Preterm labor with twins (also know as premature or early labor) is basically labor that happens before 37 weeks gestation. It is always a topic of concern during twin pregnancy considering that approximately 50% of twin births are premature. Although there are still an overwhelming number of healthy premature twin births, when they are born between 32 and 37 weeks, it's much better to be informed about the possibility of early labor, as well as the signs, symptoms and treatments.
There are a few groups of women who are generally at the greatest risk of preterm labor with twins. They include women with particular cervical and/or uterine abnormalities, women who have experienced a prior preterm birth, and, of course, women who are carrying twins or more. Some women may even have to deal with all of these factors during pregnancy. That said, the actual cause is often unknown. Because early labor can be triggered by a problem with the babies, the mother, or both, there is just no definitive answer.
There are several symptoms of preterm labor to familiarize yourself with
(listed below). It's also good idea to talk to your doctor about your
particular risks, as well as paying close attention to your body during twin pregnancy.
Sometimes it may only be a gut feeling to go on, so always follow your
instincts and call your doctor if you are ever in doubt.
*NOTE: This list is in NO WAY meant to be used as
actual medical advice. Instead, it should be seen as an informative
guide on some of the most common signs and symptoms of premature labor
with twins. Again, ALWAYS consult the proper healthcare provider
regarding any questions or concerns you have.
Preterm labor with twins is usually diagnosed and/or treated in the hospital. If
you have indeed been diagnosed, there are a few different treatment
options (usually decided by your doctor or midwife). They generally
include the following
*It should be noted that preterm labor is not always treated. If your pregnancy has progressed to close to 37 weeks or if there is a serious medical problem regarding mother, baby or both, labor is generally allowed to continue.
There are a few good things you can do for your body that could play a big role in preventing preterm labor and birth of your twins.
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