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Excerpted from The Baby Bump, Twins and Triplets Edition

Passing Your Due Date With Multiples?

What if my due date goes right on by with no babies? Is missing your due date dangerous when carrying multiples?

Your pregnancy time line is different from the projected schedule of your fellow moms-to-be who are carrying singletons. If you’re pregnant with identical twins, your optimal delivery time is at 37 weeks, and if you’re expecting fraternal twins, you should deliver by 38 weeks. Ideally, triplets should be born between 34 and 36 weeks and quadruplets between 30 and 32 weeks, depending on their size and lung capabilities. When you’re pregnant with multiples, there is an increased chance of fetal loss or distress inside the womb after 39 weeks, so your doctor will likely recommend an induction if you still haven’t gone into labor by then. The end is in sight!

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Delivery Complications With Multiples?

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