Congratulations! You are experiencing one of life’s greatest blessings – pregnancy. But wait, is it just one or two? Ah, the joy that comes with hearing there may be not one, but two babies in your belly! Now you’ll need to adjust and prepare for double of everything. In this hilarious article we will walk you through all the signs on how to tell if you’re expecting twins.
What Are Your Chances?
How common are twins? Did you know that natural conception results in twin pregnancies only 1-2% of the time? The chances increase with age and certain factors such as family history and fertility treatments.
The next question most expectant mothers would ask is - Am I carrying identical or fraternal twins? While both types share a placenta (monochorionic) commonly known as identical, there are distinct differences between them which cause separate placentas (dichroic) known as fraternal - meaning separate fertilizations.
Twins come with doubled fun but also double trouble! So let's start by identifying some early symptoms that indicate you're carrying more than one little bundle of joy.
Heightened Nausea and Other Symptoms
Feeling queasy throughout the day could be an indication that extra hormones from twin embryos have entered your system. Additionally fatigue, bloating, constipation, mood swings ,and frequent urination maybe signals too telling us #babyonboard x 2!
You've heard plenty about morning sickness being part and parcel during pregnancy but now imagine having it times TWO!! As tough as it sounds those who experience vomiting & nausea at any given time during their day rather than just mornings may have twice as much coming their way !
Palpation Structure Check-Up
An abdominal ultrasound around six weeks is the easiest and most accurate way to detect whether you’re carrying twins or multiples. Through an ultra sound scan, healthcare providers can look for signs of more than one fetus.
HCG Levels Check-Up
Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormone levels double fast weekly with pregnancies that involve twins as your body cranks out extra hormones to support the additional pregnancy it’s sustaining!
If you haven't had a check-up yet?
It's understandable if you have not been able to see a health care professional in person due to various circumstances across different regions but this does not mean missing the excitement! Why not sign up for virtual ultrasound services so you too can share pictures with excited family members showing everyone your double fun...without ever leaving home
Fast forward a few weeks into your pregnancy ,your changing body will be one of the biggest hints that there may be two little peanuts growing inside you!
Growing Belly Size
Your belly size is among top noticeable physical changes as early 12-13 weeks gestation since twin fetuses require double-space accommodations requiring bigger uterus expansion.
But hold on fearlessly stylish mama-to-be, let's use some goodies from "twin-hacks" handbook ! Some recommended tips are doubling tummy moisturizer applications and investing in longer shirts/dresses ensuring maximum comfortability without having hustle of trying contorting yourself amongst clothes around week 22 onwards when things really start stretching!!
Remember: Your growth curve should be considered alongside consultation with experts who monitor twin/s larger foetals proportions or complications such as pretern labour risks, excessive weight gain or AMNIOCENTESIS decision process. So don't skip visits!
And hey while we're talking about options - did anyone mention signing up two widely varied Baby registries so ppl can buy more celebratory gifts & kit them both out in cute twinning outfits?!
Twins babies need more nourishment and therefore, expectant mothers carrying two will experience a heightened appetite.
- "Eat all you can"
That's right! You have a license to indulge – guilt-free so make sure those cravings are fulfilled because your body needs fuel as it works tirelessly around the clock supporting not one but TWO little miracles!
- __Say Hello to morning pancakes___
Some simple suggestions straight from The Twin Chef (you never heard of them?) could be doubling up breakfast indulgence with extra fruits or spreading cream cheese over toast topped with eggs & smoked salmon whose Omega 3 benefits also provide brain nutrition for both bubbas!
Fetal Movements: Twice the Kicks
At around 18-20 weeks gestation when fetal movements become increasingly regularized ,expectant moms are able to identify their baby/ies using monitoring devices e.g. doppler or ultrasounds.
When can movement identification tell if its twins?
The best advice is : Learn what patterns are normal and consider visiting specialists who would recommend personalized scans includindg an evaluation by NT test , NIFTY screening & Cell-Free DNA testing which further eliminate ambiguity !
In addition, be prepared for double excitement when there’s more than one little life moving inside you! Expect twice as many butterfly sensations fluttering about in near synchronous harmony.
What an exciting journey pregnancy truthfully is ! The possibility that we’re nurturing multiple lives elevates this already emotional journey into another level entirely . While determining if you're going on this ride solo or doubled-up might seem like fun game night activity with family maybe just have faith in medical determination afterall memeories last forever...for those bundles of joy included!!