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Bez9087 Thu 05-Oct-17 09:22:40

Hi all
As title says any twin mums? I had an early scan at 6+5 due to a loss in 2011 (27weeks) anyway they found two babies in seperate sacs both heartbeats seen. I have my dating scan tomorrow and I cannot explain how nervous I am about vanishing twin. I have had no symptoms to suggest it has happened. I have still had bad nausea, tiredness and my stomach looks like I’m about 5 months pregnant not just 3! This is my 4th pregnancy. Anyway i know I’m rambling just wondered if any other twin mums out there or had early scans seen two and gone back to dating scan and two still there. I’m gonna drive myself insane waiting.
Also chose to have the Nuchal test did any of you have it with twins? Can’t find much info about it on twins. Thanks

AnUtterIdiot Thu 05-Oct-17 10:24:36

I'm 28 + 4 with twins! I didn't have a really early scan - had a scan at 10 weeks because I thought I was miscarrying but it turned out that I wasn't and also that I was having twins. Mine are DCDA - sounds like yours might be too (the least risky of twin pregnancies). Went back for 12 week scan and both present and correct.

I did also worry about vanishing twin, but I think if you've seen a heartbeat your prospects of them both sticking around are good. If one of them does vanish, that would be very hard emotionally but I was told that if vanishing twin happens in the first trimester it doesn't affect the other twin.

I'm not sure what you mean by the nuchal test? I just had what they usually offer at the hospital, i.e. blood test plus nuchal fold measurement and the usual scans. All normal for me and we came back low risk. You can have a Harmony test with twins (or something similar) but I think that if one twin is positive then the test can't tell you whether both twins have it or only one, or which twin it is, so you would still have to have an amnio or CVS.

Anyway - congratulations! Be warned: you'll hear the words "high risk" a lot during a twin pregnancy. But it's still fantastic to be having them!

SupermarketSally Thu 05-Oct-17 10:33:34

Congratulations! I'm 16+3 with DC/DA Twins, these are also my 4th pregnancy.

I was really worried about vanishing twin but everything was fine for me and there's 2 wiggly babies in there. I expressed my concerns to my midwife she she said once you have seen 2 heartbeats the risk dramatically reduces.

We had the nuchal testing, I wasn't sure if they'd do it with twins but they took the measurements and bloods and I had the results back a week later so just like my singleton pregnancies.

Good luck OP, feel free to message me anything if you'd like smile

Bez9087 Thu 05-Oct-17 10:35:16

Thanks for your reply.
That’s what I meant the Nuchal fold test with bloods as the specialist midwife seemed to keep saying not many have it etc with twins because of funny results.
That’s all I keep telling myself that if I have seen both heartbeats and measuring same dates then that’s a good sign plus they surley would have said if they didn’t think one was viable? And they have put me consultant let (I usually am after my second pregnancy though due to him having a chromosome issue) I’m so nervous for tomorrow’s scan I just want it over so I can try to enjoy the pregnancy.
Heard high risk a lot the last few weeks I’m glad in a way they are classed as the least complicated ones as it just makes it a little more reassuring.
How you feeling at 28 weeks? Are you measuring bigger than a singleton? I’m already getting annoyed with everyone saying how big I am already and that I am going to be massive and the how are you going to run around after our three year old when he’s playing up etc 🤔 just not helpful sometimes. X

Bez9087 Thu 05-Oct-17 10:37:47

That’s fab supermarket sally to hear. I keep reassuring myself that but it just feels so long from our last scan to this one.
I know it’s just a waiting game and I keep telling myself I’ll enjoy it after the dating scan but I know like my previous pregnancy I won’t rest until the anomaly scan has been done as that’s when they first identified a problem with my second pregnancy. It’s just so hard but really trying to enjoy it as I know this is our last. X

gruffalocake2 Thu 05-Oct-17 10:39:59

I had a 7wk scan due to 2 miscarriages and found dcda twins. Now 32 wks so all working out so far. You can have nuchal test and bloods and an Iona/harmony test.

Bez9087 Thu 05-Oct-17 10:50:42

What’s a harmony test? The specialist midwife I am under hasn’t said anything about that apart from the Nuchal fold screening Which i had with my son.
Another positive story I know I’m making it worse for myself by constantly worrying about it. I know it will probably all be fine and no vanishing twin just my mind going stir crazy x

SnugglySnerd Thu 05-Oct-17 10:52:38

I had am early scan due to bleeding at 8 weeks. My twins are now 7 months old. Good luck!

Bez9087 Thu 05-Oct-17 11:01:27

Thankyou.
Feel a lot more reassured I know it’s my mind going into overtime. X

AnUtterIdiot Thu 05-Oct-17 11:28:53

I think I am a bit bigger than singleton mums at 28 weeks, but I'm also tall so I'm not horrifically uncomfortable yet!

I've found that a lot of people have been quite negative about the amount of work involved with twins. I just ignore them. These are our first children so I figure we'd be reeling and exhausted with a singleton anyway.

Starwhisperer Thu 05-Oct-17 11:40:10

We found my twins at 5 weeks due to my miscarriage history. I spent the entire pregnancy worrying but I have 2 little 6 weeks old 3 babies cuddling me now.

