2nd Trimester: 2nd Prenatal Visit
Today you'll get to see your tiny babies! You'll be having an ultrasound so that your doctor can check your babies' fingers, toes, and organs, and whether they are growing at a healthy rate. You may even find out your babies' genders at this visit.
What You Can Expect:
Your doctor or an ultrasound technician will carefully examine your babies using ultrasound, counting fingers and toes, taking organ measurements, and trying to identify your babies' genders. It can take a while, so you'll get a long look at your little ones. Bring your spouse or partner along, because this may be your best chance to see your babies before they are born. Be sure to tell your doctor or the technician beforehand if you don't want to know your babies' sex -- otherwise, he or she may announce it aloud! Be sure to ask for pictures or even a disc containing pictures.
If you're carrying twins that share a placenta, your doctor will check that the babies don't have TTS. Your doctor will ask you to make another appointment to check for this again at 22 weeks. If your babies are not sharing a placenta you may not need an ultrasound every two weeks, but you will likely need multiple ultrasound exams during the pregnancy to check on the growth of your babies.
During this visit, your doctor may ask you whether:
You feel tiny flutters or kicks from your twins. If you have, your doctor may have you keep track of those movements so you can learn your twin's general activity level.
You're considering breastfeeding. Your doctor will explain the many health benefits of breastfeeding for you and your babies. Even though you are having twins, you can still breastfeed -- it just takes a little extra work and patience. Your doctor may refer you to a lactation consultant to learn more about breastfeeding.
As with other appointments, your doctor will:
- Check your weight and blood pressure
- Check your babies' heart rates
- Ask you to leave a urine sample to check sugar and protein levels.