Twins, Triplets, Multiple Births

If you are pregnant with more than one baby, you are far from alone. Multiple births are up in the United States. More women are having babies after age 30 and more are taking fertility drugs. Both boost the chance of carrying more than one baby. A family history of twins also makes multiples more likely.

Years ago, most twins came as a surprise. Now, most women know about a multiple pregnancy early. Women with multiple pregnancies should see their health care providers more often than women who are expecting one baby. Multiple pregnancy babies have a much higher risk of being born prematurely and having a low birth weight. There is also more of a risk of disabilities. Some women have to go on bed rest to delay labor. Finally, they may deliver by C-section, especially if there are three babies or more.

Parenting multiples can be a challenge. Volunteer help and support groups for parents of multiples can help.

Dept. of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health

Different Conditions

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Related ICD 10 COde
ICD 10 Code O31

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Abbreviated Terms

  • grand multiparity
  • Also Known As

  • problem with multiparity
  • Related ICD 10 COde
    ICD 10 Code Z64.1

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    Fetal blood loss

    Monozygous twins often share a placenta. Vascular anastomoses within the placenta allow for the transfer of blood between the two fetuses. In some cases, the flow is unbalanced and one fetus (larger, plethoric, and polycythemic twin) has an overload of fluid, while the other (smaller, hydropic twin) becomes aneamic.

    Signs And Symptoms

  • Hemorrhage (morphologic abnormality)
  • Also Known As

  • fetal haemorrhage into co-twin
  • Related ICD 10 COde
    ICD 10 Code P50.3

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    Haemorrhagic or haematological disorders of fetus or newborn

    A condition characterized by bleeding from the umbilical cord stump of a newborn.

    Signs And Symptoms

  • Hemorrhage (morphologic abnormality)
  • Organ Affected

    Umbilical cord structure (body structure)|Entire umbilical cord (body structure)

    Abbreviated Terms

  • Bleeding umbilical stump
  • omphalorrhagia of newborn
  • Related ICD 10 COde
    ICD 10 Code P51

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    Abbreviated Terms

  • newborn twin, born in hospital
  • twin liveborn infant born in hospital
  • Related ICD 10 COde
    ICD 10 Code Z38.3

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    Signs And Symptoms

  • multiple gestation
  • Also Known As

  • multiple gestation, unspecified, unspecified trimester
  • multiple pregnancy
  • Multiple pregnancy NOS
  • Related ICD 10 COde
    ICD 10 Code O30

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    Signs And Symptoms

  • Twin pregnancy (disorder)
  • Abbreviated Terms

  • twin complicating pregnancy
  • Related ICD 10 COde
    ICD 10 Code O30.0

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    Abbreviated Terms

  • outcome of delivery twins NOS
  • Also Known As

  • outcome of delivery, twins both liveborn
  • Related ICD 10 COde
    ICD 10 Code Z37.2

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