Five years ago I got the news - we were expecting twins. When I was pregnant with my twins one thing I really worried about was whether or not they would be born prematurely or be of low birth weight. Partially with good genetics and largely due to a good diet, rest and watching our for myself, I did manage to have two very healthy babies born at just past 40 weeks. I will also tell you that more than one mom drops her jaw when she hears that a) the babies were born after their due date and b) they had combined weights of nearly 16 lbs.
Well, a North Carolina woman has given birth to twins that break that state's record for the birth weight of twins, 23 pounds. You have to realize that the average birth weight for twins is about 5.5 pounds, depending on when they were born. Some say that the record belongs to Patricia and John Haskin from 1924. They weighed in at over 27 pounds collectively.
With multiple birth rates on the rise, you may wonder if maybe your bundle of joy isn't really bundles (plural). This quick and easy quiz can help you sort out fact from fiction in the great scheme of things and help you determine if you're possibly having twins! If you are, be sure that you receive early prenatal care, eat well and take care of yourself, including educating yourself on the risks of preterm labor.
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