Twins and Multiples

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Multiple Births on the Rise

Do you ever wonder why it seems that multiple births are on the rise?  Under natural conditions, your chance of having a pregnancy with more than one baby is relatively low (approximately a 1.5% chance). However, the number of multiple births has increased dramatically over the past 15 years. Due to the use of fertility drugs and in vitro fertilization and the increase of pregnancies in older moms, who have an increased likelihood of multiple birth pregnancy, multiple births will continue to rise.

Several factors contribute to the development of a multiple pregnancy:

  • Heredity: A history of multiple births on a woman’s side of the family increases her chances of having a multiple pregnancy.
  • Race: Women of African descent are the most likely to have multiple pregnancies.
  • Number of prior pregnancies: Having more than one previous pregnancy, especially a multiple pregnancy, increases the chance of having a multiple pregnancy.
  • Delayed childbearing: Older women who get pregnant are more likely to have multiples.
  • Infertility treatment: Fertility drugs, which stimulate the ovaries to release multiple eggs, or assisted reproductive technology (ART), which transfers multiple embryos into the womb (such as in vitro fertilization, or IVF), greatly increase a woman’s chance of having a multiple pregnancy.

 

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I've spent the last 2 years of my life learning everything there is to know about raising twins, and the last 5 years reading everything that I could find about parenting. After pouring through a ton of different information I decided to create this website. I am the proud mom to a 4 year old and twin boys. I am happy to share my experiences and my tips for survivial during the early months because my kids are my joy and sometimes it's to easy to get distracted and overwhelmed by the "noise" in life.

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