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Understanding the Rising Trend and Management of Multiple Births: Challenges and Considerations

Apr 05, 2024
Multiple births can pose significant risks, leading to premature delivery and health complications for both the mother and infants. Understanding the challenges and proper prenatal care is essential for managing these risks effectively.
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Risks of multiple births

Increasing Trend in Multiple Births

Over the past two decades, there has been a rise in the occurrence of multiple births, with as many as 1 in 30 deliveries involving more than one fetus. Factors contributing to this trend include the use of fertility drugs, assisted reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization, previous multiple pregnancies, maternal age, and genetic heritage, particularly of West African descent.

Risks Associated with Multiple Births

Carrying more than one fetus presents various risks. The uterus may become overly stretched, leading to preterm labor and the likelihood of the babies being born prematurely and with low birth weights. Premature infants have a higher risk of morbidity and mortality. Additionally, following the delivery of the first baby, the uterus’s contraction might affect the placenta of the subsequent fetuses, complicating their delivery.

For the mother, the risks include complications such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, the necessity for cesarean delivery, and postpartum depression.

Diagnosis and Management of Multiple Births


When a pregnancy shows signs of a larger-than-expected uterus, medical practitioners typically perform an ultrasound to verify the presence and number of fetuses.


The management of multiple births often involves planning the mode of delivery, which might be cesarean if complications arise. Generally, if the first twin is positioned headfirst and towards the mother’s back, vaginal delivery is attempted. The subsequent twin may also be delivered vaginally unless it is in distress or positioned unfavorably. However, for triplets or more, cesarean delivery is commonly the chosen method.

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Risks of multiple births



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