The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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The treatments themselves don’t make a pregnancy high risk; the medical issues that often cause female infertility, such as diabetes, endometriosis, fibroids or simply being older, may. (“Male factor” issues are responsible for the infertility approximately 40 percent of the time, but treatment is often the same.)
However, up to 40 percent of such pregnancies result in twins. These pregnancies carry a three to six times higher risk for problems, such as high blood pressure, preterm delivery and low birth weight babies.
Every week we seem to deliver at least one set of twins at my hospital. A couple of weeks ago we had three. Two sets were delivered vaginally—scheduled inductions; one was delivered by scheduled cesarean section. Those twins are a lot of trouble. Throughout pregnancy there's twice as much to worry about. Are they growing properly? Is their growth relatively symmetrical? Is one twin huge and the other tiny? How's the placenta (or placentas) holding up? How about contractions? Carrying two babies annoys the heck out of the uterus.
Fit Pregnancy contributing editor Carole Anderson Lucia narrates behind-the-scenes footage from her C-section with twins Claire and Aidan at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women in San Diego.
Double the fun, but also double the trouble. That's the word from actress Angelina Jolie when it comes to breastfeeding her twins, People magazine reports. After three months of nursing, the mom-half of the dynamic duo known as "Brangelina" said she's weaned twins Knox and Vivienne, now 4 months old. The twins are the youngest of her six children with the dad-half of the duo, actor Brad Pitt.
Q: We're having twins. Must we buy two of everything for the nursery?
Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony welcomed their twins Max and Emme on February 22nd. Emme weighed in at 5 pounds, 7 ounces, while her brother weighed 6 pounds. The twins are Lopez's first children. Anthony has three children from previous relationships.
The couple sold exclusive rights to the first photos of their babies to People.com for a reported $6 million.
Congratulations to J-Lo and Marc Anthony on their beautiful bundles of joy!