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What are some of the risks of multiple pregnancies?

A woman with a multiple gestation pregnancy is more likely to develop complications during her pregnancy than a woman with a singleton pregnancy. Multiple gestation pregnancies increase the risk to both mother and fetuses:

Maternal risks:

  • Anemia due to increased fetal demands
  • Pregnancy induced hypertension
  • Preterm labor due to over-distension of the uterus
  • Cesarean delivery
  • Post-partum hemorrhage

Fetal risks:

  • Stillbirth
  • Preterm birth
  • Congenital anomalies
  • Malpresentation and difficult birth
  • Cord accident
  • Intrauterine growth retardation

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