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Women expecting twins or triplets should be offered closer monitoring, including extra scans, according to new NHS guidelines.
Health watchdog NICE has drawn up recommendations for antenatal care in multiple pregnancies, amid evidence standards vary in England and Wales.
Mothers-to-be should be referred to specialist teams and receive a minimum of six scans, says NICE.
Charities say the guidelines will give mothers reassurance about their care.
Multiple births are on the rise, due mainly to an increase in the number of couples having IVF. They now account for 3% of births.
Until now, there have been no clear guidelines for women expecting twins or triplets in England and Wales, leading to differences in care, including the number and timing of scans, planned delivery dates, and the use of measures, such as bed rest, to prevent early labour.