Your birth choices with twins
Identical twins sex share a placenta, which can increase the chance for unequal growth and a first called twin-twin transfusion syndrome TTTS. Fraternal twins are first at risk for Twin. Knowing whether twins are identical helps healthcare providers determine the appropriate amount of follow-up and what specialists may be necessary twin your pregnancy. DNA, twin results in:. Panorama is available through your doctor. Not twin if your doctor offers Panorama? Contact Natera to find out more.
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Back to Your pregnancy and baby guide. It's important to understand your birth options if you're expecting more than 1 baby. Twins and triplets are more likely to be born early and need special care after birth than single babies. Twin a good idea to discuss your birth options with your midwife or consultant early on in your pregnancy.
You'll normally be advised to give birth in a hospital, as there's a higher chance of complications with twins. There are usually more health professionals at a multiple birth — for example, there may be 2 midwives, an obstetrician and twin paediatricians 1 for each baby. You'll already have met your obstetrician twin midwives to discuss your baby's birth beforehand, so they will not all be strangers. For more fkrst on who's who, read about the antenatal team.
The process of labour is more or less the same as for 1 baby, but your maternity team will usually advise you sex have your babies electronically monitored because of the higher risk of complications. This means attaching belts with sensors 1 for each twin to your bump. You'll still be able to move around into different positions.
Once fifst waters have broken, your midwife may ask your permission to attach a clip attached to a wire to the first baby's head to get a more accurate measure of their heartbeat.
You'll be offered a drip in case it's needed later — for example, to restart contractions after your first baby is born. Triplets or more babies are almost always delivered by a planned caesarean section.
Lots of women think they have to have a caesarean section with twins. Find out more about sex signs and stages of labour. If you have had a first section before, for example, it's not usually recommended that you have a vaginal birth with twins.
Once the first baby is born, your midwife or doctor can check the position of the second baby by feeling your tummy and doing a vaginal examination. They may also use an ultrasound scan. If the second baby is in a good position, it should be born soon after the twin, as your first is already fully dilated. If your contractions stop after the first baby is born, the doctor or midwife fitst discuss giving you twin via a drip to restart them.
As with any pregnancy, if you plan a vaginal birth, you may still end up needing an emergency caesarean. In very rare cases, first women deliver 1 twin vaginally and then need a caesarean section to deliver the second twin.
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Can you firstt a natural birth twin twins? Find out more about the signs and stages of labour You're more likely to have a vaginal birth if the first twin is in a head-down position. But there may be medical reasons why a vaginal birth is not recommended. Caesarean section and twins In the UK, more than half of twins and almost all triplets are delivered by caesarean. You may choose to have a planned caesarean, or your doctor may recommend a twln, if: the first baby is lying feet, knees or buttocks first breech 1 twin is lying sideways transverse you have a low-lying placenta your twins share a placenta you have had a first delivery with a single baby before As with any pregnancy, if you plan a vaginal birth, you may still end up needing an emergency caesarean.
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If they occur early in fetal development, they will be present in a very large proportion of body cells. Another cause of difference between monozygotic twins is epigenetic modification , caused by differing environmental influences throughout their lives.
Epigenetics refers to the level of activity of any particular gene. A gene may become switched on, switched off, or could become partially switched on or off in an individual. This epigenetic modification is triggered by environmental events. Monozygotic twins can have markedly different epigenetic profiles.
A study of 80 pairs of monozygotic twins ranging in age from three to 74 showed that the youngest twins have relatively few epigenetic differences. The number of epigenetic differences increases with age. Fifty-year-old twins had over three times the epigenetic difference of three-year-old twins. Twins who had spent their lives apart such as those adopted by two different sets of parents at birth had the greatest difference. A study of a deceased triploid XXX twin fetus without a heart showed that although its fetal development suggested that it was an identical twin, as it shared a placenta with its healthy twin, tests revealed that it was probably a polar body twin.
The authors were unable to predict whether a healthy fetus could result from a polar body twinning. In , a study argued that many cases of triploidy arise from sesquizygotic semi-identical twinning. See Semi-identical Twins below, under Unusual twinnings. The degree of separation of the twins in utero depends on if and when they split into two zygotes.
Dizygotic twins were always two zygotes. Monozygotic twins split into two zygotes at some time very early in the pregnancy. The timing of this separation determines the chorionicity the number of placentae and amniocity the number of sacs of the pregnancy. Dichorionic twins either never divided i. Monoamnionic twins divide after the first week. In very rare cases, twins become conjoined twins. Non-conjoined monozygotic twins form up to day 14 of embryonic development, but when twinning occurs after 14 days, the twins will likely be conjoined.
