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#1 of 9 Old 02-06-2008, 04:24 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am currently 18 weeks pregnant with twins. Both have their own amniotic sacs and placentas. I have been feeling quite a bit of movement on my far right side and only very mild movement on the left side. At my midwife appointment this morning we heard two distinct heartbeats - one on the right and one on the left. Are the babies big enough now that they will pretty much be on those sides for the duration of the pregnancy? I realize they will move around somewhat, but in general. Would they be able to completely switch sides?

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I wouldn't think so.

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I'm almost 27 weeks and ALWAYS feel more movement on my right side, than on my left. I did learn that one baby is more posterior than the other, so maybe I feel the one who is closer to the surface more. Also, I feel like I know which baby is which, and have since feeling movement. However, I have read that many mamas have felt the same, then saw during an ultrasound that the "less active" baby was actually adding to the movement they attributed to the "active" one. So who knows there! I do know that babies can change roles, such as B being the one to present first, (as A usually takes that role), but I don't think that they can actually change sides. At least that's my impression.
I do think that baby B is able to squirm a lot more and try to get comfortable. Baby A has been vertex for a while, so she has her comfortable position, but I felt B going to my left ribs last night (she can lie above and transverse). At least I think that's what's going on. Also, I was not feeling movement on my left side and began to slightly worry. I happened to be looking down at my belly and saw my shirt "jump" on the left side. I didn't feel it, but there was sure movement! So, who knows! Hope this helps
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I am 18 weeks too, and last week when we had our latest m/w appointment, I found out that yes, actually they can move from side to side. She explained to me that the sac is sort of like plastic wrap that is very moveable. The reason she was explaining this to me is because we found both heartbeats on the same side, when they werent there before. Baby B had swum over to cuddle with his/her twin. So...while the placenta's stay put, the babies can move around alot, especially at this stage when there still is a lot of room...so to speak.

Also, my babies are one on each side, but also one is more in front than the other, so I feel movement more on that side, but I also get these big sweeping movement feelings that I thought were branxton hicks, but I now think are just them rolling around.
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at my Level 2 u/s, the tech told me where each baby was ... basically, both head down, one on the left, one on the right. I told her at that point, I felt MUCH more movement on the R side. She told me that Baby B (on the L) was head down, and facing toward my spine .. which may have made a difference in what I was feeling.

Now ... they are BOTH active, pretty much equally ... (we're at 23 weeks now)

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I don't know that mine can switch places since one is on the posterior side of my uterus and one on the anterior. I'd not thought of it!
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Mine swapped sides around 36 weeks! They can do it if they want to. One of my twins was always way more active than the other also. I barely felt one of them but the other was all over the place and always in a different possition.
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Well, I guess I won't count on them staying put . I was just wondering as I am starting to feel that bond that happens when you're pregnant and wondering if I could count on them always kind of being in the same place. I guess I need to get to know more about them through their kicking habits as it becomes more obvious.

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I'm at 28.5 weeks now. Mine stayed on 'their own sides' until around 27 weeks. Now one is posterior and low - Baby A, vertex, thank goodness and please stay that way!, and the other one likes to swim around from being on the right side to the left side to laying diagonally across my belly to being right on top of the sibling... Busy baby B... need to convince that one to turn vertex. B has always been more active in the kicking department, though, and is now enjoying exploring all of the extra room that his/her sibling made for him/her!

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