A pregnancy where a woman has two or more fetuses in her uterus at the same time is called a multiple pregnancy … twins, triplets and more! These babies can come from the same egg or from different eggs and can be the result of natural conception or assisted conception through fertility drugs or IVF.
If your babies are from the same egg they are called ‘identical’ and if they are from different eggs they are called ‘fraternal’. Identical babies will either be all boys or all girls and will share the same blood type. They will likely also have the same color eyes, hair and skin and body type, and although they may not be absolutely identical, and they will not have the same finger prints, they will strongly resemble each other. Fraternal babies can be of different sex and look quite different to each other.
You have an increased chance of conceiving more than one baby if you are:
What are the risks of pregnancy with multiples?
Whilst all pregnancies carry risks the more babies you are carrying the more chance you have of complications:
The increase in risk with multiples includes:
Keep in mind that the risks are varied from person to person and many factors must be taken into consideration. Your health care professionals will be aware that you are carrying multiples and your care plan will be adjusted accordingly to make sure that your pregnancy and delivery will run as smoothly and trouble free as possible.