Giving birth to a baby means happiness. But giving birth to twins is a euphoric moment. But before anyone else could touch and feel the gentleness of the twins, they themselves start touching each other at about 14 weeks of the mother’s pregnancy!It is a cliché that humans are social animals, they have an inbuilt urge to mix up with the society and in twins, this begins even before they step into the world.To bring this fact to reality, a study was published in the Public Library of Science One; it used four-dimensional ultrasonography to make 3D videos of twins at 14 and 18 weeks of gestation. The five pairs of twins were found to be reaching for each other even at 14 weeks, and making a range of head to head, arm to head and head to arm movements. By the time they were at 18 weeks, they touched each other more often than they touched their own bodies, spending up to 30 percent of their time reaching out and stroking their co-twin.
The technology of ultrasound proved to be a helping hand for the researchers as it made them able to change the depth of visual field, frame rate and the sweep angle.
On examining the recordings, it was found that the fetuses made distinct gestures when they touched each other, and movements lasted longer, their hands also lingered. They even took as much care when touching their twin’s delicate eye region as they did with their own.
This study makes it apparent that the twins start deliberately touching each other in the womb. As they are buried too deep inside the womb, so a mother can’t feel their movements. However, after a few more weeks, the twins start kicking.
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Approximately 90,000 sets of twins are born in the United States every year. Women who delay having children until after the age of 30 are slightly more likely to have twins.
The perinatal mortality rate for twins is significantly higher than that for single babies. During this period that encompasses the time shortly before and after birth, twins are five times more likely to die than individual babies.
The chances of giving birth to twins is roughly 1 in 90.