It is a fact multiple births are admirable but it is also a fact that multiple births have risks. In this article we will look at some of the risks of multiple births and some of the things we can possibly do, to prevent or minimize these risks.
Some Risks of Multiple Births
Some of the risks likely to be associated with multiple births are prematurity, the possibility of pre-eclampsia and placental mal function, gestational diabetes, stunted growth of the fetuses, cerebral palsy, excessive bleeding during delivery and anemia.
The most common risks of multiple births are the babies being born before their due date-premature births. Very often in multiple births the pregnancy does not last for full term. In these cases the gestational period lasts between thirty five (35) to thirty-seven (37) weeks, withstanding that the gestational period is forty (40) weeks for human pregnancy.
A premature birth for any baby indicates the likelihood of an adverse outcome for the baby’s life and health. For this reason premature babies are detained in the hospital until when they have a better chance for survival. I must say that, most if not all the risks the risks that are likely for single births are also likely for multiple births. However, with multiple births the risks are much higher than for single birth events. To care for premature babies is very difficult. The later the babies are born to their due date the less the health risks and health challenges they experience.
It must be mentioned that there can also be the problem that one of the babies may have a poor chance of survival while in the womb. In this case the Obstetrician/Gynecologist has to make a decisive call to save the life of the mother and other baby or babies. The presentation of the position of the baby is very crucial.
This mother or next of kin has to weigh in on this immediate decision for lives. This therefore, means that mother, if possible, and next of kin must be attentive to the wise counsel of the professional doctor. I say that to say this that often times counsel is accepted from untrained and ignorant persons over the knowledge and the experienced medics.
What would you do if you were called to make a decision for life in a case such as this with respect to your baby….and you?
What Can a Pregnant Woman Do to Prevent or Minimize the Risks of Multiple Births?
These are some tips with an aim to prevent or minimize the risks which may be associated with multiple births and also to ensure the mother and babies well-being.
In order to prevent or minimize the risks of multiple births, the following should be adhered to.
The pregnant woman should:
Eat properly. Attend to good nutrition. Eat healthy as your nutrition counts. The number of fetuses indicates the dietary needs for self and babies. Remember good nutrition is a good key to you and your babies’ health. Do not forget to take your folic supplement in order to prevent neural tube defects.
Follow the advice of your doctor and or nutritionist.
Get proper counseling regarding risks among other things.
Apply lessons learned from counselling and educational sessions
Comply with medication instructions if these are prescribed
Attend for Antenatal (prenatal) care
It is always important to keep your appointment
Be selective of your health care provider. Remember that it is always good when experience professional services are employed. This is good for babies as well as the pregnant mother’s health care. Remember this: Multiple births need specialized health care. This cannot be over-emphasized.
Have an open line of communication with your doctor and other health providers whose care you are in. Be in touch.
Surround yourself who can and will give you good support.
Get enough rest and be happy.
Be prepared for early delivery before the thirty-fifth (35th ) week of pregnancy. Your preparation will add to your peace of mind.