Symptoms of miscarrying one twin, which is known as vanishing twin syndrome, include mild cramping, pain in the pelvic region, vaginal bleeding and a decrease in the level of human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, which can be detected via a blood test, according to What to Expect. Some women who miscarry one twin will experience no symptoms at all.Know More
What to Expect points out that although these symptoms can be indicative that one twin has been miscarried, it is by no means a sure sign. Only an evaluation by a medical professional can determine whether or not a fetus has been lost.
Vanishing twin syndrome generally occurs during the first trimester of the pregnancy. Many times, it will occur before a mother even knows that she is carrying two fetuses. When it occurs early in pregnancy, the tissue from the miscarried baby is usually just reabsorbed by the mother.
When a twin is miscarried later in the pregnancy, it can cause hemorrhaging, infection or preterm labor. It also puts the baby at risk of intrauterine growth restriction. What to Expect notes that about 20 to 30 percent of multiple pregnancies are affected by vanishing twin syndrome and that the prevalence of the syndrome has grown over the past few decades due to advancements in early ultrasound procedures.Learn more about Pregnancy
According to WebMD, some early signs of pregnancy include spotting or cramping, breast changes or fatigue. While these symptoms may go unnoticed in some women, they can be quite pronounced in others starting in the first week of pregnancy. Spotting is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy and can occur six to 12 days after the egg is fertilized.Full Answer >
Brown discharge does not automatically indicate pregnancy, but if it occurs slightly before a regular menstrual cycle and there is a possibility of pregnancy, a pregnancy test should be taken, according to What to Expect. A brown discharge, called implantation bleeding, is a common occurrence 10 to 14 days after ovulation when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining.Full Answer >
According to Good Reads, “What to Expect When You're Expecting” is a resourced, self-help guide for women who are expecting a child. The book was written by three women who went through pregnancy and childbirth and wanted to share their experiences with other expectant women. Topics covered include pre-planning, medical decisions and parental lifestyle changes during the nine months of pregnancy.Full Answer >
At 37 weeks, the cervix can remain dilated up to 3 centimeters for up to one month before active labor occurs, according to What to Expect. Cervical effacement and dilation can begin one month prior to delivery, or they can occur as quick as overnight.Full Answer >