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Thursday, December 3rd 2009, 10:33am

Size of uterus with twins....

I've had a couple of midwife appointments now where they've measured the top and bottom of my uterus. Standard practice I believe ?(

Anyway, at 16 weeks, I measured abut 18-19 and yesterday at 24 weeks I measured 30-31 weeks. The comparison being for a singleton.

You'd think by now, they'd have markers for what size you should be with multiples?

Does it mean when you get to 38 weeks preggers you're the equivalent of about 50 weeks?? :shocked:

Have any of you other twin mums got similar comparisons? I'm not worrying about it just intrigued!

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Thursday, December 3rd 2009, 10:45am

I mesured 41 at 36 weeks and that is when i got the stetch marks, i saw your photo on the bump picture thread and from that i think we are similar size aswell, I guess we are all diferent thou.
Edited to say that, just checked my notes and i was same mesurments as you +/-1 at these stages.
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Thursday, December 3rd 2009, 10:48am

Thanks Eli - yep i think stretch marks will be inevitable :rolleyes:. My DH commented yesterday my bump is looking shiny so i don't think it's got much give left!! Eeeek!

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Thursday, December 3rd 2009, 1:38pm

My hospital don't bother measuring the fundus now as they just feel around there and say that as it's going to be bigger than a singleton pregnancy and there are no exact measurements then it's not worth doing. I can see how it's growing as twin 2's head sticks out at the top so that's a good measure for me!
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Thursday, December 3rd 2009, 1:55pm

kind of related to this topic:

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journ…ETRY=1&SRETRY=0

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Thursday, December 3rd 2009, 1:59pm

Hi Duffster,
The whole fundal measurement thing doesn't work for twins, especially as the twins get bigger. My midwife has only ever measured mine "for fun"!

Am finding lots of things don't apply to twins. Like when they do a CTG in hospital, for one baby they stick on a probe to measure movements. For two babies they don't, because it is unable to distinguish whether both babies are moving adequately. (And if you are having three babies or more, they can't do any of the CTG!)

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Thursday, December 3rd 2009, 2:22pm

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The whole fundal measurement thing doesn't work for twins, especially as the twins get bigger. My midwife has only ever measured mine "for fun"!


I was told both times it meant nothing but was just for interest! - i'm just surprised they haven't discovered a way of having some equivalent for multiples.

Jens - that link doesn't work for me ?(

Can someone remind me the stage that multiples stop growing at the speed of singletons...it is 28 weeks? I'm sure i read it somewhere thinkthink

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Thursday, December 3rd 2009, 3:00pm

Have a look at this website Duffduff: http://www.twin-pregnancy-and-beyond.com…o-36-weeks.html **Not FZ endorsed**

It says on there between weeks 32-36 they slow down. I thought it was 28 weeks too - but after my 32 week growth scan they were concerned that the growth of mine had appeared to slow - so I guess I was under the wrong impression!

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Thursday, December 3rd 2009, 3:09pm

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Originally posted by Duffymoon
i'm just surprised they haven't discovered a way of having some equivalent for multiples.


It wouldn't work duffypoo. Say a singleton is measuring a few weeks big, it might be a big baby, it might be a bumper amount of amniotic fluid etc

But for a twin measurement, you just don't know! One twin could be huge/have polyhydraminos, the other twin could be growth restricted/have oligohydraminos, but the fundal measurement wouldn't show a problem.

So it really is best not to measure uterus size in multiple pregnancy, and it is right that no-one has tried to compile "average values". Does that make sense ?

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Thursday, December 3rd 2009, 3:09pm

And yup, as far as I know its 32 weeks

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Thursday, December 3rd 2009, 3:29pm

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Originally posted by Mavis Does that make sense ?



Perfick :D (apart from the use of long and scary words :snigger: )

Thanks for the website Moonychops :smile: and info - 32 weeks....wow!!

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Friday, December 4th 2009, 6:17am

My MW told me that one of the reasons that they don't measure your tum during twin pregnancies is that the way that the babies are lying influences how small or large you may look... Eg if you have one baby behing the other etc. She felt my tum at 31 weeks and told me that I was the equivalent of a 42 week singleton!!!
It is very frustrating that we don't have our own established growth charts etc, I was told at the hospital that twins growth can tail off after 28- 32 weeks.

Cannot believe how quickly the time is flying by for you Duffy :-)

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Friday, December 4th 2009, 10:22am

I'm not sure how they would measure my bump - I have been distinctly lopsided for a while! :8o:
I am wearing stripey tops to try and create an optical illusion to cover this up, because it does look a little odd.

May all our twinnies grow and grow and grow!
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