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Old Nov 14th, 2016, 13:12 PM   1
mamabearaw
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Just Found Out I Am Having Twins!!


I just found out I was having twins last week at my 7 week scan. I just wanted to get some seasoned twin mama's point of views on these images, I know they are not very good . I do not see my doctor until the 28th so I am sitting on pins and needles to hear what he has to say.

Is it normal for one twin to have a bigger sac?
And these are fraternal correct? The ultrasound tech said they could still be identical if they are the same gender, but fraternal runs on my dad's side.

Also, can you tell if they are sharing a placenta or have their own? Or is it too early?

And finally, at what intervals did you have your scans? Should I expect my next one to be the 20 week gender scan or will I have on earlier? I don't know if I can wait 12 more weeks to see them again!

Thank you in advance!!



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Old Nov 14th, 2016, 13:48 PM   2
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No way of telling really as you said, even with everything separate, they may be ID. High chance of frat with a family history, but you never know!From what I have read, the placenta is not visable on ultrasound until a little later on.

I didn't get my first scan until 14+5. Mine are frat and I was told as standard I would be scanned at 20 weeks then every 4 weeks after, thou it ended up being significantly more as had complications but hopefully you will have a nice, smooth, healthy pregnancy!

It is common for development to be slightly different in the early stages. The most accurate gestation for dating is 11-13 weeks. It could also be down to the angle of the scan and how they are sitting in your uterus. They may have the same size sacs but just seeing them at different angles so appears smaller.



 
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Old Nov 14th, 2016, 13:49 PM   3
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Congrats! I would say they look like di di twins (separate sacs, separate placentas). I was told my girls were frats consistently throughout my pregnancy and when they were about a year we had them DNA tested and they were identical. (btw frats come down the maternal line, I think).
I think I was scanned at 12week and 20 weeks at which point we were told the gender.



 
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Old Nov 14th, 2016, 16:51 PM   4
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No way of telling really as you said, even with everything separate, they may be ID. High chance of frat with a family history, but you never know!From what I have read, the placenta is not visable on ultrasound until a little later on.

I didn't get my first scan until 14+5. Mine are frat and I was told as standard I would be scanned at 20 weeks then every 4 weeks after, thou it ended up being significantly more as had complications but hopefully you will have a nice, smooth, healthy pregnancy!

It is common for development to be slightly different in the early stages. The most accurate gestation for dating is 11-13 weeks. It could also be down to the angle of the scan and how they are sitting in your uterus. They may have the same size sacs but just seeing them at different angles so appears smaller.
Thank you so much! I am eager to get to the 20 week scan that is for sure! It's quite nerve wracking to think there are two in there! And I thought I was nervous with my first!

Did you end up with a c-section? I am assuming they are fairly common with multiples. Also, when did you deliver?



 
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Old Nov 14th, 2016, 16:53 PM   5
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Congrats! I would say they look like di di twins (separate sacs, separate placentas). I was told my girls were frats consistently throughout my pregnancy and when they were about a year we had them DNA tested and they were identical. (btw frats come down the maternal line, I think).
I think I was scanned at 12week and 20 weeks at which point we were told the gender.
Thank you! I thought it was maternal as well, but I guess your dad can pass it on to his daughters if they are on his side as well! But who knows, maybe I just got lucky!

I really hope I get a 12 week scan, I am hoping they will want to see more than what they did with the 7 week scan since they were so little it was hard for them to get their measurements.

When did you deliver your girls? I have read that they deliver twins by 37 weeks, and be ready to go anytime between 34-37 weeks. I haven't told work yet, but I need to tell them in a couple of weeks and I was just wondering if I should give them my 37 week date or 40 week date.

Thank you!



 
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Old Nov 15th, 2016, 06:00 AM   6
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Hi I am 15 weeks with twins and I had 12 weeks scan then I am being seen often now at 12.5 weeks and this thurs at 15.5 weeks as I have possible complications with one of the twins. Welcome to the twin group!!



 
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Old Nov 15th, 2016, 06:26 AM   7
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Congrats on your twins!

Im expecting Di-Di twins, and in answer to your question, in my early scans one twin had a bigger sac, but fingers crossed so far they have been perfectly healthy

The only struggle i have had so far is being so unwell! I get scanned every 4 weeks to keep an eye on growth/complications. They suspected early on that they would be fraternal as i ovulated from both sides, but it was confirmed at my later scans (16w-20weeks)


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Congrats! I would say they look like di di twins (separate sacs, separate placentas). I was told my girls were frats consistently throughout my pregnancy and when they were about a year we had them DNA tested and they were identical. (btw frats come down the maternal line, I think).
I think I was scanned at 12week and 20 weeks at which point we were told the gender.
Thank you! I thought it was maternal as well, but I guess your dad can pass it on to his daughters if they are on his side as well! But who knows, maybe I just got lucky!

I really hope I get a 12 week scan, I am hoping they will want to see more than what they did with the 7 week scan since they were so little it was hard for them to get their measurements.

When did you deliver your girls? I have read that they deliver twins by 37 weeks, and be ready to go anytime between 34-37 weeks. I haven't told work yet, but I need to tell them in a couple of weeks and I was just wondering if I should give them my 37 week date or 40 week date.

Thank you!
I delivered at 35+3 but they were fine. No nicu etc. Stayed in for a week as one twin lost a bit of weight but apart from that ok.



 
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Congrats! I would say they look like di di twins (separate sacs, separate placentas). I was told my girls were frats consistently throughout my pregnancy and when they were about a year we had them DNA tested and they were identical. (btw frats come down the maternal line, I think).
I think I was scanned at 12week and 20 weeks at which point we were told the gender.
Thank you! I thought it was maternal as well, but I guess your dad can pass it on to his daughters if they are on his side as well! But who knows, maybe I just got lucky!

I really hope I get a 12 week scan, I am hoping they will want to see more than what they did with the 7 week scan since they were so little it was hard for them to get their measurements.

When did you deliver your girls? I have read that they deliver twins by 37 weeks, and be ready to go anytime between 34-37 weeks. I haven't told work yet, but I need to tell them in a couple of weeks and I was just wondering if I should give them my 37 week date or 40 week date.

Thank you!
I delivered at 35+3 but they were fine. No nicu etc. Stayed in for a week as one twin lost a bit of weight but apart from that ok.



 
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Old Nov 16th, 2016, 15:05 PM   10
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Yes, fathers can pass the gene to the daughters. That is still the maternal line. It is just the man cannot cause his partner to have multiples.

I went into labour naturally and was delivered by section several hours later at 34 weeks. They said their was an issue with his cord which could be life threatening for all 3 of us so I had to have a section. However, when I had a vbac with my singleton, they asked the reasoning for the section. I told them exactly what the consultant told me at the time and they recon the section was actually not needed. But who knows. They never saw the scans, or maybe my consultant with them just really didn't like delivering twins vaginally ...

I have known plenty ladies successfully deliver both vaginally.

The standard gestation of delivery can vary a lot depending on type of twins, how the pregnancy goes and what hospital you are at. I have known some with frats and no complications at all go to 40+ weeks and others in the same situation be told they have to be induced at 38 weeks 'because it's twins'. Identicals tend to be delivered a bit earlier.



 
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