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Vanishing Twin Syndrome: The Silent Loss Of A Fetus

In this kind of baby loss, you might be told earlier that you are carrying twins but later during a routine screening, only one fetus is detected

Written by Kashish Sharma | Published : December 28, 2022 1:13 PM IST

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Vanishing Twin Syndrome

A miscarriage is characterized by the loss of a fetus before 20 weeks of pregnancy. This usually happens within the first trimester of pregnancy. They can be of many types. They could be complete or incomplete, depending on the expulsion of tissues from the body, sometimes they can be caused by infections and there might be many other causes. Vanishing twin syndrome is a lesser-known kind of miscarriage. In this kind of baby loss, you might be told earlier that you are carrying twins but later during a routine screening, only one fetus is detected.

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Might Or Might Not Be Diagnosed

The condition was not that easily diagnosable earlier because of a lack of sophisticated ultrasound techniques. Now doctors and parents can see the event happening before their eyes. After the vanishing twin disappears, the fetal tissue is absorbed by the other fetus and the mother’s body. Also Read - Instead Of A Hard 'No', Know Why It Is Better To Explain Things To A Child

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Different From Parasitic Twin

Vanishing twin syndrome is different from parasitic twins in which two embryos begin to grow together. The two fetuses’ might not separate in the initial phase of development and eventually one might stop growing.

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Changes In Levels Of Hormone

Human chorionic gonadotropin (Hcg) is a hormone closely associated with the detection of pregnancy. Doctors might usually keep a tight check on the levels of this hormone, especially in cases of multiple pregnancies. When you might start with high levels of this hormone and then the levels might drop suddenly over weeks, then it could also suggest a miscarriage of some kind. Also Read - Vitamin B12-Rich Diet Can Help Boost Metabolic Rate: 5 Foods You Must Take Everyday

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It Is Emotional

Unlike any other kind of miscarriage, the loss of one fetus can cause the same amount of grief and feelings of loss. The experience can be more emotionally challenging as the parent is confused because they have lost a child but at the same time, they are pregnant.