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Important Facts About Pregnancy After Age 35

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Older moms have more multiples

It’s not just fertility treatments (like implanting more than one embryo in an attempt to get a viable pregnancy through IVF) that cause mothers to carry multiples. Hormonal changes in the bodies of older mothers make them more likely than their twenty something counterparts to have more than one baby at a time. In 2006 WebMD ran an article that explained the phenomenon like this, “found that older women have higher levels of a hormone called FSH, prompting greater likelihood of having fraternal twins. The study appears online in Human Reproduction.” Older women were more likely to release more than one egg during a cycle as well, increasing the chances of twins.

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