Becoming pregnant and having that bundle of joy is one of the greatest things that a woman can experience, but at times the mother is surprised at the time of birth or late in pregnancy that she is having twins. There are different ways that a woman can find out early in her pregnancy that she is having twins so she can be prepared. One of the ways is a mother’s intuition that tells you that you have twins although her intuition may not always be right. The best way to find out is to have confirmatory tests to tell you if you are or are not having twins plus some certain indications.
Early in your pregnancy there are some exaggerated symptoms that hint at the fact there may be more than one baby. Your morning sickness can be more than normal and you gain weight faster.
Some other ways to tell if you are having twins.
Your hCG levels–hCG stands for Human chorionic gonadotropin. The physician checks the hCG level in your urine and blood to confirm your pregnancy. If you are having twins the levels will be in the higher range, but it is only a preliminary test.
Doppler heartbeat count–this makes use of sound waves to help not only identify, but also amplifies the heartbeat of your fetus. Doing this test can confirm two heartbeats if there is more than one fetus.
Weight increases–it is common knowledge that when you are pregnant you will gain weight, but if you are carrying twins you may gain weight rapidly and more than if you were carrying one baby.
Morning sickness–sometimes, but not all the time, a woman who is pregnant with twins will experience more morning sickness.
Measuring large–when a woman is having twins the length of her uterine fundus increases more than with a single baby. They use this method to help identify the gestational age of the baby. Your stomach may also look larger with twins and by the time you reach six months you may look like you are already full term.
Fatigue–from the earlier stages of pregnancy you may feel more tired with twins.
Fetal movement–with twins a pregnant woman may feel fetal movement earlier than expected.
In addition to all these signs and test, family history also has an impact on whether you are having twins. Having an ultrasound image is another way.