Your period hasn’t arrived, and you’re starting to feel crampy. You’re having frequent urination, breast pain, and a nagging feeling that something isn’t quite right. Is that true? You use a home pregnancy test, and BOOM! you’re pregnant! You have a child! YAY!! Congratulations!! But something is different about this pregnancy. You don’t know why, but you have a hunch you’re carrying twins. You have no confirmation that you’re pregnant with twins at this stage, but are there any indicators of twin pregnancy that you should be aware of?
What are the signs of twin pregnancy?
There are numerous indicators of twin pregnancy, some of which are similar to those seen in a single pregnancy and others that are distinct. But how can you tell if you’re expecting twins for sure? Here are seven telltale indicators that you’re expecting twins.
1. You have traits that make having twins more likely.
Does your aunt warn you that “twins run in the family” and that you should “be careful” at every family gathering? This is an indication that the women in your family are prone to hyperovulation, or the release of more than one egg during ovulation. Your chances of getting fraternal twins are higher than the typical person if you already have fraternal twins in your family.
However, having fraternal twins in the family is different from having identical twins. Identical twins happen at random and have nothing to do with your family’s genetic background. You have the same probability of having identical twins as every other woman on the planet: 1 in 250.
You may be more likely to become pregnant with twins if you are in your mid-to-late 30s or older. You’re more likely to release numerous eggs in a single ovulation cycle as your fertility falls as you get older. The chances of conceiving twins increase as a result.
Don’t be alarmed just yet! Although having these features increases your chances of having twins, it does not guarantee that you will have fraternal twins. It simply means that the chances are greater than for the majority of people.
2. Your hCG or AFP levels are too high.
Elevated hCG levels are one of the first indicators that you’re pregnant with twins. After fertilization, your body releases the pregnancy hormone hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). Another protein produced by your body during pregnancy is AFP, which aids in the healthy development of the placenta. The protein can be discovered in your urine as early as six days after fertilization and causes a pregnancy test to come back positive. Higher hCG levels enhance the likelihood of a multiple pregnancy. Women who are pregnant with twins will have increased AFP levels, which can only be detected with an AFP test.
3. Morning nausea has returned
If you’ve had severe nausea (also known as morning sickness) for more than 14 weeks, it could be an indication that you’re expecting multiple babies. Morning sickness is a symptom of high hCG levels, and your hCG levels are likely to rise in the weeks coming up to the 14-week milestone. Morning sickness that lasts longer than the 14th week of pregnancy, on the other hand, could indicate the presence of twins or another pregnancy issue. Unless the pregnant woman is suffering from severe morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum, single pregnancies do not normally experience the pregnancy symptom of prolonged morning sickness in the second trimester.
4. Fetal movement occurs regularly and early in your pregnancy.
You may also notice baby movement early and frequently, which is a sign that you are pregnant with twins. Don’t panic if you don’t feel the infants move because fetal movement varies from pregnancy to pregnancy. The first movement in a singleton pregnancy can occur as early as 17-19 weeks and as late as 24 weeks. The first movement of twins is most likely between 12 and 24 weeks of pregnancy.
Your belly may be developing considerably faster than your due date, which could indicate you have two buns in the oven. Ask your doctor or midwife if it’s safe to measure your tummy if you haven’t already. Even though an ultrasound won’t be used until later in the pregnancy to confirm that there are two kids in there, your provider may be able to approximate how big the twins are by measuring your tummy.
5. Severe exhaustion
Are you having trouble staying awake? Excessive fatigue in the first trimester could indicate that you’re expecting twins. Some women report feeling weary and lethargic throughout their pregnancy, although severe exhaustion is more frequent early on in multiple pregnancies. This is because your body requires more rest as a result of the additional energy used to produce two infants. You can deal with this exhaustion by taking short naps during the day and going to bed early every night.
6. Showing early
It’s probable that you’re expecting twins if you’ve started showing early. Some women never exhibit during their first trimester or simply show a small amount. Because it’s too painful to wear their jeans and slacks, many expectant twin moms start changing to maternity attire around 10 weeks. During the first trimester with twins, it’s not unusual to require a larger bra and to size up in your pre-pregnancy clothing.
With twin pregnancies, however, not every woman gains weight quickly. You may have a hard time keeping meals down if you have bad heartburn or intense nausea, which could lead to weight loss. If this is the case, speak with your doctor about getting some pregnancy-safe medication to alleviate the discomfort.
7. You’ve had a nagging feeling something isn’t quite right
There are occasions when you don’t have any indicators of twin pregnancy but have a sneaky feeling. Even though there are no early indicators of twin pregnancy, it’s fairly typical to believe that you’re pregnant with twins because of your intuition. If your home pregnancy test came back positive, call your doctor right away to schedule a blood test and ultrasound to confirm (or disprove) your suspicions.