Multiple Pregnancies: Twins, Triplets and More

Twins, triplets or more

Having a pregnancy with one baby causes enough changes in your life — not to mention your body. It’s hard to imagine adding one, or two, or even more to the mix. However, many more women and families in America are managing more 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 5 fold from 1980 to 2000. Most of this increase is due to women delaying their child bearing years into their 30’s, and the rise in fertility treatments. So if you’ve found us because you feel like you may be giving birth to a small litter, you are not alone. We hope this will begin a safe, enjoyable journey to multiples.

Signs that I might be carrying more than one

Complications I may be at risk for

Special considerations I should be aware of:

  • Early prenatal care is imperative
  • Early increased nutritional intake
  • More frequent trips to your health care provider
  • More ultrasounds may be needed
  • Increased potential for bed rest

Please check back frequently for more detailed information on Multiples in the weeks to come as we add more tips, tools and tricks of the trade. We believe you will find the following links helpful as you begin this amazing journey to multiples.

www.twinsmagazine.com

www.multiplebirthsfamilies.com

www.womenshealthchannel.com/multiplepregnancies/index.shtml

www.asrm.org/Patients/FactSheets/complications-multi.pdf

www.nomotc.org

Last Updated: 07/2014