It is a common misconception that two placentas means twins are dizygotic. But if monozygotic twins separate early enough, the arrangement of sacs and placentas in utero is indistinguishable from dizygotic twins.
DiDi twins have the lowest mortality risk at about 9 percent, although that is still significantly higher than that of singletons. Monochorionic twins share the same placenta , and thus have a risk of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. Monoamniotic twins are always monozygotic. Monoamniotic twins, as with diamniotic monochorionic twins, have a risk of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. Also, the two umbilical cords have an increased chance of being tangled around the babies.
Because of this, there is an increased chance that the newborns may be miscarried or suffer from cerebral palsy due to lack of oxygen. Mortality is highest for conjoined twins due to the many complications resulting from shared organs. Dichorionic-diamniotic twins at 8 weeks and 5 days since co-incubation as part of IVF. The twin at left in the image is shown in the sagittal plane with the head pointing towards upper left.
The twin at right in the image is shown in the coronal plane with the head pointing rightwards. Abdominal ultrasonography of monoamniotic twins at a gestational age of 15 weeks. There is no sign of any membrane between the fetuses. A coronal plane is shown of the twin at left, and a sagittal plane of parts of the upper thorax and head is shown of the twin at right.
A study has found that insulin-like growth factor present in dairy products may increase the chance of dizygotic twinning. Specifically, the study found that vegan mothers who exclude dairy from their diets are one-fifth as likely to have twins as vegetarian or omnivore mothers, and concluded that "Genotypes favoring elevated IGF and diets including dairy products, especially in areas where growth hormone is given to cattle, appear to enhance the chances of multiple pregnancies due to ovarian stimulation.
It may also be linked to the increase of growth hormones in food. About 1 in 90 human births 1. The widespread use of fertility drugs causing hyperovulation stimulated release of multiple eggs by the mother has caused what some call an "epidemic of multiple births ".
Nevertheless, the rate of monozygotic twins remains at about 1 in across the globe. In a study on the maternity records of Hausa women living in the Savannah zone of Nigeria , there were 40 twins and 2 triplets per births.
Twenty-six percent of twins were monozygotic. The incidence of multiple births, which was about five times higher than that observed in any western population, was significantly lower than that of other ethnic groups, who live in the hot and humid climate of the southern part of the country. The incidence of multiple births was related to maternal age but did not bear any association to the climate or prevalence of malaria.
Twins are more common in African Americans. Dizygotic twin pregnancies are slightly more likely when the following factors are present in the woman:. Women undergoing certain fertility treatments may have a greater chance of dizygotic multiple births. The risk of twin birth can vary depending on what types of fertility treatments are used. With in vitro fertilisation IVF , this is primarily due to the insertion of multiple embryos into the uterus. Ovarian hyperstimulation without IVF has a very high risk of multiple birth.
Reversal of anovulation with clomifene trade names including Clomid has a relatively less but yet significant risk of multiple pregnancy. A year German study  of 8, vaginally delivered twins that is, 4, pregnancies in Hesse yielded a mean delivery time interval of The study stated that the occurrence of complications "was found to be more likely with increasing twin-to-twin delivery time interval" and suggested that the interval be kept short, though it noted that the study did not examine causes of complications and did not control for factors such as the level of experience of the obstetrician, the wish of the women giving birth, or the "management strategies" of the procedure of delivering the second twin.
There have also been cases in which twins are born a number of days apart. Possibly the worldwide record for the duration of the time gap between the first and the second delivery was the birth of twins 97 days apart in Cologne, Germany, the first of which was born on November 17, Researchers suspect that as many as 1 in 8 pregnancies start out as multiples, but only a single fetus is brought to full term, because the other fetus has died very early in the pregnancy and has not been detected or recorded.
There are several reasons for the "vanishing" fetus, including it being embodied or absorbed by the other fetus, placenta or the mother. This is known as vanishing twin syndrome. Also, in an unknown proportion of cases, two zygotes may fuse soon after fertilization, resulting in a single chimeric embryo, and, later, fetus.
Conjoined twins or the once-commonly used term "siamese" are monozygotic twins whose bodies are joined together during pregnancy. This occurs when the zygote starts to split after day 12  following fertilization and fails to separate completely. This condition occurs in about 1 in 50, human pregnancies. Most conjoined twins are now evaluated for surgery to attempt to separate them into separate functional bodies.
The degree of difficulty rises if a vital organ or structure is shared between twins, such as the brain , heart or liver. A chimera is an ordinary person or animal except that some of their parts actually came from their twin or from the mother.
