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How Can I Know If I Am Having Twins
Early ultrasound: An ultrasound performed in the first trimester can confirm twins. Sometimes when twins are diagnosed very early, one of the twins may not survive and then the pregnancy usually will proceed normally as a singleton. Blood levels of the pregnancy hormone are also higher than a singleton pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on location: For women in north america fortunate enough to have ultrasound imaging provided, most will know about multiple fetuses before they are born. In some other parts of the world, they may need to rely on their size or perhaps number of bony parts protruding. Often, if no ultrasound has been performed, delivery of a baby smaller than expected, based on size of abdomen, is an indication to look for more. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sonography: There isn't a tell-tale way of knowing if you are having twins in the first trimester of pregnancy. Some women carrying multiples have exaggerated symptoms of pregnancy, like more pronounced nausea/vomiting. Ultimately, at some point during your pregnancy, you will have a sonogram performed and the twin pregnancy will be identified. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Often can be seen: By an ultrasound before 10 weeks.Get a more detailed answer ›
Depends--eggs, split: Twins from two eggs have two placentas (occasionally appear fused). Some twins from one egg have two and some have only one placental mass, even though there may be two amniotic sacs. In the past placentas were evaluated at delivery. Now we can learn lots by ultrasound. Occasionally additional testing is needed after delivery to determine if one placental mass or two closely positioned placentas. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Being Prepared: Twins and other multiple pregnancies can be harder on you and your body. Depending on the type of twins you are carrying your risks may be higher or lower. You need to discuss mode of delivery, timing of delivery and any other concerns you may have. It's also important to make arrangments with work as well as with family and friends in case you have any complications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NO!: There is no data to suggest that cervical cerclage helps prolong twin or other multifetal pregnancies. Do not listen to anyone telling you otherwise - in fact seek another physician to care for your high-risk pregnancy if your current doctor has this attitude. A maternal-fetal medicine specialist is your best bet. Nothing can prevent preterm birth in twins for more than 48 hours. ...Read more
Depends.: Twin pregnancies are definitely high risk for complications to all involved. If one had a choice, one would not choose to have anything but a singleton pregnancy at a time. That said, most twin pregnancies have great outcomes (double trouble!) under the care of competent maternal-fetal medicine specialists. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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