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Multiple pregnancy: antenatal care for twin and triplet pregnancies

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Last updated:26th Sep 2011

This guideline covers the additional care that should be offered to women with twin and triplet pregnancies above that routinely offered to all women during pregnancy. It aims to reduce the risk of complications and improve outcomes in the mother and infants.

Multiple pregnancy is associated with higher risks for the mother and babies. Women with multiple pregnancies have an increased risk of miscarriage, anaemia, hypertensive disorders, haemorrhage, operative delivery and postnatal illness. In general, maternal mortality associated with multiple births is 2.5 times that for singleton births.

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