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Twins And Multiples

Two In The Oven

The twin birth rate in the United States is close to 1 in 31, a nearly 40 percent increase since the early 1980s.

That’s because there are growing numbers of older moms (hormonal changes are believed to be responsible for the release of more than one egg at ovulation) and more successful fertility treatments.

Miracle Babies, Miracle Doctor

Fit Pregnancy has always viewed Sean Daneshmand, M.D., a high-risk OB-GYN in San Diego, as our own personal hero. An advisory board member to the magazine, he puts in countless hours reviewing articles and guiding us in topics that need attention.

We're not alone, apparently, in our appreciation for this amazing doctor: He's been named a CNN Hero for his work in establishing Miracle Babies, a nationwide nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to families with babies in a neonatal intensive care unit.

Pregnant with Twins

Twin births have increased 70 percent in the past three decades. Here, three moms of multiples share their pregnancy and birth experiences.
 

“I was excited, but I knew that increased risk came with carrying more than one baby.”
Jennifer Busk, Chicago

After Infertility

After-Infertility

The treatments themselves don’t make a pregnancy high risk; the medical issues that often cause female infertility, such as diabetes, endometriosis, fibroids or simply being older, may. (“Male factor” issues are responsible for the infertility approximately 40 percent of the time, but treatment is often the same.)

However, up to 40 percent of such pregnancies result in twins. These pregnancies carry a three to six times higher risk for problems, such as high blood pressure, preterm delivery and low birth weight babies.

Double Trouble

Every week we seem to deliver at least one set of twins at my hospital. A couple of weeks ago we had three. Two sets were delivered vaginally—scheduled inductions; one was delivered by scheduled cesarean section. Those twins are a lot of trouble. Throughout pregnancy there's twice as much to worry about. Are they growing properly? Is their growth relatively symmetrical? Is one twin huge and the other tiny? How's the placenta (or placentas) holding up? How about contractions? Carrying two babies annoys the heck out of the uterus.

A Tale of Two Births

Fit Pregnancy contributing editor Carole Anderson Lucia narrates behind-the-scenes footage from her C-section with twins Claire and Aidan at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women in San Diego.

Angelina Stops Breastfeeding

Double the fun, but also double the trouble. That's the word from actress Angelina Jolie when it comes to breastfeeding her twins, People magazine reports. After three months of nursing, the mom-half of the dynamic duo known as "Brangelina" said she's weaned twins Knox and Vivienne, now 4 months old. The twins are the youngest of her six children with the dad-half of the duo, actor Brad Pitt.

Babyspace

Q: We're having twins. Must we buy two of everything for the nursery?

Welcome to motherhood, Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony welcomed their twins Max and Emme on February 22nd. Emme weighed in at 5 pounds, 7 ounces, while her brother weighed 6 pounds. The twins are Lopez's first children. Anthony has three children from previous relationships. The couple sold exclusive rights to the first photos of their babies to People.com for a reported $6 million. Congratulations to J-Lo and Marc Anthony on their beautiful bundles of joy!

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