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:
- Rapid weight gain in the first trimester
- The uterus is larger than expected
- Severe nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness, or other pregnancy symptoms
- Higher hCG levels
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:
- Safe Exercise During a Multiples Pregnancy
- Weight Gain with Multiples
- Are My Twins Identical or Fraternal?
The following links may also be helpful as you begin your journey of carrying multiples: