Twins or more

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If you have 2 or more babies on the way, you may have twice as many questions.

Good information is important, because women who are pregnant with more than 1 baby are at higher risk of:

  • preterm birth
  • low birth weight
  • preeclampsia
  • gestational diabetes
  • cesarean birth

You will need to see your doctor more often than women who are carrying only 1 baby so that your doctor can monitor your and your babies' health. Your doctor will also tell you how much weight to gain, if you need to take extra vitamins, and how much activity is safe. With close monitoring, your babies will have the best chance of being born near term and at a healthy weight.

After delivery and once your babies come home, you may feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Ask for help from your partner, family, and friends. Support groups for parents of multiples also can ease the transition.

Find out what to expect when you're carrying twins or multiples.

Reviewed by: Jeff Convissar, MD, November 2015
Additional Kaiser Permanente reviewers

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