Multiple Pregnancy: Twins or More
If you are pregnant with more than one fetus, you can expect to have the same symptoms as those of a pregnancy with one fetus (called a singleton pregnancy). But the symptoms may happen earlier and may be worse. A multiple pregnancy is likely to cause:
- Early and excessive nausea and vomiting in the first Reference trimester Opens New Window.
- Extra weight gain.
- A Reference uterus Opens New Window that is larger than expected for your Reference due date Opens New Window.
- More fetal movement than expected during the second trimester and later.
Later in the pregnancy, you are more likely to have:
- Reference Varicose veins.
- Reference Hemorrhoids Opens New Window.
- Increasing backache.
- Trouble breathing (caused by pressure on the lungs from the uterus pushing up on the diaphragm).
- Reference Indigestion Opens New Window (caused by pressure on the stomach from the large uterus).
- A very large belly
- Reference Gestational diabetes Opens New Window.
- Reference Preeclampsia Opens New Window, a serious disorder of circulation and blood pressure that affects both mother and fetuses.
- Reference Preterm labor Opens New Window.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference July 8, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference William Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine