18. Do identical multiples present additional risks during pregnancy?
Mono-amniotic and mono-chorionic gestations do present some additional complications such as cord entanglement and conjoining. Also, if one monochorionic multiple is lost early in pregnancy, the co-multiple is at a greater risk of being miscarried as well.
The greatest risk in
a mono-amniotic or mono-chorionic pregnancy is twin-to-twin transfusion
syndrome. These situations can be managed through vigilant monitoring,
and expectant parents should note that these complications are extremely
rare in a higher-order multiples.
For more information on identical twin gestations visit Monoamniotic.org
Twin-To-Twin Transfusion Syndrome Foundation is solely dedicated to providing immediate and lifesaving educational, emotional and financial support to families, medical professionals, and other caregivers before, during, and after a diagnosis of twin to twin transfusion syndrome.
Families of Conjoined Twins - A PRIVATE YAHOO Group offering support and friendship group for families with or expecting conjoined twins and for families with children who were born conjoined.
MOST also offers our book Expecting Multiples: A Comprehensive Guide covering a variety of topics related to pregnancy and delivery of higher-order multiples.
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