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Can Twins Kick One Another In Utero
Yes: Even without a twin, a fetus can assume an abnormal position within the womb, or have arms/legs in distorted positions. These can produce transient deformations in any newborn. The presence of a twin within the same space can increase the risk of such deformations. Thankfully, positional distortions like these often improve with help after the babies are delivered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cesarean section!: 80% of all us twins are estimated to be born via c-section nowadays. If additional factors such as uterine anomalies are present then the risks of trial of labor increase even further and a prelabor c-section by 36-38 weeks may be preferable. Discuss these issues with your maternal-fetal medicine specialist in detail to choose the best option for your family. Vaginal delivery may be possible. ...Read more
Yes: Even though your child is a twin he or she has his or her unique personality and developmental trajectory. ...Read more
I like to know why does one identical twin have bags & puffiness under the yes and the other doesn't have it.
How can one unhealthy type person 5"7" be less weight then a fit 5"5"1/2 person? She's 5"7"-130ish I'm 5"51/2 150 and dropping. we're twins
Not just weight: Many other factors go into determining whether one is healthy or not. Diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol use, job, stress, general outlook and happiness in life, mental health issues, healthy personal relationships, owning a pet, job satisfaction, spiritual growth and development....and many more. ...Read more
I had a u/s and there was two sacs and one baby the tech said the baby was 5.5 weeks but there was a shadow where the other baby would be twins still?
Depends: Could be what we call a vanishing twin. Some people get tricked by something called a uterine synechium. In either case, it sounds like there is one healthy baby in there. ...Read more
They both die.: Unless they can be emergently/urgently separated with the focus on maximizing the survivor's chance of independent living, both conjoined twins die when one dies. ...Read more
Twins: if you are having twins then there is about 1/3 chance that they will be of the same gender as it would be from monozygote ie one egg and one sperm thus you have a 2/3 chance that there are 2 eggs (Dizygotic) and if they are dizygotic there is about 50 percent chance that they will be of different genders so in short you have a 1/3 chance of carrying twins of different genders. If you do not know ...Read more
Good question!: 6-25% of twins require c-section as an emergency procedure to save the life of the second twin after the first twin has delivered vaginally. That is why many obstetricians shy away from attempting vaginal delivery in anything but singleton cephalic fetuses. In fact, the us rate of cesarean section for twins is >80% at this time. The second twin has a 4-fold greater risk of dying at vaginal birth! ...Read more
At 9.5 weeks with twins, heartbeats were 167 and babies are 2.7cm & 3cm. At this point, what are the chances of miscarrying one or both twins?
Chances are lower: Obviously twins are a higher risk for complications than a single gestation but with 2 very healthy heartbeats you certainly can breathe somewhat easier. Your OB will go over with you risks of twins at the various gestational ages but i would try to relax at this point. ...Read more
Somewhat: When one twin dies in-utero there can be great shifts in the blood flow to the other fetus particularly if they share the same placenta. To make certain the remaining baby can hadle those shifts the baby is kept on the monitor, observed by ultrasound. If after a short time the baby looks stable then mom can go home with close follow up. As with any thing check with your provider. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Loss of one twin: It is possible to have lost a twin and carry the other twin to viability. Identical twins can be carried in two amniotic bags or one. When there are two it is possible to have the lose of one and carry the other twin to viability ...Read more
Could be, but...: Implantation bleeding is highly variable; most women do not experience implantation bleeding at all. I wouldn't read too much into it. ...Read more
I have 6 month old twins that were 6weeks early. One is very stiff all the time. Has rolled over but only. Handful of times. Is this a concern?
Yes: If you are concerned you should have the baby who seems stiff formally evaluated. ...Read more
Faternal twins at my last u/s they where in the t shape now I'm feelings kicks all over are they able to move all around I assumed they would stay t ?
Wrong assumption: When they are small enough they will move around. As they get bigger and take up more space they will inevitably restrict their ability to move around. There growth will be monitored by your OB. There are standard growth curves. Full term for twins is frequently 38 weeks. Best wishes for a successful pregnancy. ...Read more
Unless very: superficial connection, both twins are likely to die if not separated. ...Read more
Good one - no.: Although your question has metaphysical attributes, i would say that clearly cephalopagus conjoined twins are two genetically identical individuals fused at the head, but having separate brain anatomy and psyche. ...Read more
One of my twins died in utero, will doctors be able to find out if they were identical or fraternal?
Doc should know: Likely your doctor has ultrasound images that can tell fairly well if the babies shared a placenta and/or sac or not. That's detectable as early as 9 weeks of pregnancy, assuming you had an ultrasound in the first trimester. If your loss occurred earlier than that in the first trimester, then likely the doctor cannot tell if they were identical or not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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