Women expecting multiples have many different and unique experiencesthan those women who are carrying a single pregnancy. Since multiplesare at a greater risk of developing complications, your healthcareprovider will want to see you more frequently.
How often should I expect to visit my healthcare provider?
Your first trimester prenatal schedule may not differ from that ofa single pregnancy, however you may discover that your healthcareprovider wants to see you every two to three weeks. Once you enterinto your second trimester you should expect to have two prenatalvisits per month. During the third trimester you should anticipateweekly prenatal appointments. Your healthcare provider may changethe amount of appointments based on the health of you and your babies.
Why do I need to make more frequent visits?
Women who are having multiples are at a greater risk of experiencingcomplications during their pregnancy. Frequent prenatal visits allowyour healthcare provider to monitor both your health and the healthof the babies. This allows for proper prevention, detection, and treatmentof any complications that could occur. If complications were to occurthen your visits would become even more frequent. Your healthcareprovider will determine the exact prenatal schedule that will benefitboth you and your babies.
What kind of complications will I be monitored for?
The most common complications include:
- Preterm labor
- Preeclampsia or pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH)
- Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)
- Fetal well-being
- Gestational diabetes
- Fetal demise or loss