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Multiple births

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Multiple birth - triplets or more

If you are pregnant with triplets or more, the birth will need careful planning. The main risk is that they will be born prematurely. Find out more here.

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Twins and multiple births - Better Health Channel

Multiple births are more common than they used to be, due to the increased use of assisted reproductive techniques, in particular the use of fertility drugs. Older women are more likely to have a multiple pregnancy and, because the average age at which women give birth is rising, this is also a contributing factor.

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Types of multiple pregnancy

Multiple pregnancies, including triplets and more, are rare but require lots of support. Find out about the different types of multiple pregnancy here.

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Multiple pregnancy (triplets or more)

Learning you're pregnant with triplets or more can be a shock, but overall, most parents find having multiple babies to be a positive experience.

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Pregnant with twins

Information on being pregnant with twins including antenatal care, potential risks and where you should give birth.

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Raising multiple babies

Raising multiple babies - triplets or more - involves planning, hard work, and well-designed routines. But with support, raising multiples does get easier.

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Feeding multiple babies

Feeding multiple babies, such as triplets or more, can be challenging at first, but even breastfeeding is possible with some expert help.

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Giving birth to twins

Information on giving birth to twins including where you should give birth, birthing options and what happens if your babies are born early.

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Raising twins

Once your twins arrive, you'll be busy looking after looking after them. Get some practical advice on getting your twins to sleep, what the 'twin bond' is and dealing with sibling rivalry.

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Types of twins

There are two types of twins - fraternal twins and identical twins. Learn more about the difference between the types and about twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS).

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