7 Things I Learned Raising a Preemie: They Grow Fast

When I was sent home less than two days after my twins were born I was scared to death. My previous two pregnancies were large babies weighing just about 11 pounds each. This time around both babies weighed around that together. ... read more »

Can I Increase My Chances of Having Twins?

Question: I have a perfect 6-month-old daughter and we will start TTC next month. I will be 37 in August and would LOVE to have twins. I have been eating a diet to increase chances for twins (as well as male) My questions are: ... read more »

Twin Weight Difference At Birth May Determine Future Health Risks

Twins rarely weigh the same amount at birth, but often both babies will weigh within a few ounces of one another. In some cases, one twin may be significantly smaller or larger than their sibling. ... read more »

Twins When HCG Increasing Too Fast

In most pregnancies, the normal hCG rises is at least 60% over 48 hours. In twins it may rise much more, but  it's not possible to diagnose a twin pregnancy just from the hCG levels alone. ... read more »

hCG Increasing Fast

There is no sufficient scientific evidence that with twins there is always a faster-than-usual rise in hCG. Normal hCG values can vary up to 20 times in normal pregnancies. ... read more »

Multiple Births - Risks To The Child

The health risks for twins and triplets are greatly increased compared with those for singletons mostly because multiples tend to be born prematurely and underweight. ... read more »

When Twins Are Conceived Weeks Apart

It is possible to conceive twins who have the same gestational age, who can have different fathers. It is a process called superfecundation. ... read more »

Does Bed Rest Work as a Medical Intervention During Pregnancy

The standard of care for premature labor has typically been to place the pregnant woman on bed rest; limiting activity for the remaining weeks of pregnancy. ... read more »

Progesterone No Help in Preventing Preterm Twin Births

This Lancet study shows that progesterone does not prevent preterm births in twins. ... read more »

Twin Births are Becoming More Common

After an interesting hCG result on my blood pregnancy test, my obstetrician asked me to come in for an ultrasound. I was just six weeks pregnant, but the blood test told a different story. ... read more »

7 Things I Learned Raising a Preemie

Those first few weeks at home were the most difficult for me as a new preemie mom. My twins were tiny and I constantly thought they would break if I picked them up too hard or put them back down too hard. ... read more »

Facts about Twins, Triplets, and More

Fun Facts about gemellology (the study of twins and multiples). ... read more »

Risks of Multiple Births

There are serious risks to the health and long-term wellbeing of the child, but the risks of multiple pregnancy and birth are not just confined to the child. Mothers themselves can be exposed to health problems as well as the increased risk of losing their babies. ... read more »

All About Twins

When a woman becomes pregnant, the process of conception does not always stop at one baby. A pregnancy of more than one fetus concurrently is called a multiple pregnancy. ... read more »

Are You Having Fraternal Twins or Identical Twins?

To find out whether you are having fraternal twins or identical twins, there are numerous tests your health care provider can perform while they are still in the womb. ... read more »

Is Having Twins Genetic?

When I found out I was having twins one of the first things that came to mind was my paternal aunt. She was the mother of fraternal twins. Then I realized my husband’s sister also gave birth to fraternal twins. ... read more »

Not All Pregnancies are Created Equal

I was thrilled when I found out I was having twins, but soon after my world was turned upside down. ... read more »

Twin Moms Live Longer than Singlet Moms

According to a study on women who lived in the Pioneer lands of the United States in the 1800s, twins are not an accident.  ... read more »

7 Things I Learned Raising a Preemie: Kangaroo Care

Learning never changes when you are a parent. From the first moments your infant comes into the world you are learning. When I gave birth to premature infants I was forced into a world I had never known. ... read more »

What is the Worst Part of Being Pregnant With Twins?

My twin pregnancy is a vibrant memory that I reflect on often. Everything seems like it happened just yesterday; but one thing has faded over time – the pain of being pregnant with twins. ... read more »

Do Twins Act the Same In Utero?

After just a few months we noticed a pattern in utero that was something I never expected. Twins can act completely different even before they are born. ... read more »

Should Your Twins Co-Sleep?

Multiple sources claimed that allowing newborn twins to sleep together in the same crib or bassinet would help their sleep schedules align, and it would also help them sleep through the night successfully. ... read more »

Which Women Are Most Likely to Have Twins?

In the last 30 years, the birthrate for twins rose about 70%, which is about 1 in every 30 births. That’s a big increase, and it isn’t a coincidence either. ... read more »

Having Twins? Beware of GDM

Many pregnant women are at risk for developing gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes, or GDM, is a form of diabetes that comes on only for the duration of pregnancy in women with no prior history of the condition. ... read more »

Are Twins Genetic?

Whether or not twins are genetic has long been disputed in science. If you’re a mother of twins, you’ve probably had many other women come up to you and ask whether or not there are other sets of twins in your family. ... read more »

Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome

Twin-twin transfusion syndrome occurs when twins who share a single placenta also share a blood supply. Within each baby has his own piece of the placenta, their blood circulation is connected. This results in the babies sharing their blood flow. ... read more »

Is Tandem Breastfeeding Truly an Option?

It seemed to me that the older children were nursing less and less. Was it simply because they were getting older, or because there wasn’t enough milk to feed all of them? Can one woman’s body really keep up with the demands of several nursing children at one time? ... read more »

Do Twice the Babies Mean Twice the Labor?

What was the truth about her double duty, however? Was she facing twice the labor concerns just because she was getting twice the babies? ... read more »

Breastfeeding Challenges for New Moms

I remember when my second cousin had her boys. We were all excited for a new set of twins in the family, but we were also collectively sympathetic when she decided to breastfeed. ... read more »