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You just got the big news: you’re pregnant — and with more than one baby!
Multiple births are more common than they used to be. Now, about one in 30 babies born in the U.S. is a twin. More frequent use of infertility treatments and assisted reproductive technology, like in vitro fertilization, has likely contributed to this increase.
If you’re having twins, they could be identical (from a single fertilized egg) or, more commonly, fraternal (from two separate eggs that are fertilized at the same time). Triplets, quadruplets and other multiples can be identical, fraternal or a combination of both.
Having twins or any other multiple presents special challenges for parents. First, find a physician and hospital with experience in multiples and high-risk pregnancies. Now, what can you expect?
The first days, weeks and months are often the most difficult for parents of multiples. Your babies’ pediatrician or primary care physician can provide advice and strategies for how to cope with the special parenting challenges involved, including feedings and sleep. Here are some tips for raising multiples:
As your babies grow up, just remember to do what’s right and practical for your family.
At Edward-Elmhurst Health, our physicians are experienced in handling high-risk pregnancies and provide expert care, close to home. We’re also fully equipped to handle high-risk deliveries and care for newborns who require special attention, with Edward Hospital’s Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit and Elmhurst Hospital’s Level IIe Special Care Nursery.
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