Life is a gift that’s why to most women; a pregnancy is always a reason for a celebration. A baby is a blessing so when God blesses a woman with two babies, it doubles the excitement and the happiness that a woman feels.
People are often captivated with twin or multiple pregnancies. They get amazed at how twins resemble each other and how they carry the same genetic material. There are two types of twin pregnancies; the first type is called Monozygotic while the second type is called Dizygotic. Monozygotic births occur when a woman’s egg splits in two resulting to identical twins. Dizygotic births happen when a woman releases two eggs, each fertilized by a sperm. Dizygotic births produce fraternal twins.
Symptoms of twin pregnancies
Just like any other normal pregnant woman, a woman who is carrying multiple babies also experiences a lot of physical and emotional changes. She’ll experience drastic changes in her appetite; makes frequent trips to the bathroom, and easily gets nauseated. However, there are certain signs that point towards twin pregnancies. One of the early signs of twin pregnancy is weight gain. Although it is common for pregnant women to gain weight but due to the increased uterus size, women with twin pregnancies gain twice as much weight as women with single pregnancies. Another sign is severe morning sickness. Many women with multiple pregnancy noticed that the nausea they are feeling is worse than with single pregnancy.
Reasons of twin pregnancies
There are various reasons behind twin pregnancies. Multiple pregnancies are most of the time hereditary. If you have relatives who have had multiple pregnancies then there is a possibility that you too could produce twins.
Some say and believe that eating yam or other dairy products is another method to help a woman get pregnant with twins. According to some, yam excretes a chemical which helps women to hyper ovulate; this means that more than one egg cell is released during the woman’s menstrual cycle, increasing the chances of twin pregnancies.
There are also other methods available if you cannot get pregnant with twins naturally. One can seek medical help and go through in vitro fertilization. IVF is the combining of a woman’s egg and a man’s sperm in a laboratory dish. After which, the fertilized egg or embryo is then transferred to the woman’s womb to implant and grow naturally. Normally, IVF is a procedure undergone by couples who have the inability to produce babies but it can also be an option for those wanting to bear twins.
Risks and Complications
Multiple pregnancies are immediately considered high-risk. There are a number of things that you need to watch out for if you are pregnant with twins. While it is true that you would need to increase your calorie intake as you are not just eating for 2 but for 3 human beings, one must need to watch out not to gain too much weight as it might result to complications during labor. A woman with a twin pregnancy might be asked to see her obstetrician/gynecologist more frequently that a woman with single pregnancy. It is also likely that you go through a caesarean section when pregnant with twins. It is still possible, though, to give birth through vaginal delivery but it would all depend on the babies’ weight and your health.