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Q&A: Important questions to ask my doctor if I'm having twins?

What are some important questions I need to ask my doc if I’m having twins?

Re: What are some important questions I need to ask my doc if I’m having twins?

The Bump Expert

First things first, you’ll want to find out whether you’re having  monochorionic twins (identical babies who share the same amniotic sac) or dizygotic twins (fraternal babies who have their own sacs). This is the most important thing to clarify with your doctor if you’re having multiples, since monochorionic twins need a little extra attention when monitoring their development and you’ll want to make sure both of your babies are getting enough care.

By nature, more health issues are taken into consideration during multiple pregnancies, but don’t let that stress you out. Knowing the right questions to ask will help you take preventative measures to successfully detect -- and correct -- potential complications. After you find out what type of twins you’re having, here are five more questions you should ask your doc:

1.    Should I see an MFM (maternal-fetal medicine specialist, perinatologist) during my pregnancy?
These MDs have received higher levels of training specifically for high-risk pregnancies and can help ensure you’re being monitored appropriately.
2.    Does each baby have its own placenta and amniotic sac?
Babies who share a placenta and amniotic sac need to be watched closely to ensure they remain healthy in their shared space.
3.    Are my babies the same size?
Your babies should grow at about the same rate. If one’s smaller than the other, this may be a sign of distress.
4.    Are the amniotic fluid levels balanced?
Excess amniotic fluids are also a potential sign of distress.
5.    What is my cervical length?
This is something that’s often overlooked by many doctors. A thinning or shortening cervix can be a telltale sign of a problematic pregnancy.

Above all, don’t be afraid to call or email a nurse or MD with any questions or concerns -- remember, they’re there to help.
 

Karen Moise, RN

Q&A: Important questions to ask my doctor if I'm having twins?

I'm having monochorinic:diamniotic twins, that is twins in the same placenta but with seperate amniotic sacs. We are high risk and see Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists to make sure we don't get the twin to twin transfusion syndrome. So far so good, we are 18wks and doing fine!

turtlegirlkate |

Q&A: Important questions to ask my doctor if I'm having twins?

i'm having fraternal twins each baby has own sac and placenta. 24 weeks today and havent seen my obgyn and wont get to till the 11th... hopefully all is good and twins are healthy!!!

Kummer2011 |

Q&A: Important questions to ask my doctor if I'm having twins?

found out fraternal twins can also be TTTS look it up its common and very seriouse...

Kummer2011 |

Q&A: Important questions to ask my doctor if I'm having twins?

Twins can sometimes provide to be complicated and that is why it's best to have close doctor supervision. It's quite similar to being in an opium rehab. You must always be careful with what you do and be under close doctor supervision.

jacklondon |

Q&A: Important questions to ask my doctor if I'm having twins?

I am 23 weeks along with fraternal twin girls. We are seeing a maternal Fetal medicine specialist and going in for cervical monitoring and baby monitoring about every 2 weeks b/c I am considered high risk due to some complications from IVF. However, both of the girls are doing great and things are progressing beautifully. :) I did ask about TTS with fraternal twins, and was told that there is basically a 0% chance of TTS with 2 separate placentas. The only slight risk is that the 2 placentas grow together, and MAY cause a risk of TTS, but there have been zero documented cases of this. Otherwise, fraternal twins are in the clear for TTS.

Jamesthegirl21 |