My daughter is 8 weeks pregnant with twins, one of the twins has died, does the other twin have a chance, it's heartbeat is 140 bpm. Her md, not gynocologist has recommended a termination. Can the other baby be saved? My daughter is afraid the other baby will have severe problems if she doesn't terminate. We are devastated any help you can provide would be gratefully appreciated. Mary G.
Welcome to the forum. I am really glad to help you out. Loss of one twin in the first trimester does not appear to impair the development of the surviving twin. However, fetal death occurring after midgestation (17 weeks' gestation) may increase the risk of IUGR, preterm labor, preeclampsia and perinatal mortality.
Consequently, serial assessments of fetal growth and well-being should be considered. Demise of one of the twins is common during the first trimester. The pregnancy should be continued. The risks to the other fetus are more only if the death occurs after 17 weeks of gestation. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.
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