Miscarriage Of Twin At 21 Weeks

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31002 - March 26

My niece lost one of her twins on Sunday she was 21 weeks old, the cord was left hanging until yesterday when the doctor cut it back on the hope that it would retract back into the womb. The other baby is still fine but my niece is traumatised at the moment, what are the chances of this twin surviving, she is on total bed rest.

 

samehere - March 26

Usually when a twin dies, it stays in the womb until the delivery of the surviving twin. I guess your niece actually delivered her baby and that is why the cord is left? If the cord is left then the babies probably shared a placenta which means they are probably identical unless they placentas fused. I know if they were fraternal or identical with their own sacs and placentas, the chance of the other twin surviving is very good. With identicals it is not as good. It depends on why the first twin died. If it is genetic, then the surviving one will have it as well. It is hard to say and at 21 weeks, that isn't a real viable time for a baby to be born. The longer she keeps that baby in, the stronger chance he/she will survive. It is nothing but a waiting game right now. I am sorry that your family is going through this.

 

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