My first thought is it is a scare tactic. Although with doing a quick search, it is believed that the stillbirth chance does increase.........however, I still think that those stats are probably skewed as most drs probably wont let their patients go past 37 weeks with twins, and perhaps maybe a few of the handful of women allowed to go to full term did have issues......but because the numbers of people allowed are much less...even if only one person has issues...it makes it look like it is a higher percent....you know what I mean?
I personally believe that our bodies know more than drs and they are going to do their best to do what is right for the baby. And if going into labor at 37 weeks is it, then our bodies will go into labor on its own.....if not it will be later. I personally don't know of any still birth incidences with twins.
"Is stillbirth more common in twins?
The rate of babies who are stillborn
is higher for multiple births (Sands 2009)
. The stillbirth rate is 12 per 1,000 twin births and 31 per 1,000 triplet births. This compares with about five in 1,000 singleton pregnancies (NCCWCH 2011: 27)
. Loss in the first month of life is also more likely.
The risk of stillbirth in twins increases slightly after 38 weeks. This is why, if you haven't already had twins by the time you are 38 weeks pregnant, a caesarean
is often suggested (NCCWCH 2011: 138, 174, 188)
As identical twins
who share a placenta are slightly more likely to experience complications, the risk of stillbirth increases. So it's often recommended that they are born earlier, by 37 weeks (MBF 2010, NCCWCH 2011: 28, RCOG 2008)