Maternity Unit

Multiple Pregnancy

If you are expecting two or more babies at the same time, you have got a ‘multiple pregnancy’.

Multiple births happen to about 1 in 64 women but fertility treatments significantly increase the chance of you having twins, triplets or even more babies.
Twins looking Cute

You’re also more likely to have a multiple pregnancy if you are older, if you already have other children and if twins run in your family.

How are multiples different?

Any pregnancy brings with it a mixture of worries and positive emotions for women, partners and their families. With multiple pregnancies, it is particularly important that you are well prepared for the changes that will take place during the pregnancy and after the babies’ birth.
 
Most multiple pregnancies have a happy outcome but compared with single baby pregnancies, the chance of complications is increased, and women could face:
  • placenta and umbilical cord problems
  • raised blood pressure, sometimes known as Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH)
  • pre-term labour and birth
  • reduced growth of one or more babies

Antenatal care

Antenatal care for multiple pregnancies includes:
  • more frequent clinic visits
  • ultrasound monitoring for growth and development
  • possible antenatal education course to prepare for the special demands of caring for more than one baby
  • a dedicated 'multiples' clinic

Useful links

                           Twins equipment presentation

                                          Presentation of equipment to the Maternity Unit

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns about multiple pregnancy, please get in touch with:

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