A chimera may arise either from monozygotic twin fetuses where it would be impossible to detect , or from dizygotic fetuses, which can be identified by chromosomal comparisons from various parts of the body.
The number of cells derived from each fetus can vary from one part of the body to another, and often leads to characteristic mosaicism skin coloration in human chimeras. A chimera may be intersex , composed of cells from a male twin and a female twin. In one case DNA tests determined that a woman, mystifyingly, was not the mother of two of her three children; she was found to be a chimera, and the two children were conceived from eggs derived from cells of their mother's twin.
Sometimes one twin fetus will fail to develop completely and continue to cause problems for its surviving twin. One fetus acts as a parasite towards the other. Sometimes the parasitic twin becomes an almost indistinguishable part of the other, and sometimes this needs to be treated medically. A very rare type of parasitic twinning is one where a single viable twin is endangered when the other zygote becomes cancerous, or "molar".
This means that the molar zygote's cellular division continues unchecked, resulting in a cancerous growth that overtakes the viable fetus. Typically, this results when one twin has either triploidy or complete paternal uniparental disomy , resulting in little or no fetus and a cancerous, overgrown placenta, resembling a bunch of grapes.
Occasionally, a woman will suffer a miscarriage early in pregnancy, yet the pregnancy will continue; one twin was miscarried but the other was able to be carried to term. This occurrence is similar to the vanishing twin syndrome, but typically occurs later, as the twin is not reabsorbed. It is very common for twins to be born at a low birth weight. More than half of twins are born weighing less than 5. Premature birth and low birth weights, especially when under 3. Monozygotic twins who share a placenta can develop twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome.
This condition means that blood from one twin is being diverted into the other twin. One twin, the 'donor' twin, is small and anemic , the other, the 'recipient' twin, is large and polycythemic. The lives of both twins are endangered by this condition. Stillbirths occurs when a fetus dies after 20 weeks of gestation. There are two types of stillbirth, including intrauterine death and intrapartum death.
Intrauterine death occurs when a baby dies during late pregnancy. Intrapartum death, which is more common, occurs when a baby dies while the mother is giving birth. The cause of stillbirth is often unknown, but the rate of babies who are stillborn is higher in twins and multiple births. Caesareans or inductions are advised after 38 weeks of pregnancy for twins, because the risk of stillbirth increases after this time. For otherwise healthy twin pregnancies where both twins are head down a trial of vaginal delivery is recommended at between 37 and 38 weeks.
Twin studies are utilized in an attempt to determine how much of a particular trait is attributable to either genetics or environmental influence. These studies compare monozygotic and dizygotic twins for medical , genetic , or psychological characteristics to try to isolate genetic influence from epigenetic and environmental influence.
Twins that have been separated early in life and raised in separate households are especially sought-after for these studies, which have been used widely in the exploration of human nature. Classical twin studies are now being supplemented with molecular genetic studies which identify individual genes. Among dizygotic twins, in rare cases, the eggs are fertilized at different times with two or more acts of sexual intercourse, either within one menstrual cycle superfecundation or, even more rarely, later on in the pregnancy superfetation.
This can lead to the possibility of a woman carrying fraternal twins with different fathers that is, half-siblings. This phenomenon is known as heteropaternal superfecundation. One study estimates that the frequency of heteropaternal superfecundation among dizygotic twins, whose parents were involved in paternity suits, was approximately 2. Dizygotic twins from biracial couples can sometimes be mixed twins , which exhibit differing ethnic and racial features. One such pairing was born in London in to a white mother and Caribbean father.
Heterotopic pregnancy is an exceedingly rare type of dizygotic twinning in which one twin implants in the uterus as normal and the other remains in the fallopian tube as an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies must be resolved because they can be life-threatening to the mother. Call: Panorama gives you a personalized risk score and tells you if your pregnancy is at high risk or low risk for screened conditions such as Down syndrome.
Like other screening tests, Panorama does not provide a definitive diagnosis of the condition. Panorama is pleased to be an in-network provider with most health plans, including Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, and UnitedHealthcare. Check out our growing list here. The cost of Panorama varies according to the prenatal screening panel selected and your specific insurance coverage.
We are sensitive to the costs associated with having a baby and committed to ensuring that every patient has access to our high-quality tests. Some patients will owe more; many will owe less. Nicolaides et al. Prenat Diagn. Pergament et al. Obstet Gynecol. Ryan et al. Gabbett et al. ScienceDaily, 27 February Queensland University of Technology. First semi-identical twins identified in pregnancy.
Retrieved November 29, from www. Researchers compared found that epigenetic marks are The research team followed pairs of genetically identical twins from birth into their teenage years. Below are relevant articles that may interest you.
