Probability of Multiples

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Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
My maternal grandmother had 3 sets of fraternal twins. My mother is a fraternal twin that gave birth to identical twins. My husband's maternal grandmother had a fraternal set of twins. The male twin had a set of fraternal twins as well.

I am about 5 weeks pregnant with my third pregnancy, I am 38 year old African-American female. I have had extreme nausea for 2 weeks, my breasts are VERY VERY sensitive, and my pants are tight.

I guess I'd love to know what the probabilities are of carrying twins. My first Dr.'s appt. isn't until 2/19.... of course I will ask my OB/GYN but I thought I'd throw that question out there....

ANSWER

For women who have had children before, often the first sign that they are carrying twins is MUCH worse morning sickness than they are used to. Also, your chances go up with age. So maybe . . .

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

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