Children's Hospital of Illinois
Pregnancy & Newborns

What Do You Know About Multiple Births?

So you're having more than one! You're not alone. The number of multiple births has increased dramatically in recent years.

1. Which is an explanation for the increasing number of multiple births in this country?
2. When are most women diagnosed with twins or other multiples?
3. Twins and other multiples usually are born preterm, before 37 weeks. What is the average length of pregnancy for a twin birth?
4. Which of these may be a health problem for premature infants?
5. What percentage of twins is identical?
6. Which of these health problems does a woman carrying multiples face?
7. How much weight should a woman of normal weight who is expecting twins gain during the term of her pregnancy?
8. Which of these nutrients in a healthy diet is especially important for a woman with multiples?
9. After the 24th week of pregnancy, women carrying multiples will be monitored for signs of preterm labor. If signs of labor occur, what is the likely treatment?
10. What percentage of twin births is delivered vaginally?
Publication Source: Multifetal gestations, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Author: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Source: Having Twins? How to Stay Healthy, American Academy of Pediatrics <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Online Source: Preparing for Twins, American Academy of Pediatrics <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Online Source: Multifetal Pregnancy, Merck Manual for Health Care Professionals <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Burd, Irina, MD, PhD
Online Medical Reviewer: Kanipe, Jennifer, RN, BSN
Date Last Reviewed: 8/16/2015