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Old Dec 26th, 2012, 18:04 PM   1
Guppy051708
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How early in pregnancy can multiples be identified?


What is the earliest multiples can be seen on transvaginal ultrasound? Would 5+3 be late enough or is there still a chance they could miss one?



 
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Old Dec 26th, 2012, 18:43 PM   2
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I guess as early as any pregnancy can be identified. Mine was at 6 weeks.
There is a lady on here who is a bit of an expert on scans - drsquid I think....!



 
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Old Dec 26th, 2012, 19:06 PM   3
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Yeah shes a sonographer, very handy lady to have in these parts

I obviously can't help as I didn't find out until two days before they were born but I just wanted to stop by and say its nice to see you in this section of the forum and I hope you can stay x



 
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Old Dec 26th, 2012, 20:04 PM   4
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Our scan at 6.5 weeks showed our mo/di twins clear as day.
I'm no expert, but I would think you would see di/di twins earlier as they are two seperate placentas/sacs, ID twins sharing a sac (with or without a seperating membrane) might be harder to distinguish. Then the earlier you are you wouldn't be able to tell if they are viable twins (heartbeats) anyway? I hope that my ramble makes some kind of sense LOL



 
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Old Dec 26th, 2012, 20:08 PM   5
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^makes perfect sense

thanks ladies!

henrysmum- i hope i get to stay in this section but i have to admit im getting very nervous with the prospect of having 4 under 3 but man would i love me some twin loving too



 
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Old Dec 26th, 2012, 20:23 PM   6
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We refused any scans until 8 weeks, so we found out for sure then. I really knew all along (even before we conceived) though.



 
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Old Dec 26th, 2012, 20:24 PM   7
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Ive been feeling like im going to have twins since TTC, but idk...maybe im just crazy but i will eat my words if i find out about multiples!



 
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Old Dec 27th, 2012, 03:21 AM   8
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It isn't unusual for an embryo to be missed or not visible in the early weeks hun, so it's still possible there might be another. I didn't have my first scan til 10/11wks so they'd we're very obvious by then, but there have been a few ladies here where one was missed, or there was a second less obvious 'blob' which turned out to be two xx



 
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Old Dec 27th, 2012, 13:57 PM   9
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im actually not a sonographer but rather a radiologist. but thanks for the compliments =) given how quickly scans change early on it is quite possible that an early scan where you barely have a sac could miss a second sac. often we do a scan and find no sac and a few days later there is a sac, yolk sac etc. many people have twins that measure different dates so if you catch it too early one might be visible the other not. by the time you start getting fetal poles, heart beats etc it becomes less likely (or less likely the other will be viable if it is that much smaller or less developed). theoretically one can be missed later on when they get large but that seems rather unlikely to me as all my scans (and trust me ive done a ton on myself despite my poor scanning skills) and never yet had trouble identifying that there were two boogers in there. only scan with a question was the very first... and that made it look like 3. that is why it is well worth waiting til 7 weeks or so to scan. by then it is pretty clear if there is a baby, and if so how many rather than worrying about empty sacs etc. good luck



 
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