Beyonce, 35 year old singer announced that she is pregnant with twins on her social media. Beyonce Jay-Z’s wife announced the news by putting her big bump in an Instagram snap posted on Wednesday 1/2/2017. She didn’t say her due date but according to the picture she is believed to be four or five months pregnant. ‘We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes.’- Beyonce Knowles.
The news thrilled her fans who congratulated her. We also congratulate her. Having multiple pregnancy in which twin pregnancy is the commonest is not an easy task since it is associated with many complications for both the mother and the babies. We will highlight some of these complications in this article.
Complications for the mother
Twin pregnancy or multiple pregnancy in general is associated with increased vomiting (hyperemesis gravidarum) due to increased HCG. Due to the same increased HCG, there is increased risk (3 times) of high blood pressure in pregnancy (pre-eclampsia).
Due to increased demand for blood for the babies, twin pregnancy is associated with Anemia.
Urinary tract infection (UTIs) is common due to stasis.
Swelling of the lower limbs (oedema), haemorrhoids and varicose veins is common due to decreased venous return.
Due to over distension, there is increased risk of Premature rupture of membranes (PROM) and mal presentation of the babies.
Increased risk of bleeding after delivery (PPH) due to large placenta and uterine atony.
Due to these many complications, twin pregnancy is associated with increased rate of caeserian section (CS).
Complications for the babies
Congenital malformation for the babies is increased by two times. Low birth weight mainly due to prematurity.
Due to these many complications, there is increased risk of Intra Uterine Fetal Death (IUFD).
High mortality of the 2nd twin if not delivered within 30 minutes of 2nd stage.
Twin pregnancy or multiple pregnancy is a blessing to many families, but extra care should be taken in order to ensure safety for both the mother and the babies during the pregnancy, delivery and after care. Never miss your doctor’s appointment to monitor the progress of the pregnancy. If any complication occur, visit your Obstretic specialist.
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