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What is a multiple birth?
What happens to make multiple
Why do some twins or triplets
(or more) look a like and others don't?
What are my chances of having
more than one baby at a time?
Is it true that the number
of multiple births is increasing?
How will I know if I'm carry more
than one baby?
If your doctor thinks your uterus is larger than average during a time in your pregnancy, she will probably order an ultrasound to see if you're carrying multiples. More than 3/4 of all multiples are diagnosed by the 2nd trimester.
Do I need to do anything special
if I'm carrying more than one baby?
You may. Because there is a greater risk of premature birth if you carry multiples, your doctor may want to see you more often. You may also need to eat a bit more than if you were just carrying one baby. Ask your doctor if you have questions about what you need to do.
How should I prepare for my multiples?
Rest. Pregnancy is a tiring process. Get as much rest as you can to help you feel better. Ask for volunteers to help after the birth, too. Friends, neighbors, and nearby relatives will be excited about being part of such a joyous occasion. And, before your babies are born, decide where and how they will sleep, whether you'll breast-feed or bottle-feed, and what kind of stroller makes the most sense.
Will my babies be premature?
A little less than half of all multiple babies are born prematurely. The average length of pregnancy for single babies is about 282 days, so yours might come before then. Make sure you have a medical team of people you trust so that the care you and babies receive will reduce problems that might occur.
Once my babies are born, what do
Rejoice! And rest. And watch the wonders as they grow.
Drugs used to help improve a woman's chances of getting pregnant.
In-vitro fertilization (IVF)
If a woman cannot get pregnant, a lab procedure called IVF can take her eggs and a man's sperm and unite them in a special dish. The result is an embryo that can then be transferred to the woman's uterus.
An ultrasound is like an X-ray because it gives a picture, but there's no radiation. A bit of jelly-like stuff is put on your abdomen and then a microphone is rubbed over it. The sound waves it creates, makes a picture of what's inside your uterus. Ultrasounds can diagnose multiple fetuses as early as 6 or 7 weeks into your pregnancy.