Ask an expert

12 May 2004

Twins - Just a bit of good news to share and a question
I am 15 1/2 weeks preggie with twins and have just come from the gynea. He is suspecting I will be having a boy and a girl and will confirm next time I go, but the nurse said in the sixteen years she has been with him he has only been wrong twice! So I am very excited - I can finally start to shop!!!
A question - he said for twins doing the 15 week tripple or blood test ( Not too sure what they are called - to test for abnormalities) will not give me any meaningful results, therefore there is no use in having these tests done. He did confirm all looks well and babies are growing well. I was just a little disappointed as I am a worry wart and would have liked to know everything was normal?
Answer 381 views

01 Jan 0001

The tests which Denalee talks about cannot be done after 14 weeks. The triple test is a screen for Down syndrome. If you are older than 35 yrs, you may want to consider an amniocentesis to exclude this. If not, your doctor is correct that it is difficult to interpret the triple test becuase there are two lots of hormones. You could still have a detailed scan at 22 weeks which will check the structure of the babies, but will not exclude Down syndrome.

Best wishes
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.