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What are the types of twins?

What are the types of twins?

Identical/fraternal: Identical twins occur when a fertilized egg splits and results in 2 individuals with the same dna and same gender. Fraternal twins come from 2 separate fertilized eggs. They do not have the same dna and can be the same or opposite gender. ...Read more

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How can I know if I am having twins?

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 more

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How do you know when your having twins?

How do you know when your having twins?

Pretty early: You can sometimes know you're having twins early based on your serum HCG levels (they are higher with twins) as early as 4 weeks after your period. Overall, though, you should be able to determine you're having twins on ultrasound as early as 5 - 6 weeks after your last period! so exciting! ...Read more

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How can I conceive twins?

How can I conceive twins?

Cross your fingers: The frequency of natural twinning is between 1-2%. Use of fertility medications can increase that chance to as high as 25%, but its considered medically inappropriate to administer fertility medicines purely for the purpose of conceiving multiples. ...Read more

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Is it true that giving birth to twins is hereditary?

Is it true that giving birth to twins is hereditary?

Yes: There is a gene that increases the chance of fraternal twins. This is not the most common reason for twins, though, so for most women twins is a random event, occurring about 1:100 pregnancies. Fertility treatment, of course, can increase this risk. Identical twins are not related to any gene. ...Read more

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Will I be able to breastfeed my twins?

Will I be able to breastfeed my twins?

Yes: Most women with twins find this entirely do-able but it will take some practice and help to get started. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of having twins with fertility treatments?

What is the likelihood of having twins with fertility treatments?

Depends on treatment: Clomid (clomiphene) ovulation induction may pose a 5-8% multiple pregnancy outcome. Injectable FSH treatment carries a higher risk of approximately 25%. In vitro fertilization carries a 30-35%, but this is highly dependent on number of embryos transferred to the uterus and several other parameters. ...Read more

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If i test positive on an early pregnancy test does that mean i could have twins?

If i test positive on an early pregnancy test does that mean i could have twins?

No: Testing positive on an Early Pregnancy Test means you are pregnant. It does not provide information about the number of potential babies. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I had an u/s done at 6 weeks. I thought i was 7. Found out it was twins. Found no heartbeat or flicker. Is it to soon?

I had an u/s  done  at 6 weeks. I  thought i was 7. Found out it was twins. Found no heartbeat or flicker.  Is it to soon?

Talk w/ Dr: The Dr who did the u/s is the best to ask about the results - that's part of the procedure! If there was anything drastically wrong - even mildly off - they'd probably have told you. But do call to ask all ?s you have. Yes, it might be a tiny bit soon in your case. Read here: http://americanpregnancy.org/while-pregnant/first-trimester/. ...Read more

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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 ?

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

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Are twins hereditary?

Are twins hereditary?

Yes: Usually fraternal or non-identical twins can be hereditary. More often in this day and age twins and higher order birth are related to fertility medications and ivf. ...Read more

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What is a stuck twin?

What is a stuck twin?

Donor in TTTS.: Stuck twin is a descriptive term for the donor twin in a case of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (ttts - seen in 15% of all monochorionic/diamniotic twins which comprise 1/3 of all twins - identical in lay terms). ...Read more

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What are stuck twins?

What are stuck twins?

Stuck twin: The term stuck twin refers to a set of twins which are sharing the same placenta. The term stuck refers to the twin which is not getting enough blood flow and has very little amniotic fluid around it. The other twin has too much blood flow and too much amniotic fluid. The condition is called twin to twin transfusion syndrome. ...Read more

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How to get twins baby?

How to get twins baby?

Careful what U wish4: Carrying a twin pregnancy is not something anyone plans - and for good reasons: it is fraught with risks for fetal loss, preterm birth, hypertension, diabetes and maternal health problems that are not desirable. You can only take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily and try to conceive naturally - 1% of the time twins result as an accident of conception - not a planned outcome. ...Read more

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How to get twins baby?

How to get twins baby?

Twins: There is no way to ensure that you have twins. They can run in families so you might have an increased possibility of having twins. And people that have had fertility treatment have an increased risk of having twins. It can happen when two eggs are released by the female at ovulation or when one egg splits after fertilization in which case the babies are identical twins. ...Read more

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What is vanishing twin?

What is vanishing twin?

Common occurence.: It seems that most of us started as multiples that spontaneously reduced to singleton pregnancies. Vanishing twin is the one that was lost in the first trimester. ...Read more

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When are most twins born?

When are most twins born?

Twin Births: I know of nothing to suggest that twins are born at any particular time more than another. They are born just like all babies when it is time or when a c-section is scheduled. ...Read more

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What are the types of twins?

Identical/fraternal: Identical twins occur when a fertilized egg splits and results in 2 individuals with the same dna and same gender. Fraternal twins come from 2 separate fertilized eggs. They do not have the same dna and can be the same or opposite gender. ...Read more

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What does locking twins mean?

What does locking twins mean?

Rare - bad!: Locked twins are monochorionic/monoamniotic twins that have locked heads so that the breech presenting one cannot be delivered because the cephalic second twin is holding it in utero by locking their jaws. Extremely rare and potentially lethal, unless a cesarean section is promptly undertaken. ...Read more