Multiple pregnancy: 10 signs of having twins
Happiness, then what! You learned that you are pregnant!
If heredity or IVF have sown in you hope for twins, then you want to know about such happiness as soon as possible.
Surely only a doctor will tell about this after an ultrasound examination, and then not the first, but already in the second trimester of pregnancy.
Therefore, while you can only guess about double happiness or rely on a few signs that will help confirm the fact of pregnancy by two children.
Doubly increased fatigue
Any pregnant woman feels tired literally from the first day, but many women who are pregnant with twins get tired even more than women who wear one baby. Normal for the first trimester lethargy, fatigue, drowsiness are doubled in the truest sense of the word, because the mother's body works with more force to endure two youngsters.
Mom, who is not waiting for the first child, it's easier to determine that shegets tired more, but the firstborn (as doctors like to call us) is not very clear about her condition.
If you notice that a pregnant girlfriend, although tired, she still flutters like a butterfly, but for youwalk to work- a real feat, then the probability of twins is very high. Although it is necessary to take into account concomitant factors, due to which lethargy can appear: stress, workload or poor nutrition.
Excessive morning sickness
Multiple pregnancy increases not only fatigue or drowsiness, but also morning sickness. But it will not necessarily be nausea or vomiting with a vengeance, it may appear just a breakdown, which will take place closer to mid-day.
remember, thatevery organism is individual. In some future mummies, toxicosis increased, in others, it did not exist at all and they felt fine. Therefore, well-being is not an indicator that you will have only one baby.
Yulia's mom from our forum tells her story:“When I wore my two boys, I felt great.No toxicosis was not throughout the pregnancy. True, she was tired, she wanted to sleep all the time, but it passed later when she gave birth and the boys grew up :) But seriously, my pregnancy with two children was almost the same as that of a sister who gave birth to one girl. True, my stomach grew very large, so I did not do without a bandage. "
Heredity + intuition
If twins were already born in the family history, the probability of becoming a mother of two children increases. Plus - your intuition. The notorious female intuition, especially a future mother, is unlikely to fail. If suspicions appear, share them with your doctor.
Frequent or early movements of the child
The woman feels the first movements of the baby on average between the 18th and 19th weeks of pregnancy (while waiting for her second child - at the 16th week). If you feel the early movements, then this may mean that there are two babies in the womb.
Elena Bezuglova, gynecologist:“In the early stages, a woman who wears two or more children will have a clear mismatch between the size of the uterus and the timing of the delay in menstruation. In later periods, the doctor will determine several large parts.fetus and 2 or more heartbeats. Mother can feel the multiple pregnancy by a large amount of perturbations. By the way, the movements of a child with multiple pregnancies are no different from those that occur during pregnancy with one baby ”.
It is the level of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) that prompted you in the pregnancy test about a new situation. And since then, after 10 days from the moment of conception, doctors control the level of the hormone in the body. Sometimes pregnancy with twins can lead to an extreme increase in hCG levels.
As a rule, in expectation of twins, the expectant mother is gaining 4-5 pounds more than her friend, pregnant with one child. But remember that an increase in body weight may be associated primarily withpower mode. The weight gain also depends on the constitution of the woman’s body, its height and the “pregenerate” weight. Therefore, it is better not to overeat, and generally eat right, because the health of the unborn child depends on it.
High gestational age results
During a visit to your doctor, you must measure the distance from the upper part of the uterus to the upper part of the pubis to find out the gestational age of the baby.The result above the norm may appear due to the pregnancy of twins, because two kids expand the uterus more than one (it's all logical, is not it?). But, again: there may be other factors that influence the results.
Abnormal results in AFP tests
In the second trimester, you will receive a blood test for the level of alpha-fetoproteins (AFP). It is done in order to determine the risk of birth defects in the baby. If you are waiting for twins, it is possibleunusually tallor a positive result. In the latter case, the doctor will make an ultrasound scan to make sure.
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To enhance the baby's heartbeat sounds, the Doppler system is used. If the doctor discovers two palpitations, then you can congratulate - wait soon for the appearance of two children! True, sometimes the second heartbeat may be just the background of the mother's heartbeat. Finally, you can only be sure that the ultrasound.
The only way to confirm multiple pregnancies. Already the picture will show exactly one in the womb baby or two.True, the first ultrasound, most likely, will not give accurate results, but at 20-22 weeks of pregnancy, the doctor will consider everything in detail. In rare cases, an ultrasound can “not notice the child,” and this can only happen in the case of pregnancy with five or six twins.
Elena Bezuglova, gynecologist:"Ultrasound can show a multiple pregnancy at 6-8 weeks. This, of course, provided that the mother is observed by a doctor. Many women do not even realize that they are twins until the 12th or even the 16th week of pregnancy, when they come to register with the clinic. Therefore, if a woman has a predisposition to the birth of twins, it is better to consult a doctor after the 9th week. ”
Even if your suspicions of twins are not justified, do not be discouraged: after all, this will be your favorite baby, and you can always have time to give birth to a brother or sister.