pregnancy has risks. But the chance of having serious problems increases with
each baby you carry at the same time.
If you're pregnant with more than
one baby, you may be more likely to:
- Develop a problem that causes your blood
pressure to get too high
- Develop a type of diabetes
that can occur while you're pregnant
- Deliver your
babies too early. When babies are born too early, their organs haven't had a
chance to fully form. This can cause serious lung, brain, heart, and eye
- Have a
miscarriage. This means that you may lose one or more
of your babies.
- Have a baby born with a birth defect that occurs when something is wrong with the genes or chromosomes. Certain
genetic disorders may be more likely to occur in multiple pregnancies.
in mind that these problems may or may not happen to you. Every day, women who
are pregnant with more than one baby have healthy pregnancies and have healthy
While you may feel like you're carrying more than one baby, only your
doctor can say for sure. He or she will do a
fetal ultrasound to find out. This test can give your
doctor a clear picture of how many babies are in your uterus and how well
If the test shows that you're carrying more than
one baby, you'll need to have more ultrasounds during your pregnancy. Your
doctor will use these tests to check for any signs of problems that your babies
may have as they grow.
pregnant with more than one baby, you'll need to see your doctor more often
than you would if you were having just one baby. This is because you and your
babies have a greater chance of developing serious health problems.
Your doctor will do a physical exam at each visit. It's important that
you go to every appointment. Your doctor may also do a fetal ultrasound, check
your blood pressure, and test your blood and urine for any signs of problems.
Early treatment can help you and your babies stay healthy.