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Reasons Twins are Born Early

Why Many Multiples Arrive Before Their Due Date

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Updated July 13, 2008

It's estimated that fifty percent of twins are born prior to 36 weeks gestation, almost a month before the standard 40 weeks of a singleton baby. Triplets and other higher order multiples have an even greater chance of being born early. In some cases, preterm labor can not be halted, while in other situations, risks to the mother or babies require an early conclusion to the pregnancy. Will your babies be born early? Here are some of the most common reasons why.

Preterm Labor

Early onset of labor is common in a multiple pregnancy for many reasons

Preeclampsia

Placenta Problems

Ruptured Amniotic Membranes

Mo-Mo Twins

Growth Restriction

Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome

Gestational Diabetes

Impact on Mother's Heart

Considered Term at 38 Weeks

Parent's Poll: When Did You Deliver?

Over 1,200 parents of multiples have responded to this poll. What about you? Were your twins preemies at twenty-nine weeks, or full-blown at forty?

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