Dr Glenda McLaren
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Multiple Births

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Multiple Pregnancy

Multiple pregnancy is increasingly common with IVF and advancing maternal age. In Australia, about 3 in 100 births are multiple babies. And most of these are twins.  

All the complications of pregnancy are more common in multiple pregnancies which is why it is considered a ‘high risk’ pregnancy. Some potential complications include miscarriage, preterm labour, gestational diabetes mellitus and pregnancy induced hypertension.  

Types of Multiple Pregnancy

The most common type of multiples include the following: 

Two separate eggs are fertilised and implant in the uterus 

A single fertilised egg splits in two, and each embryo is genetically identical

Triplets, quadruplets, quintuplets, sextuplets or more can be a combination both of identical and fraternal multiples

High-Risk Pregnancy Support

Expectant mothers facing high-risk pregnancies may require additional support and information. We offer resources and support options to assist in managing the challenges associated with high-risk pregnancies.  

Find out more information about multiple pregnancy here.

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