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Q: Are Multiple Pregnancies Riskier Than Single Pregnancies?

Are multiple pregnancies always riskier than single pregnancies? If so, how much more risky are they?
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By Karen Moise, RN, Registered Nurse
Updated September 15, 2020
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I always say that multiples are miracles, but it’s true that these pregnancies can come along with various complications, which is why doctors automatically classify them as high-risk. That doesn’t mean you’re definitely going to have to deal with tons complications, though — or even that you necessarily need to be worried. Still, according to the stats, moms of multiples are twice as likely to go into labor early, and there are a number of risks associated with premature birth. That’s why it’s good to see a Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialist as soon as you know you’re having multiples, so you can be monitored extra closely. A good MFM will do all they can to make sure you carry your babies as close to full-term as possible, and also check for issues that are specific to multiple pregnancies (such as Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome).

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