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What Does Dichorionic Twins Mean
Yes: While the diagnosis may be suspected, it can only be confirmed by close examination of the placentas or genetic testing before/after delivery. Usually with early ultrasounds, we can be pretty sure about identical or monozygotic twins. It means that during very early embryo development, one embryo split into two. ...Read more
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
Multiple babies: Multiple gestation means more than one baby at a time. They can be twins, triplets, etc. The multiple can be identical or fraternal. Our infertility treatments increase the risk for having multiples. Multiples are much more complicated pregnancies (more for babies than mom). We are trying to reduce the number of multiples with our treatments. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good question: In general, great than 4 cm. It's thought to be due to various intrauterine infections and increased fetal morbidity and mortality. The literature is all over the place, however. If baby is growing fine, that's all that's important. ...Read more
Pseudo pregnancy: False pregnancy, or pseudocyesis, is the belief that one is pregnant although one is not truly carrying a child. Many of the symptoms of pregnancy may be present, even though an actual fetus is not. It happens in 1-6 out of every 22, 000 live births. Even men may experience sympathetic pregnancy, or "couvade." http://tinyurl.Com/k4p2225 they develop nausea, weight gain, etc, like their partners. ...Read more
Definitions: Ovulation is when an egg is released by the ovaries, which usually happens in women each month. Fertilization is when that released egg meets sperm from a male, causing a series of events to occur which, barring any problems, typically results in a baby about nine months later. ...Read more
Venous congestion.: Congratulations on your pregnancy! this can be an exciting time. This can also be a time of discovery for other aspects of your body. With a baby onboard, this space occupying heaviness can impede the normal venous flow from the feet and legs to the heart. Pooled venous blood in your feet is blue due to low oxygenation--in contradistinction to the red oxygenated blood flowing from the heart. ...Read more
Ovulation: Its the process of releasing an egg (or two) from the ovary. After ovulation, the space where the egg came from forms a cyst, called the corpus luteal cyst, which starts making Progesterone to help get the uterus ready for a pregnancy. Once the egg comes out, it will only last an hour or two, so for fertilization (and pregnancy) to occur, it has to fall into a pool of sperm. ...Read more
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