Concerned About Twin Movement During Ultrasound

QUESTION

Dear Ms Ultrasound,
I am currently just over 18 weeks with twins achieved through IVF. I had an ultrasound last week and both heartbeats were good, but one baby was not moving. The doctor said not to worry probably just in a sleep cycle.

I had previous ultrasound at 14 weeks and one twin moved very little. I don't know if it was the same one or not. I go for a more advanced ultrasound in a couple weeks that was previously scheduled for 20 weeks.

Could the baby just have been sleeping or what else could possibly be causing these results. This is my first pregnancy and I have not felt any fetal movements yet. Hope you can help with my worries.

Thanks!

ANSWER

Let me tell you that just about any second you will start to feel movement, especially with twins! I would not worry too much about one baby moving more than the other. When an ultrasound is done on twins, the entire exam is not concentrated on just one baby. This means that while the sonographer is looking at one baby the other may move without notice.

Since both the heart rates are fine...DO NOT WORRY. The next ultrasound will show movement from both babies :)

Your job is to stay happy, healthy and worry free as much as possible. Connect with your babies and don't forget to enjoy!

With Regards,
-- Jane RDMS

Jane Foley

Jane Foley has worked as a Sonographer (Ultrasound Technologist) since 1979. Jane has lived and worked in many parts of the world including Saudi Arabia. She is a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer or RDMS. She pulls a wealth of information from her experience in the field of Radiology and her interactions with such a broad cross-section of cultures she has visited. She now makes her home on the island of Maui with her English husband, Michael.