Pregnant With Twins

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?

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.
 

By Karen Moise, RN