What Do You Call A Particular Number Of Baby Multiples?

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There is a fascination with multiple pregnancy and multiples in our culture and many others. With the rise in the numbers of multiples, particularly higher order multiples, there are many questions that are commonly asked. Right now, there are about 33.9 sets of twins born for every 1,000 live births.

There are also many families who are expecting multiples babies in a single pregnancy. Whether you are personally having more than one baby, a friend of yours is expecting multiples, or you're just fascinated with multiples, like Kate Plus Eight, or other shows showing multiple birth families, you may wonder - what do you call these many babies?

Answer: So if you're wondering what you call a particular number of babies, I've made this handy chart:

  • one baby - singleton
  • two babies - twins
  • three babies - triplets
  • four babies - quadruplets or quads
  • five babies - quintuplets or quints
  • six babies - sextuplets
  • seven babies - septuplets
  • eight babies - octuplets

Source:

Hamilton BE, Martin JA, Osterman MJK, et al. Births: Final data for 2014. National vital statistics reports; vol 64 no 12. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics 2015.

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