Multiple Pregnancies: Twins, Triplets and
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
Signs that I might be carrying more than one
Rapid weight gain in the first trimester
Uterus is larger than expected
More severe or intense nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness or other pregnancy symptoms.
Higher hCG levels
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.