Kylie Dale
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Multiple births are the result of the culmination of multiple pregnancies, wherein the mother gives birth to two or more babies at the same time. When you carry two babies during pregnancy, they are described as twins. When you carry three babies during pregnancy, they are described as triplets. If you carry more than three babies at the same time, they are described as high-order multiples.

In most cases, multiple pregnancies occur when more than one egg is fertilized. However, it is also possible for one fertilized egg to split into two or more embryos that can then develop into two or more babies if split into two. When one fertilized egg splits into two, the babies are usually considered identical twins. One-third of all multiple births result from twins, and there are two types of twins - identical (monozygotic) and fraternal (dizygotic). In order to create identical twins, one fertilized egg (ovum) splits into two identical babies, which both have identical genetic characteristics.

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It is not uncommon for thousands of babies to be born at the same time. The term multiple births may be used to describe twins (2), triplets (3), quadruplets (4), quintuplets (5), sextuplets (6), septuplets (7), octuplets (8), nonuplets (9) and decuplets for 10 babies born simultaneously. There have been reports that a South African woman has given birth to a record 10 babies at once. The Pretoria News reported that Gosiame Thamara Sithole, 37, did so under a Caesarean section, breaking a world record.

How do multiple births occur?

Many factors contribute to the chance of having twins, including eating a lot of dairy products, being over the age of 30, and trying to conceive while breastfeeding. In addition, many fertility drugs, such as Clomid, Gonal-F, and Follistim, also boost the chance of having twins. It is estimated that 99.9% of the time, male/female twins are not genetically similar. However, in some extremely rare cases, which result from a genetic mutation, identical twins of the same egg and sperm can develop into the opposite gender.

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Research indicates that it is possible for a woman to have as many as 15 to 30 children during her lifetime. The reproductive years of a woman are between the late teens and late twenties. By the age of 30, fertility (the ability to become pregnant) starts to decline. As you reach your mid-30s, this decline becomes more rapid. As a result of declining fertility by 45, most women are unlikely to be able to get pregnant naturally.

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