Advice from other twin moms
What’s going on with those twinnies?
Your twins each weigh about 8. 5 oz, which is about the size of a mango.
Your twins’ developing senses of smell, vision, touch, taste, and hearing may allow them to pick up on your voice. Talk, sing or read out loud to them. You never know when they might be listening!.
Typical tests that are done
Between weeks 18-22 you’ll have a level 2 anatomy scan. Typically, at this time, you can learn the sex of your babies. However, don’t be surprised if it’s difficult to see one or both of the babies’ genitalia to determine the sex; this is typically due to the position the babies are in. Your medical team will evaluate the position of the placenta(s), umbilical cord(s), and amniotic fluid levels during this scan in addition to the development of each baby’s brain, face, heart, spine, and other major organs. If you are asked to return for a follow-up scan, do not be shocked. Because it’s frequently challenging for the technician to get a good picture if your babies are not cooperating, this is very common with multiple birth pregnancies.
If you’ve decided to perform an MMS, or multiple marker screening, k. a. Between week 15 of pregnancy and week 20 of pregnancy, you’ll have blood drawn for a Triple or Quad Screen Test. In order to provide a pregnant woman with a more accurate assessment of her baby’s risk of neural tube defects than the first-trimester screening does, this test measures the levels of specific proteins and hormones in her blood.
Another optional test is amniocentesis, which is performed between weeks 15 and 20. This invasive test can identify genetic diseases such as neural tube defects, chromosomal abnormalities, and others. Despite some risks, it is generally regarded as safe, so consult your doctor before deciding whether to undergo the procedure. If your triple or quad test results are abnormal or if your baby has a higher risk of genetic abnormalities, you may decide to have an amnio.
In order to perform the amniocentesis, the physician will use ultrasound to view inside your growing uterus. He or she will then insert a needle into the amniotic sac to collect a sample of fluid for testing.
“I felt the best I have in a while this week! Still taking nausea meds, but the most consistent “feeling good” I have witnessed since I found out I was pregnant. The one new thing I felt this week is that my calves and ankles started aching. I seriously want a leg massage all the time!” Lauren, 19 weeks pregnant with twins
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