Dear Ms. Ultrasound,
I had the Mirena IUD but got pregnant anyway. It had not slipped or anything. I have a 5 yo, 3 yo, and fraternal twins 18 mos.
I am wondering about my ultrasound. My twins were not diagnosed until 12 weeks (having had a vaginal u/s at 8 weeks with no signs of another sac). My doctor said my hcg levels were high at first, but had started to level off with this pregnancy, so we had a vaginal u/s and showed only one sac (he said he estimated that I'm only 4-5 weeks)
I go back in 3 weeks for a regular ultrasound with the technician to determine due date since I didn't have periods very often with the Mirena.
My question is if I have "gut" feeling there could be another set of twins, how accurate is a vaginal u/s in determining multiples?
First let me say OMG! Your spirit babies like to manifest themselves!! Spirit babies are the spirits of babies that we as women walk with through our lives. Sometimes they come to us in dreams, sometimes as a birth child, sometimes as a niece, neighborhood child or stranger. Yours like to show up as birth children. Wow! Very strong spirits who have work to do on this planet.
Now lets get to the ultrasound. 4-5 weeks may be too early to determine twins. At 8 weeks twins should NEVER be missed. They are very obvious in the eyes of a licensed Sonographer. I hate to hear when they are missed.
Anyway...as far as this pregnancy is concerned the next ultrasound should tell you how many babies you are having. It would be nice if you had a licensed Sonographer do your exam.
Intuition does play an important role for mothers and mothers to be. It helps them acquire information that will help them and their children in ways otherwise not possible. A study done by Johns Hopkins a few years back showed a 71% accuracy rate with a mothers intuition about the gender of a future child and a 100% accuracy rate of dreams about gender.
Although they did not study any other aspects of intuition, I would think that the percentage may be similar with other topics.
In your case you may be a little overly sensitive to the fact that another set of twins may grace your presence (although the odds are not in a second set of twins favor)
Let me know when you do find out if you get a moment.
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.