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20 weeks pregnant with twins is a huge milestone. For one, you’re officially half way through your twin pregnancy journey. Well done!
But it’s not only that. You’ve either had or are going to have your mid pregnancy scan in the next week or so, and that could also mean that you’ve recently found out the sexes of your babies!
That’s huge! Now you know what you’re having, you can start to decide on names, get the nursery finalised, and start telling your friends and family.
We also seem to find that having the sex of your children confirmed makes the situation you’re in absolutely real, so if you feel a little bit overwhelmed this week, try and relax. It’s completely normal.
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A single fetus at 20 weeks
At this mark, your babies are around 10 ounces in weight, and they’re easily over 6 inches long. Picture holding a small banana cupped in your hand. That’s how big your babies are right now!
They’re also starting to develop their primary sexual characteristics. Boys will have a tiny little penis, and their testicles will have started descending, to find their eventual home between the legs. But first, he’ll have to finish growing a scrotum, because right now, they won’t have anywhere to go.
If you’re having girls instead, they’ll already have millions of eggs in their ovaries. Seven million, to be exact. By the time she’s born, she’ll only have two million, but that’s still far more than you could use in even a hundred lifetimes.
She’s also going to have a fully formed uterus by now, so you’ve got a uterus inside a uterus, which is some twinception going on. As well, her vaginal canal will have started its development this week.
You should still be feeling pretty good right now. The symptoms you’ve got are relatively minor, you’ve probably got a lot of energy, and you should have recently found out how well your twins are doing. This tends to translate into you feeling great, so make sure you take advantage!
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You should be having your mid pregnancy scan soon, if you haven’t already.
If you don’t already know, a mid pregnancy scan is a also called an anomaly scan, and the real purpose of it is to check the growth progress of your babies, and make sure that they’re developing properly in the womb.
Expect the scan to take around half an hour. You’re going to be able to see a lot more on this scan. Not because it’s using any more technology, but because your babies are bigger, and there’s a lot more that an ultrasound will pick up.
First off, you’re almost certain to hear heartbeats, and your sonographer should focus on your babies face and hands to make sure everything is fine, before moving on to looking at their internal organs.
If this is your first scan like this, and you’re trying to make sense of it, then you should be looking for whites and greys. Skin and organs will be varying shades of grey, and bones will be white. Everything else will appear black.
Make sure you talk to your sonographer and medical staff before the scan, to let them know where you stand on learning the sex of your babies. Some hospitals won’t tell you without asking, as a matter of course, but it’s good to check.
We’re halfway, and once your mid pregnancy scan is complete, that’s an official marker that everything is going well.
It’s natural to start feeling a little anxious. After all, you’re going through some huge changes. If you need a little support, or just have a question you want answered, feel free to drop a line in our comments. How do you feel at 20 weeks pregnant with twins?
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