Twins and Stem Cell Storage

Double the trouble, double the fun; everything you need to know about stem cell banking when you’re having twins.

When you’re pregnant for the first time there are so many new and exciting things happening it can seem like a whirlwind. If you’re having twins, it’s even more of a life changer. There are so many things to consider when you’re having two babies at once. The practical side of things like how many onesies will we need to buy and how many nappies will the two babies get through a day? And then there are the other worries such as how you’ll cope with looking after two at once and will you ever get any sleep? Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about stem cell collection as we’ve got all the information for you.

Multiples are often born earlier than single babies, the average length of a twin pregnancy is 36.4 weeks and most doctors consider 37 weeks to be full term for twins. Therefore, it’s even more essential for parents of multiples to plan ahead. Your delivery date will be here before you know it!

Twins can be either non identical or identical. Non identical, also known as fraternal twins are from two different eggs and two different sperm. They can be the same or different sex to each other. Identical twins come from one egg and one sperm that has split into two foetuses. Identical twins are the same sex and share the same physical traits as one another.

Can stem cell collection be done with twins?

Many parents wonder whether stem cell collection is a viable option when having twins due to the smaller size of the babies. For public banks, there is often not enough stem cells to meet the criteria. However, this is not the case for family banks. Family banks have a much lower threshold for the sample size and are therefore the perfect choice for parents of multiples.

Do you need to store for both babies?

It’s recommended to store for both babies in a twin birth. For fraternal twins, this is the same as a normal sibling and therefore the only 100% match will be the individuals own stem cells. While siblings do have a higher match rate, it’s still not a guarantee. For identical twins, even though they share the same DNA, one twin could develop a genetic mutation later in life and require stem cell therapy. If that does occur, the healthy twin would be able to donate their stem cells and be a perfect match. The individuals own stem cells couldn’t be used as they will contain the same genetic code that caused the mutation if the first place.

If you’re expecting twins, call Cryosave today and find out how we can help insure against genetic illnesses for your babies. We also offer a twin discount! Call us on 8002796 or email us here and we’ll do the rest.

 

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