Multiparity (Multip)

Definition - What does Multiparity (Multip) mean?

Multiparity refers to a woman who has given birth two or more times. The births included in this calculation only refer to fetuses that have reached a gestational age in which they could survive outside the woman's body. Deliveries of multiples (e.g. twins) are only counted as one birth.

Healthcare professionals often refer to a multiparous woman as a multip.

FertilitySmarts explains Multiparity (Multip)

Parity refers to the number of times a woman has given birth to a fetus that has reached a viable gestational age. The definition of viable gestational age varies between 20 - 24 weeks.

There are different terms for pregnant women depending on the number of children she has had. These terms are:

  • Nulliparous (nullip) - a woman who has never given birth.
  • Primiparous (primip) - a woman who has given birth once.
  • Multiparous (multip) - a woman who has given birth two or more times.
  • Grand multiparous - a woman who has given birth 5 or more times.
  • Great grand multiparous - a woman who has given birth 10 or more times.

Although multiparity is not generally associated with an increased risk to the mother or fetus, grand and great grand multiparity is linked to a greater prevalence of maternal and neonatal complications.

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