Multiples Pregnancy: Twins, Triplets And More
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:
- Preterm delivery
- Low birth weight
- Preeclampsia (high blood pressure)
Imperative aspects of prenatal care for a multiples pregnancy:
- Early prenatal care
- Early increased nutritional intake