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Multiple Pregnancies

Women carrying more than one fetus have a unique set of needs as they navigate pregnancy.  Maternal fetal surgical specialist Dr. Suwan Mehra, MD, is the provider of choice for many women in and around Chicago and Park Ridge, Illinois. If you need advanced pregnancy care as you prepare to expand your family, call or click today to schedule an initial visit. 

Why do women with multiple pregnancies need special care?

Pregnancy and childbirth takes a toll on a woman’s body, and when there is more than one fetus, those challenges are even greater. Women with multiple pregnancies are considered high risk and need close monitoring as they move through the stages of pregnancy. 

Some of the risks include:

  • Premature labor and birth
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Preeclampsia (gestational hypertension)
  • Placental abruption
  • Fetal growth restriction

Not every woman who carries twins, triplets, or more than three fetuses experiences complications; however, all women with multiple pregnancies should receive specialized care to monitor both maternal and fetal health.

How can mothers improve their health during multiple pregnancies?

While all pregnant women should take steps to be as healthy as possible, mothers of multiples will encounter additional physical demands.  With appropriate care and guidance, mothers can take steps to enhance their health and reduce the risk of various complications.

Partnering with a highly skilled maternal fetal specialist like Dr. Mehra is a great place to begin. He has the expertise to monitor healthy pregnancies and the experience to identify potentially urgent concerns if they arise. 

Simple suggestions for supporting a healthy multiple pregnancy include:

  • Improving nutrition to ensure sufficient folic acid 
  • Increasing caloric intake to support multiple developing fetuses
  • Finding the right balance between healthy physical activity and rest, which may require bed rest for a portion of your pregnancy
  • Consistent monitoring and testing as prescribed to assess maternal and fetal health

With the right care, women with multiple pregnancies can enjoy this special time and look forward to welcoming happy babies into the family.

What happens if something goes wrong during multiple pregnancies?

Dr. Mehra closely monitors the health and progress of both mother and babies. Advancements in fetal diagnostic technology, in combination with Dr. Mehra's extensive experience, have made it easier than ever to detect potential problems in the early stages of fetal development, allowing for approprite intervention before concerns become complications. 

If an issue arises, Dr. Mehra will explain any relevant diagnoses, treatment options, and potential hurdles mother and babies may face, allowing families to make infomed decisions at the most difficult times, knowing they are fully supported by the most experienced MFM team in the Chicago metropolitan area. 

When you choose an obstetrics specialist with extensive training and experience in fetal interventions, moving forward with advanced care is less stressful. That’s why so many women in and around Chicago, Illinois, entrust  Dr. Suwan Mehra, MD, with their multiple pregnancy care. Book your visit online or by phone today to learn more.