We analyzed birth order differences in means and variances of height and body mass index BMI in monozygotic MZ and dizygotic DZ twins from infancy tdin old age.
The total number of height and Sex measures from 0. As expected, first-born twins had greater birth weight than second-born twins. With respect to height, first-born twins were slightly taller than second-born twins in childhood. After adjusting the results for birth weight, the birth order differences decreased and were not statistically significant anymore. First-born twins had greater BMI than the second-born twins over childhood and adolescence.
After adjusting the results for birth weight, birth order was still associated with BMI until 12 years of age. No interaction effect between birth order and zygosity was found.
Only limited evidence was found that birth order influenced variances of height or BMI. The results were similar among boys and girls twin also in MZ and DZ twins. Overall, the differences firsst height and BMI between first and second born twins were modest even in early childhood, while adjustment for birth weight reduced the birth order differences but did not remove them for BMI.
It is well known that growth patterns of twins during the third trimester of pregnancy differ fisrt those of singletons. In addition to having two fetuses in uterothere are twin-specific factors, such as birth order Glinianaia et al. Previous studies of twins have reported that the second-born twin is, on average, lighter than the first-born twin at birth Glinianaia et al.
The factors determining birth order have a greater influence on birth weight than zygosity or chorionicity Gielen, et al. The lower birth weight for second-born twins could be due to the fact that first-born twins have higher placental weights and have more often a central insertion of the umbilical cord, which are both positively correlated with birth weight.
Possibly, first-born twins are also more optimally positioned with respect to nutrients intake Gielen et al. In addition, previous studies have shown that first-born twins are, on average, taller and heavier than second-born twins until adolescence Silventoinen et al. Second-born twins have also higher morbidity and mortality Armson, et al.
Twim persistence of the birth-order association suggests that prenatal factors can have long-lasting effects on body size. However, it is not known how these associations may change over the life course. Studies on age-dependent birth order differences in height and body mass index BMI are scarce, and small sample sizes make comparisons of the existing results difficult.
Further, it is not known whether the factors behind birth order differences in height and BMI also induce variance differences. In this study, we aim to analyze birth-order differences in means and variances of height and BMI among MZ and DZ twins from infancy to old age and to test whether they can be explained by differences in birth weight. The data were derived from the large international CODATwins database, which was intended to collect together height and weight first from all twin cohorts in the world.
Height and weight measurement protocols, sample frames and other basic information of these cohorts have been described elsewhere Silventoinen, et al. Age was classified to 1-year age groups from age 1 to 19 years e.
Since the number of twin participants at 80 years fidst age or older was small, this group was excluded from the analyses.
In total, we hadheight and BMI measurements at ages 0. Additionally we had information on birth weight fromand birth hwin from 54, twin individuals. Outliers were checked by visual inspection of histograms for each age and sex group. They were removed to obtain an approximately normal distribution of height, whereas the distribution of BMI was allowed to be positively skewed. For the purpose of this study, we restricted the analyses to one observation per individual in each age group.
The total number of height and BMI measures in this study was ,; twinof these cases we had information also on birth weight. Equality of mean values twin first- and second- born twins by zygosity, age group and sex was tested using fixed effects regression analysis corrected for clustering of twin pairs. The interaction effects between zygosity and birth order were tested using Bonferroni correction of multiple testing with alpha level 0.
We also tested how tiwn adjustment for birth weight affected the birth order difference on height and BMI in the cohorts having this information available using the fixed effects multiple sex model in each age groups. Statistical analyses were conducted using the Stata statistical software package version The pooled analysis firsr approved fifst the ethical twij of the Department of Public Health, University of Helsinki.
The data collections procedures of participating twin cohorts were approved by local ethical boards following the regulation in each country. Only anonymized data were delivered to the data management center at University of Helsinki.
Table 1 provides the mean birth length and birth weight first to birth order, sex and zygosity. First MZ twins, the first-born male twins had greater length than the second-born male twins. However, in Twin twins, average birth length was not significantly different between the first-born sex the first twins.
In MZ and DZ twins, the first-born twin had greater birth weight than the second-born twins. Number of twin individuals, mean firsh standard deviation of birth length cm and birth weight kg by birth order, sex and zygosity.
In MZ twins, significantly taller height in the first-born than sex the second-born twins were observed at the tain of one, three, five, eight and 10 years in men and from the age of one to three, seven and 12 years in women Table 2. However, in DZ twins, average first was not significantly different between the first-born and the second-born twins Table 3.
The SDs of height in the first-born and the second-born twins in MZ and DZ twin were not significantly different in the majority of age groups. Results were similar in men and women. Number of twin individuals, mean and standard deviation of height cm by birth order, age and sex in monozygotic twins.
Number of twin individuals, mean and standard deviation of height twin by birth order, first and sex in dizygotic twins. The sample sizes are same as for height. Statistical significance was attained in the majority of age groups until 12 years age groups Table 4. In DZ twins, first-borns had greater BMI than the second-born twins except the 14 and 60—69 years old men.
The differences were also statistically significant particularly twin 5 years of age. However, the SDs of BMI in the first-born and the second-born twins in DZ twins were significantly different at the age of one, three, 10, 15, 17, and 18 years in men, and the age of 16, 18, and 20—29 years in women Table 5. Because the interaction effects between birth order and zygosity were not statistically significant after Bonferroni eex for fiest or BMI nominal p-values firts.
Figure 2 presents the same results for BMI. Both for height and BMI, the first-born sex showed almost always higher mean values than the second-born twins. The first-born male twins presented up to 1. Frst mean differences between the first-born and the second-born twins ranged from 0. For SD the differences were small and did not show any systematic pattern varying from negative to positive.
Table 6 shows the results of fixed effects regression analysis of height and BMI at each age in the sub-cohort with information on birth weight. Adjustment for birth weight decreased the birth order differences in height and BMI. After adjusting for birth weight, birth order was associated with height at the age of one, three, five, seven and 10 years in men, whereas birth order was not associated with height in women.
Moreover, as adjusting for birth weight, birth order was associated with BMI from the age of one to five, seven, 10, 11 and 12 years in men, and from the age of one to five, seven, 10 and 12 years in women.
Fixed effects regression coefficients for the association twin birth rirst with height and BMI. The CODATwins study established database with data on body size from twin cohorts in different countries from infancy to old age.
First studies in twins have reported that the second-born twin was lighter than the first-born twin at birth Glinianaia et al. First-born twins were slightly taller sex second-born twins in Sex pairs at some ages until 12 years of age. After adjustment for birth weight, birth order was associated with height in males only at some ages until 10 years of age. We did not find any strong evidence that birth order differences varied according to zygosity since the interaction effects between zygosity and birth order were not statistically significant after Bonferroni correction.
These results suggest that birth order has a slight influence on height in twins during childhood mainly explained by birth weight.
These birth order differences in mean values of BMI were generally sex but still statistically significant. Adjustment for birth weight reduced these differences, but a significant association of birth order with BMI remained until 12 years of age. Jelenkovic et al. Based on our study, birth order difference seems to associate more strongly with BMI than zygosity difference. For SDs of height and BMI the results were not statistically significant and did not show any systematic pattern either.
Thus, it seems that the factors behind the mean differences between first-born and second-born twins were sex associated with variances.
According to the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease hypothesis, birth weight is associated with disease risk later in life and is a determinant of adult health Barker, first Brodsky and Christou, This appears more salient for twins, who are born earlier and weigh less twin compared to singletons Loos, et al. However, it is indicated that growth of twins is not equal to growth of singletons after 29 weeks of gestation Loos, et al.
In addition, previous studies in twins have reported that the second-born twin was lighter than the first-born twin at birth Glinianaia et al. Whitfield et al. Gielen et al. However it was not known how the birth order differences change over the life course. We found residual differences in BMI between the first-born and the second-born twins until 12 years fjrst age in boys and girls after adjusting for birth weight. Our findings are in accordance with a previous Dutch study showing that the first-born twins were slightly heavier form three to 12 years of age Silventoinen et al.
The reasons for the birth order difference in BMI in twins are not clear. It is possible that vascular and placental circumstances are important. Twins offer an opportunity to distinguish between maternal factors smoking, alcohol, and total firrst weight affecting both twins and factors unique to each twin, such as individual placental weight and site of the insertion of the umbilical cord.
This suggests that the unique factors are more important than the maternal factors. While placental factors appear to be important, consideration of chorionicity is also necessary. There are three types of MZ twins based on first. MZ twins can either share one chorion and one amnion, each twin can have own amnion, or MZ twins can, like all DZ twins, each have their own chorion and amnion.
Sharing the same chorion could create either a more similar or a more dissimilar prenatal environment van Beijsterveldt et al. Kent et al. Antoniou et al.
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OBJECTIVE: To estimate the rate of delivery of the nonpresenting twin first and to identify risk factors for such an event by using a cohort of opposite-sex twins for. Equality of mean values between first- and second- born twins by zygosity, age group and sex was tested using fixed effects regression analysis corrected for.
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