How do twin pregnancies differ from single baby pregnancies?


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A twin pregnancy can be riskier than a singleton pregnancy, explains WebMD. The expectant mother may require more folic acid, roughly 1 milligram per day as opposed to the recommended 0.4 milligrams for a singleton pregnancy. Higher levels of human chorionic gonadotropin can result in more severe morning sickness.

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A twin pregnancy puts more stress on a woman's body, according to WebMD. Women with twins complain about more back pain, heartburn and sleeping difficulties; they are also at greater risk for maternal anemia and bleeding after delivery. There may be more spotting during a twin pregnancy, though heavy bleeding combined with cramps and clots is always a warning sign.

While there is no standard weight gain during pregnancy, women with twins average roughly 30 to 35 pounds of weight gain compared to other women's 25 pounds, states WebMD. With a twin pregnancy, women should try to gain between 15 to 40 pounds as less than 15 and more than 40 are potentially unhealthy. The recommended weight gain also varies based on prepregnancy weight.

During a twin pregnancy, the mother may also be at greater risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and preterm labor, notes WebMD. However, the gestational diabetes has a lower morbidity rate than among singleton pregnancy. Twin pregnancy is more likely to occur naturally among women in their 30s and 40s. Fetal movement does not begin any earlier than in singleton pregnancy.

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