10 Weeks Pregnant With Twins: Symptoms, Belly & Ultrasound

Read about pregnancy symptoms from week 9+0 to 9+6. Look at belly and ultrasound pictures of being 10 weeks pregnant with twins.

By Kate Phillipa Clark

Your babies brains and nervous systems are developing rapidly. The sensitivity for negative side effects of alcohol, tobacco and certain types of medication is great when you’re 10 weeks pregnant with twins.

Baby size & development

Your babies measure about 3,5 cm (1.38 inch) from head to rump. Your babies heads are almost as large as the rest of their bodies. Their brains are developing rapidly. Their nervous systems are in full development. The nerve cells in their brains are forming thousands of new nerve cells which are beginning to make contact with each other. It’s the contact between the brain cells that are crucial to how well we use our brain – how much we understand. The frontal lobes are visible. All organs are now in place but are still immature. The children are urinating in small amounts. It goes into the amniotic fluid that surrounds them in the womb.

Fraternal twin ultrasound pictures

These ultrasound pictures are of twins with separate placentas. This type of twin pregnancy is called dichorionic diamniotic (di-di). All fraternal twins have separate placentas. About 1/3 of identical twins have separate placentas as well. All twins in these ultrasound pictures are fraternal.

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Fraternal twins 9+0             Fraternal twins 9+5

Identical twin ultrasound pictures

These ultrasound pictures are of monochorionic twins. Monochorionic twins share a placenta. They can only be identical. There are two types of monochorionic twins. Monochorionic-diamniotic (mo-di) twins share a placenta and an outer sac. They have their own separate inner sac.
Monoamniotic-monochorionic (mo-mo) twins share both the outer and inner sac. They are very rare. Only about 1 percent of identical twins are mo-mo twins.

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9+5 weeks monochorionic-diamniotic                 9+6 weeks monochorionic-diamniotic

Pregnancy symptoms & belly pictures

Most women will have a pregnancy belly bump to show off at 10 weeks pregnant with twins, but the size can vary greatly. Many women feel changes in their bodies at this point in their pregnancy. However, you can be 10 weeks pregnant with twins and experience no symptoms. Many women are:

  • Feeling more tired than usual
  • Struggling with digestive issues – it feels like your stomach isn’t working right. The muscles in your stomach and intestines are working more slowly. This is partly due to hormones and partly due to the growing uterus putting pressure on the bowels

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Pregnancy diet & exercise

If you’re having digestive issues, be sure that you  drink plenty of water – 2-3 liters a day. Make sure that the bread you eat is made out of whole grain. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. If that doesn’t help, prunes and raisins may trigger your stomach. Also, exercise at least half an hour a day – it boosts the digestive process.

Prenatal vitamins

You also need to take a folic acid supplement. In some countries, it’s standard to take iron supplements as well at 10 weeks pregnant. In other countries the health care providers rely more on the several blood tests taken during pregnancy. If they show a mild iron deficiency, you’ll be asked to take supplements or alternatively up your intake of foods high in iron. Read more about how to increase your iron levels. During pregnancy, your body produces more blood to support the growth of your babies. If you’re not getting enough iron, your body might not be able to produce the amount of red blood cells it needs to make this additional blood. It’s normal to have mild anemia, when you are pregnant. A typical sign of anemia is that you feel tired and worn out.

 

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About the Author

Kate Phillipa Clark

Kate Phillipa Clark has a bachelor in Journalism and an Executive Master in Corporate Communication. She is an identical twin and so is her father.

 

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