Pregnancy Symptoms Twins IVF

The common belief is that with assisted reproductive technique, there is a high probability of having twin or multiple pregnancies. Many couples who visit a fertility clinic share their concerns regarding having twins or multiple pregnancies with the IVF procedure. However, the risk of multiple pregnancies is only in the case of certain IVF procedures and not all.
Pregnancy Symptoms for Twins in IVF
Pregnancy Symptoms for Twins in IVF

 

In general, the possibility of IVF twins percentage is 3% and is triplets 0.1%. The statistics for IVF twins is 25%, and the likelihood of triplets is 4%. It has, however, been noticed that over recent years, multiple pregnancies are becoming more common with natural pregnancies. This could be due to the fact that women now have children when they are older. Age increases the likelihood of multiple pregnancies.

Women who undergo IVF treatment can expect to have multiple pregnancies due to a number of different factors related to the procedure. Under the IUI treatment where the sperm of the male partner is injected into the woman uterus, there is a high possibility that more than one egg may fertilise leading to multiple pregnancies. In this procedure, the sperm is washed, and only the healthy ones are injected into the female partners’ uterus. Since the sperm used, are mainly of good quality, and they are in the vicinity of the eggs, there is a possibility that multiple eggs may get fertilised. This is not a rule, and generally, IUI results in a single pregnancy.

Pregnancy Symptoms for Twins in IVF

Many IVF patients are apprehensive about having twins and the effect that the multiple pregnancies will have on their body. Here are a few initial twin pregnancy symptoms which can tell you not only that you are pregnant but that you are probably expecting twins or more. It is also important to understand that different women’s bodies respond differently, and it is not mandatory that you experience all of these symptoms of having twins. Similarly, it is also possible that you may be having twins, even if you do not have any of these signs of twins. Or you could have these symptoms and have a single pregnancy.

Every woman is curious about the success of her IVF procedure. These are just general lookout of IVF pregnancy symptoms twins that can give you an initial inkling about your pregnancy and the possibility that you may be expecting multiple babies.

Extreme Fatigue: Fatigue is a common pregnancy symptom. However, mothers who are expecting twins are likely to feel unusually very tired. With twins, your hormone levels are twice as much. When your body says it is tired, it is best to rest for a while.

Mood Swings: A certain amount of mood swings is common for a woman during a hormonal change in her body, which includes during her menstrual cycle. However, if a woman is showing signs of unusually sudden mood changes, it is worth taking note that she just might be pregnant with twins. If these mood swings have increased after an IVF procedure, then you can be pretty sure you are pregnant and probably have twins on the way.

Nausea: Women who are expecting twins begin to experience nausea much earlier on in their pregnancy — most women expecting twin experience very severe morning sickness.

High HCG Levels: When you are expecting twins, your HCG levels go up very high. The pregnancy test will give you a pregnancy confirmation much soon than you would have got with a single pregnancy.

Weight Gain: When you are expecting twins, you will find that you suddenly start putting on weight. Weight gain is experienced due to the increased blood volume and the larger size of the uterus. You may also feel the desire to eat more.

Expecting twins puts the mother and the babies at high risk. If you are expecting twins, ensure that you eat well and get proper rest.

Despite all the signs and symptoms that you may be experiencing, it is best not to jump to conclusions. An ultrasound is the best way to confirm the nagging suspicion that you may be having twins.

IVF Twin Pregnancy Complications

In twin pregnancies, according to a study, the rate of caesarean section, vaginal bleeding, and preterm labour are comparatively common after IVF, but not to a statistical significance as compared to that of normal twins. Assisted reproduction is associated with low birth weight only in twin pregnancies when controlled for confounding variables.

Moreover, twin pregnancies also result in complications in mother, such as late miscarriages, high blood pressure and Pre-eclampsia.

IVF Twins Pregnancy Week by Week

After noticing an early sign of pregnancy, a home pregnancy test confirms it. However, only a healthcare provider can confirm the twin pregnancy. Although it is usually detected during the 12 week’s ultrasound scan.

 

Table Showing IVF Twin Pregnancy Week by Week:

Pregnancy Week Baby Growth and Development
1-4 Weeks Implantation happens, and Placenta begins to form
5-8 Weeks Organs like Brain, Spinal Cord, Heartbeats start to form
9-13 Weeks Fingers, Tooth-buds, Facial feature appear & Urine forms
14-17 Weeks Baby’s sex organs form, Eyes in motion, Tiny movements
18-22 Weeks Thumb Sucking, Hearing develops, Tiny body hairs appear
23-27 Weeks Fingerprints shape, lungs prepare, Babies respond to sound
28-32 Weeks Eyes open, Bones harden, Brain Develops
33-36 Weeks Vital organs develop, Weight Gains
37-40 Weeks Head down position, Labour and Childbirth with Twins

 

Twin IVF Pregnancy – Patient Testimonial

My husband and I opted for IVF Treatment at Medicover Fertility, due to our difficulty in conceiving for almost two years. But with the support of the team and wonderful treatment by the doctor, we finally conceived. After a few weeks, we came to know that I was pregnant with twins. For me, that was great news and a bit stressing as well because it was usually a preconceived notion that conceiving with twins is a bit risky task and it also affects the baby’s health. My husband and I took great care of all precautions and steps, along with regular check-up to ensure the good health of our babies and myself. Today I’m happy to announce that we are blessed with two healthy twin babies without any complications to them as well as to me. I would also like to suggest that a little bit of weight gain is normal in such circumstances, but, taking good care of every detail will definitely help you avoid all associated risks. It’s just how better you take care of yourself.

Conclusion

Thus, from the entire article we can come to a conclusion that although the symptoms of a twin pregnancy are similar to that of singleton pregnancy, twin pregnancy often experience heightened symptoms like extreme fatigue, severe nausea, fast weight gain, etc.

Twin pregnancy, apart from certain risks or complications as that in a singleton pregnancy, if taken good care of, can help in a healthy delivery with a healthy baby and mother.

FAQs

Q – What are the Symptoms of Twins in First Trimester?

A – Being pregnant with twins symptoms in the first trimester include extreme fatigue, high HCG levels, mood swings, fast weight gain, nausea etc.

Q – What are the Chances of Having Twins in In-Vitro Fertilisation?

A – IVF is a blessing for many infertile couples across the globe. It increases the possibility of a woman to conceive, after trying naturally for long. Although the chances of a twin pregnancy are slightly high as compared to normal ones, it is usually associated with increased age.

Q – What Causes Twin Pregnancy?

A – Twin pregnancy is usually a result of old age or due to a family history of twins.

Q – How Soon can Twins be Detected after IVF?

A – The earliest you are likely to find out twin pregnancy is between 10 weeks and 13 weeks when you have your dating scan. Ultrasound is helpful in diagnosing twins.  

Q – What are the Chances of Twins with IVF and Two Embryos?

A – There is increased chances of twins with IVF and two embryos and compared to that of single embryo transfer.

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