You're in the homestretch, and your babies will soon arrive! If you're carrying twins that share a placenta, your doctor will deliver your babies this week. During this visit, your doctor will check your progress and answer your questions.
What You Can Expect:
If your twins share a placenta, this will be your last well-visit before the babies are born. During this visit, your doctor will:
- Help you prepare for the birth, mentally and physically
- Review details about the type of birth you'll be having, whether vaginal or C-section. If you have any final questions, ask them at this appointment.
- Remind you to bring your overnight bag, two infant car seats, and two cord-blood collection kits (if applicable) to the hospital for your delivery
- Check your weight and blood pressure
- Check your babies' heart rates
- Give you a non-stress test to measure the babies' heartbeats as they relate to their movements.
- Ask you to leave a urine sample to check sugar and protein levels
If your twins have separate placentas, your doctor will examine you as he or she normally does during a third trimester well-visit.
Be Prepared to Discuss:
Your doctor may explain some mandatory tests that will be performed on your newborns in the hospital, so you'll know what to expect.
- Newborn heel-prick test. A hospital doctor or nurse will collect a few drops of blood from your twins by pricking their heel. Babies are tested for a variety of inherited conditions, infectious diseases, and blood problems. Most babies are healthy, but these tests can catch certain conditions before symptoms appear.
- Newborn hearing test. A hospital pediatrician will use computerized equipment to test your babies' hearing before you leave the hospital. If the tests show a hearing loss, your doctor will refer you to a specialist for more testing and possibly treatment.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor:
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