We only did nuchal fold measurements, no blood test as my Dr advised they can give funky results with twins.

My pregnancy wasn't much fun. I developed pre eclampsia and spent 2 weeks in hospital before the babies were delivered. They were worth it all though. They are hard work but it's manageable.

Good luck!

Bez9087 Thu 05-Oct-17 12:57:57

AnUtterIdiot that’s reassuring. This is our 4&5 we have a 7 and 3 year old already and like I said people like to comment how much more challenging it will be with two more. I agree with you though either way will be tired with just one or two newborns.
I’m starting to get excited now for tomorrow trying to push my worries to the back of my mind.
They have said they will do bloods with it but said sometimes not always reliable. IM not actually sure why we are doing it I want to say reassurance but then I guess it could prove worrying if anything came back “abnormal”
Who knows hopefully tomorrow afternoon I’ll be back onto cloud nine x

Bez9087 Thu 05-Oct-17 13:00:12

Starwhisperer
That sounds so cute I can’t wait for newborn snuggles. I’m so excited but then keep going really nervous.
Pre eclampsia is a bugger least they kept an eye on you although not ideal being in hospital. I worry about if I have to stay in for any period of time of my other two although hubby is great I know he struggles getting time off work but I suppose it’s a case of tough luck and will have too if push came to shove x

SnugglySnerd Thu 05-Oct-17 13:01:47

I have an older child too. It's hard when I'm on my own with all 3 but when she's at nursery it's fine. You find what works for you just as you would with one.

SupermarketSally Thu 05-Oct-17 15:03:05

Ours will be just turned 5, 4 and 2 when the twins arrive.. I've had the shock reaction a few times!

minniemouseears Thu 05-Oct-17 19:53:34

I couldn't have standard nt test with bloods when havinh my twins 6 years ago as gives screwed results back then instead I had a VERY detailed scan with a specialist looking for soft markers for downs even the bridges of their noses where viewed detailed look at the heart etc and nt measurements taken I was told at the time that statistically speaking this scan was as accurate as the blood test and nt screening performed at giving a high or low chance of the baby having any of the trisomy conditions. It was done at 12 weeks by my consultant.

minniemouseears Thu 05-Oct-17 19:55:26

Mine where babies 3 and 4 I had 3 and 2 year old at the time currently carrying no 6 😮

elvesareneverhappy Fri 06-Oct-17 07:00:09

I have nearly 2 year old twins. I found out at 7 weeks because I had a bleed. The first few weeks after we the worst because I discovered vanishing twin syndrome and I didn't feel too poorly. But they were fine. I had a straight forward pregnancy and had them via ELCS at 38 weeks. I also had a 2 year old at home who wasn't in childcare.

People always like to point out the negative but if you get through the first few months, it becomes your new normal. Yes it is hard sometimes, but having kids in general can be hard sometimes. I'm currently pregnant with DC 4 and I'm trying to hide it for as long as possible because I'm not interested in people's opinions about my choice.

Good luck with your scan and the rest of your pregnancy!

ellesbellesxxx Fri 06-Oct-17 07:40:07

Twins are the best! Ours are 4 months old now.
We had the nuchal folds measured at 12 week scan.
I was huge! Was induced at 36+3. I was v anxious for whole pregnancy but all was fine smile

Bez9087 Fri 06-Oct-17 09:16:49

Thankyou so much for all your replies. I think sometimes too much google is a bad thing 🙈
Woken up so nervous but now excited just want it to be this afternoon now so i can see them again.
I know it’s going to be hard work, luckily my 7 year old is in full time school and my 3 year old he goes to nursery three full school days. I used to work in a nursery in a baby unit so just keep telling myself have done it before I can do it again. I have heard routine is the key (I’m quite a stickler for routine) so keeping everything crossed we get through although let’s face it we have no choice but too lol! Thankyou for all your happy stories it was what I needed especially the ones who have had early scans.
I think people just like to stick their two pence in whenever they can I usually try to ignore it but on some days especially when my three year old is in mid meltdown it’s a lot harder to ignore. X

SnugglySnerd Fri 06-Oct-17 10:27:11

Good luck this afternoon. There are some excellent books on twins and also TAMBA. Their website has lots of advice from pregnancy onwards.

Bez9087 Sat 07-Oct-17 10:06:52

What books would you reccomend snugglysnerd?
We had the scan both babies led in perfectly position so got their Nuchal fold measurements one was 1.4 and one 1.5 so I’m guessing that’s classed as normal we had bloods too. Babies was wiggling about was really nice to watch. One is measuring three days smaller but been told that’s normal. I’m going to try let myself enjoy it now I have seen them both happy in there x

SnugglySnerd Sun 08-Oct-17 06:36:43

Pleased it went well, congratulations.

The book I found most helpful and normal was called Happy Twin Mum although I'm not sure if it's only avaiable as an ebook.

Definitely join TAMBA though. Lots of advice about pregnancy, birth, feeding etc and some good discounts for members eg shoes, holidays, buggies. Only costs a couple of quid a month to join.

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