is diffrent than mine. with twins you are at an higher risk of premature delivery and complications at birth i havent delivered my babies yet so i cant say my experience but good luck.

Stacey - posted on 11/29/2010

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I am 17 weeks pregnant with twins and have had sciatic pain the whole pregnancy. But the morning sickness is not as bad as with my 20 month old daughter. I was sick with her the whole 9 months, but with these babies as long as I eat, there is no nausea! Other then the back pain, I feel awesome and hope it continues the entire time! I am scared of being put on bedrest because I had preeclampsia with my daughter and my chances are higher for getting it now.

Jessica - posted on 11/27/2010

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I dont know if this is considered a 'complication' but i had PUPPPS while i was pregnant with my two. It was an EXTREMEMLY itchy rash that started on my stretch marks and then slowly spread across my whole body :( apparently its more common in multiple pregnancies..... and usually appears around the 33rd week. So cross fingers you dont get this because it is AWFUL!
Good luck with ur pregnancy tho twins are fantastic :)

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I would say you can probably expect more intense regular pregnancy symptoms as you get farther along -- back pain, round ligament pain (if you aren't having that already), heartburn and just a hard time getting around and sleeping. You might get put on bedrest; you might not. I was one modified bed rest starting at 33 weeks, which basically meant I was to rest as much as possible, but I wasn't required to lay down and stay in bed. I had a mild case of preeclampsia that improved once I was put on bedrest and stopped working (my job was really stressful). I delivered two healthy babies at 38 weeks. I am 19 weeks with my second twin pregnancy now and have been sailing right through it so far (*cross my fingers it stays that way!). Every pregnancy is different -- problems in one pregnancy don't mean problems in another!! Good luck!!

Liz - posted on 11/26/2010

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With my pregnancy I had a skate free one up until thirty weeks. That's when I started having contractions and going in every weekend. I ended up having my b/g twins one day shy of 34 weeks. My daughter weighed three pounds twelve ounces, and my son weighed four pounds ten ounces. My original due date was July 21st so they were six weeks early.

Almost two and a half years later you can't tell they were preemies. Going on I just had a son four and a half months ago on July 12th of this year. I made it to one day shy of thirty nine weeks. Though I had more complications with him than I did the twins, this just goes to show just because you had a preemie once doesn't necessarily mean you'll have one again. Just be prepared just in case. And if you have any concerns at all go see the doctor or go to the hospital that's what they are there for.

Julie - posted on 11/26/2010

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I am a diabetic and i had blood presure before i was pregnant then i was pregnant with my boy/girl twins they kept a close eye on me threw out the pregnancy but the only main problem i had was back pain my twins were both breech so i had a c setion at 37 weeks every one is different and no to pregnancys are the same good luck

Tiffanie - posted on 07/20/2010

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i was never put on bedrest although i was told to take it easy. from about 4 months twin a was upside down pushing on my pelvis. he was born with a notch on one side of his head because he never changed positions the rest of the pregnancy. twin b broke two of my ribs. i suffered a miscarriage about five months before i got pregnant with the twins. towards the end of my pregnancy twin a started to suffer because twin b was taking all the nutrients. twin a put me into labor at 36 weeks [sunday] doctors appointment on that monday and they rushed to into the OR for an emergency c-section because i couldn't have them natural because of twin a being small. my boys were born at 36 weeks 1 day. twin a was 4lbs 13ozs and twin b was 5lbs 4ozs. both went straight to newborn nursery no complications. we all went home 5 days later =] not everyone has a bad expierence. congradulations on the pregnancy and the best of luck to you! i hope all works out! and i hope that this has helped you =]

Melissa - posted on 07/16/2010

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also I was put on complete bed rest at 20 weeks (because of the condition)...I had terrible stomach pains...but, it all worked out in the end...

Rose - posted on 07/16/2010

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just like single baby pregnancies twin preganancies are all different---my advice--just be ready for anything, at any time, and listen to your body. Don't expect to be just like someone else. I didn't have any work restrictions until 33 weeks but I got a handicap parking permit at 20 weeks because of round ligament pain with walking! Had my twins via c-section (Max was laying sideways) at 35 wks 5 days because of pre-eclampsia. (high blood pressure and protein in urine)

Kelli - posted on 07/16/2010

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I feared losing one of the babies also. I think you should put your past pregnancy behind you. Each pregnancy is different and you may have no complications with this one. I never went on bed rest and carried my b/g twins to 38weeks. I also did not have a c-section. They were 8lb5oz and 7lb 1oz. The risk for complications, pre-term labor, high blood pressure...etc are there, but you can not dwell on them. Stay positive and get as much rest as you can. You are half way there.

Jamie - posted on 07/14/2010

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Congrats! Be prepared for them to come early also the possiblity of bedrest. I was on bedrest for one month due to blood pressure issues and had an emergency c-section, but delivered my boys at 36wks 5 days Be prepared for one/both to stay behind when you go home. One of my boys stayed for twelve days in the NICU after birth, but went home healthy! During pregnancy one of my twins was diagnosed with a CCAM on his lungs ( a solid mass) which caused other complications however you would never know now. With twins there is always complications that can occur, do the best you can to stay healthy and everything else will fall into place! Good Luck, twins are such a blessing!

Amanda - posted on 07/13/2010

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Hi there! I had twins in June of 2007 at 34 weeks. My due date was not until July but I started having vomiting and my blood pressure was up and I started having contractions again. They shipped me to a medical center in Tennessee and two days later I under went a c-section. I started going into premature labor in April, I was in the hospital at leat 3 times a week for something. I had problems with my potassium being low, I had severe edema all over my body and I also formed eclampsia. I also developed a underactive thyroid problem, doctors said its something that I probably already had but the pregnancy added to it so know I am still struggling with that but its under control with medication. I pray that everything goes well with this pregnancy for you. If you ever want to talk just message me.

Heidi - posted on 07/10/2010

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Hey, I am also 19 weeks pregnant with twins. Everyone is so different and unique, I would read books on the topic and trust your own instincts and ask questions when in doubt. I personally am experiencing some thyroid issues that are still being worked out. It is scary but only so much is in our control too.

Emma - posted on 07/10/2010

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i had severe pelvic pain towards the end better known as symphisis pubis dysfunction and was on crutches, i could hardly walk! ouch! my twind were born at 38 wks plus 4 days weiging 6lbs 9 and 6lbs 11, now i know why i was in so much pain and couldnt walk!lol! good luck, i hope everything goes smoothly for you!

Breezy - posted on 07/09/2010

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Congratulations! I remember getting to 19 weeks and feeling a sense of relief! I was like yeah I can do this... just a little longer. As far as my own experience after we hit 19 weeks, was my legs swelling, sometimes just one, weird I know. I also had contractions from about 24 weeks until the little guys came out via c-section @ 35 wks. I had sciatica pain, at times extream where I had a hard time walking, the perinatologist also found kidney stones in my left kidney, this wasnt so uncomfortable, I was on pain meds because of the sciatica. I also experienced high blood pressure the last two weeks, swelling in my face and hands. I had a son 17 months after my twins were born and then soon there after we got pregnant again (accidently). This was another set of twins, unfortunatly we lost one of them at 6 wks. Congratulations! Take care of yourself, and dont feel silly calling the doctor for questions, and concerns. Its your body and you know when something isnt right! Lots of people have babies that are healthy after having something so tramatic as a 28 wk birth. Think positive, it goes a long way!

Jamie - posted on 06/20/2010

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Possiblilty of bedrest. I was on it for 3 months. There is also a good chance that your twins will come early so be prepared for that. None of this means you will not have perfectly healthy twins! Good luck and congratulations!

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