Multiple Pregnancies: Twins, Triplets, and More

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Having a pregnancy with one baby creates enough changes in your life, not to mention your body, and it may seem hard to imagine having twins or multiples. However, many more women in America are having multiple pregnancies than ever before.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the number of twin births increased 74%, and the number of higher order multiples (twins, triplets, quadruplets, etc.) increased fivefold from 1980 to 2000.

Most of this increase is due to women waiting to have children until their 30’s as well as the rise in the use of fertility treatments.

Signs that I might be carrying more than one:

Complications I may be at risk for:

Imperative aspects of prenatal care for a multiples pregnancy:

  • Early prenatal care
  • Early increased nutritional intake
  • More frequent trips to your health care provider

You may also need additional ultrasounds and have an increased potential for bed rest.

To find out more about having a multiples pregnancy, check out the articles below:

The following links may also be helpful as you begin your journey of carrying multiples:

Last Updated: 07/2015