Congratulations:The Anomaly Scan
This scan from about 18 to 20+6 weeks pregnant and is designed to check on your baby’s development and see where your placenta is lying and the amount of amniotic fluid your baby has to swim in. It is done to detect babies that need special care. Some of the problems picked up may be very serious and may mean the baby can’t survive or the problems may be treatable once the baby is born. It is much better the hospital team know of problems in advance so they can be prepared to give the best care. It is also much better as a parent to be prepared if your baby has a serious problem. It is also used to see where the placenta lies just in case it has settled low down in the lower part of your uterus and can then possibly obstruct birth.
If there are no problems it is utterly delightful seeing a little person wave and wriggle! Some may even be asleep. It is also an opportunity in some hospitals for you to find out the sex of your baby if you want to.
By 18 weeks the twins in utero have been shown to reach out and touch each other and start interacting. May be in your case, Tess, they are either practicing a dance routine or sibling rivalry has started early!!
Twin pregnancies are, on the whole, ‘double trouble’. For the Mum it is more severe early pregnancy vomiting, heartburn, shortness of breath, backache, ankle swelling, piles and varicose veins. Not to mention more tiredness…also more scans and possibly more things to go wrong. Diet is important as you are feeding 2 babies not just one. It is especially important in twin pregnancies to eat a very low sugar diet for 2 reasons, firstly because high sugars can make your baby bigger and secondly not to have too much amniotic fluid which brings its own problems.
© Dr Claire Winstanley via Tess Egerton site 2013