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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Newborn and Infant Care
what is the prognosis for twins being born at 29 weeks?
Management of a twin pregnancy is different than a single pregnancy. Women who are pregnant with twins are at greater risk for a number of complications including preterm labor and delivery, hypertension, anemia, dysfunctional labor and postpartum hemorrhage. The risk for a preterm delivery (delivery prior to 38 weeks gestation) depends upon a number of factors. In addition to the twin pregnancy, some of the other risk factors include maternal age of 18-20 and over 40 years, single parent, height less than five feet, weight less than one hundred pounds, history of abortions, history of preterm birth, working outside the home, smoking more than half a pack per day of cigarettes, unusual fatigue and weight gain less than twelve pounds by 32 weeks. Based on your personal history and situation your own health care provider can discuss with you your individual risk for delivery of twins at twenty-nine weeks.
Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati