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Is a preterm birth more likely with twins?

By Manuel Aparicio Caballero.
Last Update: 09/24/2018

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a preterm birth occurs when the child is born before the week 37 of pregnancy. Some of the most common causes of preterm birth are:

  • Overdistention of the uterus: loss of tone in the uterine musculature that prevents this organ to recover its normal size.
  • Infection or uterine inflammation: certain bacteria can damage fetal membranes by causing its rupture and triggering a preterm birth. An infection that affects the uterus directly may lead to preterm birth as well.
  • Decidual bleeding: a type of vaginal bleeding that may occur while a woman is pregnant.

There exist many risk factors that can lead to premature birth, including obesity, high blood pressure, etc. A multiple pregnancy is one of these factors.

Suggested for you: Potential Complications of Multiple Pregnancies, Fraternal Twins vs. Identical Twins – What’s the Difference?, What Is Preterm Birth? – Signs, Causes & Treatment, Premature Babies – Causes, Care & Complications and Multiple Pregnancy and Assisted Reproduction.

 Manuel Aparicio Caballero
Manuel Aparicio Caballero
MD, MSc
Gynecologist
Bachelor's Degree in Medicine from the University of Murcia. Specialist in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Master's Degree in Human Reproduction from the King Juan Carlos University and the IVI. Currently, he is part of the team of Tahe Fertilidad (Murcia, Spain).
License: 303008030
Gynecologist. Bachelor's Degree in Medicine from the University of Murcia. Specialist in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Master's Degree in Human Reproduction from the King Juan Carlos University and the IVI. Currently, he is part of the team of Tahe Fertilidad (Murcia, Spain). License: 303008030.
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