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Basic Trope: An unexpected (and perhaps unwanted) multiple birth.

  • Straight: Alice gives birth to quadruplets.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice gives birth to dectuplets! And they're identical!
    • Alice's multiple pregnancy is a Surprise Pregnancy.
    • Alice becomes pregnant while she's already pregnant!
  • Downplayed: Alice goes in for an ultrasound during her pregnancy, and finds out that she's actually carrying twins.
  • Justified:
    • Alice has been taking fertility drugs, such as clomiphene citrate.
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    • Alice went for IVF, and the doctors implanted 10 embryos, assuming (wrongly) that only one or two would take.
    • The fertilized egg divided over and over again, producing genetically identical embryos, before they all divided in the normal way.
    • Alice found out she was pregnant with multiples during an ultrasound, but in this setting, she can't legally abort them and/or is morally opposed to abortion herself.
    • The story is set before the use of ultrasounds for routine pregnancy monitoring, or even before the technology was invented. Thus Alice has no way of knowing (short of intuition or old wives' tales) that she's carrying more than one baby.
    • Even without fertility drugs or other outside intervention, Alice ovulates multiple eggs, and all get fertilized.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Alice finds out she's pregnant with dectuplets. Her doctor persuades her to abort all but one or two of them, to avoid taxing her body too much and for the well-being of those babies.
    • Alice sees what she thinks is a twin or a triplet, but the ultrasound technician tells her it's just gas or something.
    • Only one of the babies survives. The rest all died, either in-utero or shortly after birth.
    • Alice, a member of a Breeding Cult, has many children, but not all at once.
    • Alice has a Convenient Miscarriage.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
    • Alice and Bob have an imagine spot where babies just magically appear out of nowhere.
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    • Alice has second thoughts about using the fertility drugs, and flushes the pills down the toilet. Later, all the women in town give birth to twins or more.
    • A Delivery Stork brings babies to Alice and Bob...in a dump truck.
    • Out of frustration with Alice at some point in her life, Alice's mother says, "I hope you have 10 of them, just like you!" Alice laughs it off...but then gives birth to dectuplets in the future.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Alice does not become pregnant or give birth In-Universe.
    • Alice has only one baby.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Alice is having trouble becoming pregnant, and her doctor prescribes fertility drugs.
  • Exploited: Alice has the fertility clinic implant all 10 of her embryos so that she can become famous and/or score free stuff.
  • Defied:
    • Alice is cautioned by her doctor upon finding out that she's carrying dectuplets that the pregnancy could be risky to her as well as to the babies, and that he recommends that she abort all but one or two of them. Alice agrees, and has a selective abortion.
    • Alice has second thoughts about using the fertility drugs to become pregnant, or even about becoming pregnant in the first place. She simply puts the pills away in the dark recesses of her medicine cabinet, or disposes of them.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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