What Is The Normal Difference In Weight For Multiple Fetuses At 5 Months Of Gestation?
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Hello Julia20, Thank you for the question.
Having a twin pregnancy has a greater risk of pregnancy complications compared to a single pregnancy. The risk of pregnancy complications that can arise is premature birth. In addition to premature birth, infants also have a higher risk of developing congenital abnormalities, stunted development, twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTS), and others. The risk of pregnancy complications is not only experienced by the baby in the womb but also pregnant women. Pregnant women can be more at risk of developing hypertension and diabetes in pregnancy, greater changes in the blood flow system, and others. Therefore, routine pregnancy checks need to be done to monitor maternal health and fetal health and development with ultrasound.
The weight of each baby is one thing that must be monitored to determine the overall condition of the baby. Each baby may not have the same weight. Research shows that each baby's weight difference of 18% or more has a number of greater health risks. The difference in baby's weight that exceeds this number is called discordance (or weight that is incompatible with one another). Besides weight differences, the weight of each baby must also be monitored. Infants who are under 10 percentile are said to have stunted growth and can experience certain health complications.
For now, with a 17% weight difference you might not have anything to worry about; but it also depends on the weight of each of your babies. The best step is to consult with a gynecologist who has been treating you all this time because the doctor is the one who has examined you and your pregnancy. Feel free to follow the recommended routine checkup suggested by the doctor.
Meanwhile, please take care of your health and your pregnancy by consuming nutritious food, increasing your water consumption, resting regularly, staying active / exercising lightly regularly, managing stress well, avoiding smoking and consuming alcoholic beverages, and avoiding consumption of drugs or supplements that are not recommended by doctors.
I hope this helps.