Twins Fighting In Womb, The mystery of what goes on between twins when they are in the womb is gradually being uncovered. Some very telling images, which appear to be signs of early sibling rivalry, were taken from a “study aimed at using MRI machines to diagnose a potentially deadly condition called twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome,” according to CBS News.
The condition develops as a result of blood moving from one twin to another. If one twin’s blood supply is significantly decreased, it can cause “him or her to be born smaller than their sibling with paleness, anemia, and dehydration,” while the twin receiving the additional blood could be born larger than their twin and have increased blood pressure, putting them at risk for heart failure. Fortunately, this condition is rare and only occurs in identical twins.
In discussing a recently developed cine-MRI scan, Dr. Marisa Taylor-Clark of the Robert Steiner MR Unit at Imperial College London told Reuters, “We haven’t really been able to see before in such real time complete pictures of how twins interact, and what this cine lets us do is see their positions in relation to each other and how much space they have, how much space they occupy, and how they might move around and push each other out of the way.”
A recent video was made at London’s Center for Fetal Care which actually shows what looks to be twins fighting for space in their mothers womb.