Twin Pregnancies Are Trending—But They Also Come With Complications

Call it the Beyoncé effect: More women are trying to conceive twins these days. But here's what you need to consider before you conceive.

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Megan Zander has always been fit and health-conscious, so when she conceived her twin boys, she was sure her pregnancy would be similarly healthy. And for most of it, it was...but then complications struck.

"For the first 27 weeks, it was awesome...and then I went into painless contractions and premature labor at 27 weeks completely out of nowhere. I had a picture-perfect pregnancy up until that point," Zander told Fit Pregnancy. "I went in for my checkup...and they were like 'you're dilated.' We have to go across the street to the hospital right now. For 48 hours I was on a cocktail of medicines, and that worked. They were able to keep me pregnant, but then I was on strict bedrest until my boys were finally prematurely delivered at 32 weeks."

Zander's story isn't uncommon: Twin pregnancies come with some significant risks—for example, most women aren't expected to make it to term if they're pregnant with twins. But despite these increased risks that come with carrying twins, women are hoping to join a club stars like Beyoncé and Amal Clooney are part of, and one fertility doctor is speaking out about this.

Seattle-based fertility doctor Lora Shahine, MD, spoke to a news outlet about how twin pregnancies are "trending" right now—according to the doctor, a shockingly large percentage of her patients have expressed interest in double embryo transfers since Beyoncé and Amal announced their news. There's no doubt about it: Twin pregnancies are hot right now—and that has Dr. Shahine concerned.

"Our goal is one healthy baby at a time," Dr. Shahine told KOMO News. "And I know it's going to take a lot of counseling to talk to patients about that."

That's not to say that safely giving birth to twins is out of the question, but even someone like Zander (who has a set of perfectly healthy boys) believes women should familiarize themselves with the risks. 

"Twins are so much fun. You think about the matching outfits and all the attention they're going to get, and then you realize there's a reason they call twins high risk. There's a lot that can go wrong," Zander, who agrees there's a lack of awareness where these risks are concerned, said. "My kids are here and I'm really, really fortunate that they don't have any long-term effects of being born prematurely, but I have a lot of friends who have twins where that's not the case. I'm not saying I wouldn't do it again and my boys are amazing, but if somebody has the means to have two separate pregnancies, I think it's safer. [If you conceive twins] you are sort of opting in to a classification of pregnancy where things can and do go wrong."