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post #21 of 73
My MW recommended an ultrasound based on fundal height. I waited a month, and then got one. I recommend it. Twins have many issues that can be addressed if they're found early on, and you'll want to know whether you have increased nutritional needs.
post #22 of 73
I found out at 11 weeks when we were doing a viability u/s. I was so sure that I was no longer pg, that I was totally in the mindset of going on with only the kids I have and not adding anymore. I had planned out my whole next triathlon season. Not to be! I don't think I'll be in any swim suits next summer! I'm due in june 07.

I'm glad I know so we can plan ahead and I'm much more careful with my nutrition. If we didn't find out I'd be up the creek, since we can only fit one more kid in our largest car! Now I have 5 months to research and purchase.

I am new to this twin thing, but I can imagine that it may take a while to find out only going by hb, since they can both have the same rate. Ours did at their first u/s.

Good luck and thanks for starting this thread. i like reading all the responses and variations.

Heather- sahm with a 6 yo ds, 3 yo dd and 3 month old dfd.
post #23 of 73
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Originally Posted by sunshinebabies3 View Post
A doppler isnt an u/s. there is no visual. it simply listens for a heartbeat.
Yes, but a doppler uses ultrasound waves to hear the heartbeat. And those waves are a steady stream on a doppler, but more of a pulse on the U/S machines, so you're actually exposing your baby to more ultrasound waves with a doppler.
post #24 of 73
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Originally Posted by Qalliope View Post
Yes, but a doppler uses ultrasound waves to hear the heartbeat. And those waves are a steady stream on a doppler, but more of a pulse on the U/S machines, so you're actually exposing your baby to more ultrasound waves with a doppler.
Yes, thank you.
post #25 of 73
Well...I wasn't sick at all unless I wasn't eating enough or around a smoker (You know, when the smell is saturated into everything). I had an u's at 6 weeks and then at 8 weeks because one of the girls was a lot smaller and there was concern. I also had some due to bleeding early on and some more due to an issue one of the girls had plus regular checks for funnelling and shortening of my cervix.

That said, I knew before the doc asked if we had a big place. I alwasy talked to my belly in plural and just knew. Though, I was expecting twins.

I do know someone who had T2T Transfusion and saw firsthand the problems and fright they went through with her girls so I was all for the u/s to make sure. My thought was that (G-d forbid) there is something wrong and I didn't do anything I would never forgive myself.

Good luck with what you decide!

Also, I don't know about twins, but with 3 I could definately tell there was more than one moving around sometimes.
post #26 of 73
Thread Starter 
Yep, we knew that Doppler was a form of u/s so we were avoiding it as well, but the mw must've forgotten and it was snowing heavily so we were preoccupied with getting home safely (we never did make it home that night )

If I am still measuring ahead at my next visit (18 weeks) I'll considered more seriously the u/s. We will also need a (much) larger vehicle and it would be nice if that wasn't an impulse purchase!

Still lovin' the stories, Mamas!
post #27 of 73
We found out around 6 weeks. I had had a miscarriage previously, and the dr. wanted to reassure herself/me that everything was good. I went in and the ultrasound tech did a quick scan with the wand before doing it transvaginally. while she was scanning she suddenly stopped. I became alarmed and asked if everything was okay. Her reply was: Oh, yes, yes, everything is okay. It's just that there are two.

The funny thing is - well, not funny haha - that ever since I had found out I was pregnant, I had been praying that they would be okay.
Also, when I was little, my grandmother and I always talked about how I would have twins and what I would name them - we came up with truly great names that no one would use. She had always wanted twins and was disappointed that she didn't. the only thing that saddens me is that I can't share my miracle with her today.
post #28 of 73
Here's a quick story. When I was 14w -- and before I found out I was having twins -- I went in for an appt with my midwife and she couldn't find the heartrate with the doppler. I had no doubt that I was still pregnant, but she wanted to do a quick u/s just to find the heart beat. She did a quick u/s that showed one baby, viola.

I always look back at that u/s pic and She must have only been looking for one baby, and she saw one baby, and that was that! It wasn't until my 18w u/s that the tech found twins.
post #29 of 73
Oh Rivka, what a beautiful story about your Grandmother. My Grandmother meant he WORLD to me (still does). She is still alive but has had end stage Alzheimer's for more than 15 years now. It's been a long haul. She doesn't speak or do anything independantly anymore. When I was pregnant with my first I told her before anyone else. i drove 6 hours to whisper in her ear and even through the fog I got a HUGE smile. (which is a mightly big accomplishment) I would have loved to share twins with her. She would be so excited and happy (and totally shocked I think)

I'm curious...Did you name your girls with the names that you picked out with your grandmother years ago?
post #30 of 73
My mom also had twins but only one survived. Back then the doctor did not know that she was carrying twins, never heard two heart beats. She felt like she was in labor at 7 mos pregnant and the Doc sent her back home saying it was false labor. (keep in mind she didn't speak english very well or understand) Then it got stronger so she went back to the hospital and she suffered for hours. We think she had placenta previa, there was meconium swallowed, so long story short one was 2 1/2 lbs and one 4 lbs. The 4 lb baby only survived for 2 days. I think if there was ultrasound back then, my brother would have survived. So you can imagine when I carried my twins she was a nervous wreck, I think she called me everyday and helped me out alot and made sure I went for my ultrasounds. When I did I told the tech each time get what you need and get it off quickly (although it was tempting at times to see them and watch them move around).
post #31 of 73
Maybe you could tell the doctor/midwife that you are against u/s, but that you want one, just to tell how many are in there and if they are sharing a placenta, etc. Maybe the u/s tech willl respect your wishes and hurry it up.
post #32 of 73
I know my naturally minded friend and I (both carrying twins) used different US offices. but we have both mentioned we aren't "into" the exposure and don;t want a lot of commentary until after and to please just get in get out kind of thing and the techs have been very respectful of that.
post #33 of 73
I found out @ 10w by u/s b/c I wasn't sure of my last period. Long story short, my id twins were TTTS survivors, too & I'm pretty thankful for the medical technology that helped us have both of them.
post #34 of 73
I didn't measure large until 31 weeks or so. I had nomral m/s, and didn't feel movement until 17 weeks, AND this was my third pregnancy.

