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.

 

Resources

 

For more information on identical twin gestations visit Monoamniotic.org


Twin-To-Twin Transfusion FAQs

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.

Interventional procedure overview of intrauterine laser ablation of placental vessels for the treatment of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome

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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