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Why are triplet pregnancies considered much higher risk than twins?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Earlier, smaller: The risk of preterm birth is higher for several reasons; triplet birth is likely to be earlier than that of twins. In addition, there is greater risk of growth problems, deformations from crowding, malpresentation. For the mother of triplets, the risks from abdominal delivery are higher than those of women with twins delivered vaginally and possibly abdominally, depending on the size and position.

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