Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is a rare condition which can affect pregnancies where there are multiple babies. The affected babies share the same placenta which is the point of contact between the umbilical cord and the uterus (womb). Through the placenta, oxygen and nutrients pass via the blood vessels from the pregnant woman to the unborn babies.
In TTTS there is an uneven sharing of the blood vessels between the unborn babies and this can develop to a point where one baby receives too little blood and so can struggle to grow and develop normally. The other affected unborn baby receives too much blood and the baby’s heart will find this hard to pump around the body. The baby’s heart can begin to fail and this can also affect his or her growth and development.
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Understanding Birth Injuries
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