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Another difference in a twin pregnancy

by Nikki Montgomery

Yesterday we had our 35 week appointment and the doctor told us that it's time to start weekly biophysical profiles (BPP). This is a test that measures the babies' development. When I was pregnant with Mia I was asked to do kick counts, but this time I can't do that because it's too hard to determine which baby is which with each movement. In an ultrasound they can see exactly which baby is moving, how much and what parts they're moving.

A BPP is a noninvasive ultrasound that determines babies' movement, breathing, muscle tone, heart rate, and amniotic fluid. Each of these areas is graded Normal or Abnormal. Normal is given a score of 2 and abnormal gets a 0 as long as the score 8-10 everything is considered fine. If the score is 6 or below they will determine if the babies need to be delivered early. 

This test usually takes about an hour, but as Dr. Jamison said yesterday it all depends on how cooperative the babies are. The test won't work if the babies are sleeping so it's a good idea to eat something right before. It's also a good idea to go to the bathroom right before because it could take a long time and you don't want to be stuck on that table too long with a full bladder. 

This ultrasound is similar to every other ultrasound it just focuses on other areas not as much on growth like my previous ultrasounds have been. I have to have these BPPs done every Friday from now until the babies come. I have my first one tomorrow I'll let you all know how it goes next week.

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