Pregnancy news, 02/02/2017
Beyonce’s announcement that she is expecting twins has quickly become the most-liked Instagram post of all time.
We’re so excited for Queen B and love that she’s announced her multiple pregnancy to the world. She wrote on Instagram:
‘We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two.’
Multiple pregnancies are getting more common because they are linked to infertility treatments, which are becoming more available. The most common multiple is twins. Most women who are pregnant with twins deliver healthy babies but carrying more than one baby increases the health risks for the mother and baby.
Our midwife Amanda explains:
‘Multiple pregnancies are considered high risk so if you are carrying more than one baby you will be put into the care of a special team of obstetricians and specialist midwives who will monitor your pregnancy carefully. With twins you are at higher risk of conditions like pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes, which can cause premature birth or lead to induction. Your health team will monitor you closely for these conditions throughout your pregnancy. You may go into labour early with multiple pregnancy but if you don’t, many twin pregnancies are induced by 38 weeks because the health risks increase after that. Most women with twins stay healthy throughout pregnancy and deliver healthy babies.’
Congratulations to the Carter family on their doubly exciting news!
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