Pregnant with Multiples

If you are pregnant with twins you may be the envy of your friends for having two babies with only one pregnancy. Neat trick! Two for the price of one is certainly a great deal but being pregnant with multiples has its own special needs, unique challenges, and potential complications. Whether it’s fraternal twins, identical twins, triplets, or even quads - as a result of IVF or just sheer luck - being pregnant with multiples is anxiety producing for moms who are carrying twins or higher-order multiples. From conception to pregnancy, delivery to post-partum, women who are pregnant with multiples are overflowing with questions. How early can I tell if I’m having twins? How much should I exercise when carrying multiples? What should I be eating for a twin pregnancy? Will I have to go on bed rest? Are c-sections inevitable when delivering multiples? Will my twins have to stay in the NICU after they are born? What is Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome? How will I be able to breastfeed both my babies? Whatever your question, we have expert answers and mom-tested tips for women who are pregnant with multiples. Find out about your babies’ growth and development, and their special prenatal needs and nutritional requirements with our Q&A’s, articles, and resources. Being pregnant with multiples can be hard on mama’s body too so get the scoop here on what you need to do to stay healthy throughout the course of your pregnancy, during labor, and after your babies are born.

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Twins 101: Types of Twins

Dichorionic, diamniotic, monochorionic, monoamniotic -- wondering what it all means? We've broken it down.

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Monochorionic Monoamniotic

Identical twins who share the same placenta and amniotic sac.

Photo by Megan Rojas / The Bump

-- Excerpted from The Baby Bump, Twins and Triplets Edition

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