What is it?

Multiple gestation is a pregnancy with more than one fetus. This may be the result of fertility treatments, in-vitro fertilization (IVF), or in a spontaneous pregnancy, usually among women older than 35 years old.

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Additional names

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- Multiple Pregnancy

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms of multiple gestation may be more intense than with single gestation. Some of the symptoms can include severe nausea and vomiting, rapid weight gain, tender and sore breasts, high levels of human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP).


The only way to diagnosis a multiple pregnancy is through an ultrasound exam. In addition, during this test, your healthcare provider can look at images of the inside of your womb and can figure out if your twins share the same amniotic sac and placenta and therefore are identical twins.


Multiple gestation tends to cause more complications than a single gestation, and thereby demands more supervision. Also, premature childbirth and caesarean sections are more common in multiple pregnancy, and require to inform the mother.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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