Weight gain in multiple pregnancies [video]

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Twins and Multiples - How will my body be affected by carrying twins?

Dr Carol Cooper, General Practitioner: The size of your bump is just one difference between carrying 1 baby and carrying 2, but it's a big difference. By the time you get to 28 weeks, you could be as large as a woman at term carrying 1 baby. Women expecting more than 1 often say they knew even before their scan that it was a multiple pregnancy. And that's because those first trimester pregnancy symptoms that many women struggle with--things like nausea, tiredness, and breast tenderness--are worse with twins. They often continue longer as well.

During your multiple pregnancy, your iron stores can get depleted. After all, you have more than 1 baby to nourish and grow. You're likely to have an extra blood test between 20 and 24 weeks to check again for anemia. Your midwife or doctor can advise you on the right treatment if you need any.

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