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has there ever been a recorded case of conjoined triplets or only ever twins?

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Dr. T. Allen Merritt
Neonatology 49 years experience
Yes: Triplets may represent twins and a singleton or three separate fetuses. Conjoined multiple births have been describe, but usually the conjoined fetuses are monozygotic (identical twins) with other singleton fetuses that in toto make up multiple fetuses in a given gestation. See bernirscke, k. The placenta, springer 2006.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

What is the earliest time to know if I am having twins?

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Dr. Tahir Chauhdry
Obstetrics and Gynecology 68 years experience
Ultrasound: Theoretically, about 5-6 weeks based on a transvaginal ultrasound.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What should I talk to my doctor about if I am having twins?

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Dr. Linda Bernstein
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Being Prepared: Twins and other multiple pregnancies can be harder on you and your body. Depending on the type of twins you are carrying your risks may be higher or lower. You need to discuss mode of delivery, timing of delivery and any other concerns you may have. It's also important to make arrangments with work as well as with family and friends in case you have any complications.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Do I need to go to a specialist if I am having twins?

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Dr. Caren Reaves
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
No: It depends on many factors including the experience of your doctor and the ability of your local hospitals to manage multiples. Many docs are quite capable of managing twins and only referring to specialists for complications. Others are not so comfortable and prefer a specialist manage twin pregnancies. Have an open conversation with your provider.
A 28-year-old member asked:

What are the main differences between singleton pregnancies and twin pregnancies?

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Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Twice as many babies: Because the number of babies is doubled, the uterus grows larger faster; this will typically lead to a premature delivery at <37 weeks. There are also increased risks of pregnancy complications such as pre-eclampsia. Delivery route can also be affected if the first twin is not head down. If the first baby is head down, then a vaginal delivery of both twins can usually be performed.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How much weight must I gain if i'm carrying triplets?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
The more the better.: Extrapolating from studies in twins that show that increased maternal gestational weight gain is associated with improved fetal/neonatal outcomes, i would say that there is no upper limit to weight gain with triplets. Just monitor your health closely with your maternal-fetal medicine specialist to assure you do not have diabetes mellitus and/or hypertension. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily!

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