Will I have premature twins?
If you are pregnant with twin then there is a 50% chance that you may have premature twins. 37 weeks is considered by doctors to be full term for pregnancy with multiples. It is said that babies that are born between 32 weeks and 37 weeks do very well. Our premature twins were born just outside that window, 30 weeks and 3 days, and they are now 9 months old. Luckily, they are both very healthy.
If your babies are born early then there is a good chance that they will end up in the NICU. Ours did, and the NICU saved their tiny lives. You should always keep in your mind that the NICU is the best possible place that your premature twins can be. If you are having triplets or more, then the chances of them being premature are even greater.
Preterm Labour and premature twins
Preterm Labour is when the mother goes into labour before the full term. Full term is 40 weeks for single births and 37 weeks for multiples. Preterm labour can lead to an early birth but these days doctors can do a lot to delay the chances of babies being born early. Do not make the same mistakes that we did. Make sure you know the symptoms of preterm labour and seek medical help immediately.
Here are some of the things that can cause preterm labour:
- Cigarette smoking
- Weight Issues- over and under weight
- Lack of prenatal care
- Alcohol and drug consumption
- Health issues – Diabetes, high blood pressure, infections
- Birth defects in the baby
- IVF babies
- Multiples pregnancy
- History of premature labour in the family
- Not waiting long enough between pregnancies
My wife went into labour 10 weeks earlier than expected. It was a scary time and it was very unexpected. For any pregnant women, I would recommend that you rest and de-stress as much as possible to ensure that this not happen to you. If you do go into pre term labour then do not panic. The NICU and modern medicine are live savers and your baby should be okay.
If you are having multiples and have any other questions then please ask me in the comments below.