I did have bad pubic pain from about 20 weeks on. I also had a short bout with preterm labor at 25 weeks. Nothing came of it though.

Finally, at 34 weeks I got an u/s. I was measuring 42cm, yet my mw's and an ob didn't think it was twins: I had to demand an u/s. Sure enough, 2 babies. They were born 5 days later.

Personally, I really wish I had known earlier. We didn't have a car big enough for everyone. I didn't even have one carseat yet, let alone two. I was getting really depressed and losing faith in my body. I didn't understand why I was having so many pubic bone issues. Afterwards, I felt really good knowing that my body was growing 2 babies!

At least you are suspecting twins. You can at least mentally prepare for the possibility, which is a very good thing. I had NO idea. It was such a huge shock, and I was freaked out with the idea of 1 baby! My second child was only 12 months when we concieved.

GL! Twins really are a blessing.
post #35 of 73
I would reconsider your view on "medically indicated". If you are having twins (or more - especially if you are having more). Your approach to your pregnancy will be vary different - and those steps you take could have a very large effect on the health and size of your babies. For instance, weight gain with multiples is critical - and difficult to do as time goes on - so to reach optimal weight, many MOMs engage the practice of "front loading" the weight gain during the first 20 weeks of the pregnancy. There are other nutritional issues like protein intake, etc.

Not to mention the scarier things PPs have mentioned liked TTTS, MOMO, etc.

I'd consider it medically indicated.
post #36 of 73
I dont have twins myself but I agree with what many have said. TTTS is probably the most valid reason for U/S with twin pg.
Other than that, if you do not want the intervention, and the suspence doesnt eat you alive, then maybe you should consider treating this pregnancy as if you are having twins.
Do your research, eat right, and there is a good possibility that as they get bigger you will find more indicators. It was common for 2 different hbs to be detected with fetoscope before the advance of technology. Care providers were better trained and had more practice using the fetoscope back then. Now everyone relies so heavily on the doppler.

as far as sharing a sac and getting tangled and all that otheres have mentioned (besides TTTS) I dont see how u/s really helps. It helps keep you informed and allows you to be prepared ahead, but there isnt much that can be done abotu many of those thing before birth, so you have to decided in yourself if any of that would change your birthing plan, if not it may not be important to know.

if you really think you woudl benifit from knowing, you should reconsider the U/S but keep in mind, if your tech isnt thourough, they can be missed. I dont understand it, but it happens.
post #37 of 73
We suspected by 6 weeks and it was confirmed aat 14 weeks with an ultrasound (because I lost a triplet.)

I would not treat a regular pregnancy like a twin pregnancy, you would end up eating WAY too much protein and gain way too much weight.

Issues for twins that others haven't mentions:

prematurity - you really need to pay attention to ALL contractions
physicallity of it - you are soooooo tired and sooooo uncomfortable those last months.
Prep time - you need a support system set up BEFORE the are there, if possible.

There are other things, but my tired brain won't remember, sigh.

But twins are a wonderful experience!!
post #38 of 73
We found out at 6 weeks via u/s. I already knew it was twins, but wanted it confirmed. My twin pregnancy wasn't very different from my singleton pregnancy, although I was more hungry with the twins. We were always able to hear both babies heartbeats with the doppler (from 13 weeks when we first tried). I didn't know then about how bad doppler was. I didn't have it with my subsequent singleton pregnancy. If you'd rather do doppler than u/s, you could try using two dopplers at once. That would be a quick and easy way to confirm twins (assuming their heartrates were different--my boys were always about 5 beats off from each other).

With my singleton pregnancy, I started measuring pretty far ahead by the third trimester. I ended up being 48 cm at 40 weeks when he was born. With my twins, I was 51 cm at 38 weeks.

Good luck whatever you decide!

Lex
post #39 of 73
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Originally Posted by earcher View Post
Oh Rivka, what a beautiful story about your Grandmother. My Grandmother meant he WORLD to me (still does). She is still alive but has had end stage Alzheimer's for more than 15 years now. It's been a long haul. She doesn't speak or do anything independantly anymore. When I was pregnant with my first I told her before anyone else. i drove 6 hours to whisper in her ear and even through the fog I got a HUGE smile. (which is a mightly big accomplishment) I would have loved to share twins with her. She would be so excited and happy (and totally shocked I think)

I'm curious...Did you name your girls with the names that you picked out with your grandmother years ago?
Well, actually one of my twins is a boy, but his name would sound girly to someone who wouldn't know Hebrew . No, I didn't use the names we came up with: such as: clyde and Clive, Percy and Persimmon, etc
post #40 of 73
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the responses! You've all given me a lot to consider when it comes to how I approach this pregnancy. BTW, I felt movement last night with my hand from the outside! How cool is that?
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