How common are birth defects in a multiple gestation pregnancy?

Dr. David McKenna explains the birth defects that are possible in a multiple gestation pregnancy. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

How common are birth defects in a multiple gestation pregnancy?

Multiple gestations have at least twice as many birth defects as singleton gestations and that's true for twins. The higher order multiples really going to have more, higher frequency of birth defects.

 

Multiple gestation pregnancies carry a higher risk of complications, and that can include birth defects, according to the American Society for Reproductive MedicineOff Site Icon (ASRM). Mothers who are expecting multiple babies can expect certain prenatal testing for some risk factors, according to the ASRM.

Multiple gestations are more likely than single gestations to have a preterm birth, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and GynecologistsOff Site Icon (ACOG). Preterm multiples of the same gestational age as preterm singles are more likely to have complications leading to cerebral palsy, according to the ACOG.

For more information about birth defects possible in a multiple gestation pregnancy, talk to your doctor.

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