Multiple pregnancy

Multiple pregnancy

Women who are pregnant with more than 1 baby are described as having a multiple pregnancy. The NICE guideline on multiple pregnancy covers antenatal care for women with twin and triplet pregnancies but not for women carrying 4 or more babies – these types of pregnancy are very rare and always need specialised care.

Most multiple pregnancies are normal and healthy and you can follow much of the same advice as women with singleton pregnancies (pregnant with 1 baby). However, there is an increased risk of complications for you and your babies that means you need to be monitored more closely during your pregnancy.

While you are pregnant you should be offered a series of antenatal appointments to check on your health and the health of your babies. The number of check-ups and scans you are offered will depend on your individual situation, including your type of pregnancy (see Type of pregnancy and antenatal appointments with your specialist team).

NICE has also produced information for the public on routine antenatal care for healthy pregnant women that covers women with healthy singleton pregnancies (see Other NICE guidance).

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