Is it normal for twins to fight in the womb?

Is it normal for twins to fight in the womb?

Is it normal for twins to fight in the womb?

Just like singleton babies, twins can sometimes get super-active in the womb. But not to worry — there's no real threat from it! Babies can kick or even hit each other (yes, really) in utero, but the good news is the amniotic fluid acts as a cushion to protect them from actually getting hurt by any of it.

Can a twin be caught fighting in the womb?

  • Twins Caught Fighting in the Womb. Sibling rivalry can apparently begin even before birth and researchers in London have remarkable footage of twins fighting for legroom in the womb.

Is it possible for two fetuses to fight in the womb?

  • "If you've got two fetuses in the womb, they can't possibly stay in their own space," Dr. Marjorie Greenfield, division chief of general obstetrics and gynecology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, told ABCNews.com. Greenfield is hesitant to call the movement fighting, but she still finds the video interesting.

Why do identical twins lose out on blood?

  • The video comes from a study aimed at diagnosing a rare but increasingly more common condition unique to identical twins. Called twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, the condition causes the twins' blood flow to essentially become interconnected. One baby inevitably loses out to the other, receiving less blood, and stops growing.

How does twin to twin transfusion syndrome affect babies?

  • Called twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, the condition causes the twins' blood flow to essentially become interconnected. One baby inevitably loses out to the other, receiving less blood, and stops growing. The other baby then grows dangerously fast, putting it at risk of cardiovascular complications and premature birth.

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