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Excerpted from The Baby Bump, Twins and Triplets Edition

Premature Birth and Multiples?

Do your chances of having preemies increase with the number of multiples you’re expecting?

Most twin pregnancies average about 35 weeks, which means they’re pretty well cooked by the time they’re here. (For triplets, the mark’s a little shorter, usually about 33 weeks; quads are 29.) Although most premature babies receive an excellent prognosis, it’s natural to worry about going early. Experts say you can start to breathe a little easier past the 32-week mark, since by then the lungs and other key organs are fully developed. And those who make it to the 37-week mark are actually considered full term.

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