Twin pregnancy symptoms – all expectant mothers at some point probably wonder ” could it be twins ?”.
Here are some of the most common signs of a twin or multiple pregnancy. See how many you have!
Extreme Fatigue This is probably the most common symptom during pregnancy with twins. It’s more than just sleepiness – it’s pure exhaustion especially in the first trimester when your hormones are all over the place and your body is working hard.
History of Twins A history of twins in the family on the mothers side along with a few extra physical symptoms might indicate twins.
Mother’s Intuition Don’t count this out – a lot of twin mommies will say that they had a ‘feeling’ or they just knew !
Elevated HcG Levels This is the pregnancy hormone that home pregnancy tests will detect ( human chorionic gonadotropin). It is detectable in a woman’s urine about 10 days after conceiving and increases quickly, reaching it’s highest point about 10 weeks into the pregnancy. Doctors will consider an elevated level of HcG to be a possible twin pregnancy symptom.
Excessive Morning Sickness Not fun but again, extremely common as a twin pregnancy symptom, probably related to the increase in hormones. Not all women experience this yucky pregnancy symptom though – so don’t worry if you’re of the lucky ones who don’t !
Two Heartbeats Heard on Dopplers Doppler systems amplifies the sounds of fetal heart beats and can be heard in the first trimester. They use sound waves . Your doctor or midwife can detect more than one heartbeat using this method, but it’s not foolproof . If you hear two, you’ll definitely want further testing!
Abnormal AFP Tests This is a blood test screening called Alphafetoprotein that is tested on pregnant women in the second trimester of pregnancy. It is also known as maternal serum screening or a triple marker screen. An abnormal result can mean a lot of different things – it can be indicative of a twin pregnancy or certain birth defects.
Measuring Big for Dates! Throughout your pregnancy, your doctor or midwife will measure the fundus , your belly, from the top of the pubic bone to the top of the uterus. This helps to indicate the age or gestation of the baby. Measuring large for dates can be a pregnancy sign that there may be more than one!
Extra Weight Gain You may measure large, you may also be packing on a few extra pounds. This could mean you are taking in too many calories or retaining a lot of water – OR, it could be that you are pregnant with twins!
Early Fetal Movements Because of the lack of space in there, many moms of twin report feeling the little twinges and sensations of movement much earlier and more frequently than with a single baby.
#1 Twin Pregnancy Symptom ? ULTRASOUND – because seeing is believing and this is one way to undeniably know for certain that you are carrying more than one baby.
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