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Twin Pregnancy - Double the Trouble?

Multiple pregnancies demand much closer scrutiny to ensure happy, healthy arrivals, writes obstetrician Dr Emma Parry  Many a woman, newly pregnant for the first time, has secretly hoped for twins - double the fun with half the effort, right? But, …

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Twin Conception

Twice as nice - or double the trouble? Sarah Tennant explores the fascinating facts behind the conception of twins. It's a rare woman who doesn't stop and smile at the sight of twins napping in a pram or toddling about in matching dresses. From …

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Chorionicity

Whether or not your twins are identical will depend on whether they are the result of a single fertilised egg splitting to form two babies (monozygotic), or whether they are the result of two separate eggs being fertilised by two separate sperm …

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Zygosity

Monozygotic twins are twins which are the result of a single fertilised egg splitting to form two separate babies. They are more commonly known as identical twins, and they share all the same genetic markers. They are always the same sex. However, …

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Two for the price of one

For most people, finding out they are expecting twins comes as something of a shock, with plenty of things to consider. Twice as nice, but also twice the preparation - two cots, two car seats, two sets of clothes, and only half as much …

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Weekly guide multiple pregnancies

In some ways, your twin or triplet pregnancy will be very similar to a singleton pregnancy, in other ways it will be very different. You may find that symptoms such as morning sickness are far more intense, and your belly will get bigger far more …

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Twin To Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS)

Twin To Twin Transfusion Syndrome is a disease which affects twin or higher order multiple pregnancies where one or more babies share a common placenta. It is caused by abnormalities in the interconnecting blood vessels in the placenta which supply …

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Twins or More

Every year in New Zealand around 1000 families will welcome twins, triplets or occasionally even higher order multiples. That number is increasing every year, partly due to the increase in fertility treatments such as clomiphene and IVF which have a …

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Multiple pregnancies guide weeks 37-39

Weeks 37-40 You are probably now well and truly over being pregnant! If your babies have not arrived yet, your LMC will discuss scheduling an induction or a caesarian section for some time around 37-38 weeks. Delivery is recommended by 38 weeks as …

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