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post #21 of 26
I don't think there's any need to know in the first trimester, but I don't know how you could stand NOT knowing! With my first pregnancy, I decided to do the 6-week u/s (after clomid) because I really thought it was twins and I wanted to know if I could be using a homebirth midwife or not. Once you see a heartbeat, the chance of the baby disappearing is very small (3%, I believe), so that was not a concern I had. With my second pregnancy, I again suspected twins (from hcg and although I hadn't taken clomid, I'd had two follicles at the time of insemination), and I wanted to know early because I was totally freaking out. I couldn't think about anything else. I was so relieved to see just one baby in there, and really enjoyed the pregnancy a lot more than I would have if I'd continued wondering.

Your hcg levels definitely sound like twin numbers to me. With my twins, my hcg was 405 at 14 dpo, and my doctor told me I had a 90% chance of twins with that number. With my singleton, it was 237 at 13 dpo, and 1027 at 16 dpo, still in the twins range, but definitely lower. Of course, hcg numbers can be meaningless (you don't know exactly when the baby (or babies) implanted), but I think they give a fairly good indication--at least when they're high.

If you decide to wait on the u/s, I would see how you're measuring at the end of the first trimester, and if your uterus feels big, I would get an u/s then (you may also be able to find two hearbeats with doppler at that point, but I believe that doppler is actually worse than u/s in regards to the amount it outputs). It would be helpful to know by the beginning of the second trimester, for diet reasons and so you'd know who your care provider would be.

HTH! And congrats on your pregnancy!!!

Lex
post #22 of 26
I think it just depends on you. I have heard of a vanishing twin, or one getting reabsorbed, but regardless, I had an internal u/s at 7w with my singleton because I just had to know.
post #23 of 26
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Well, after getting myself all worked up about thinking over this decision. I had bleeding yesterday morning and had an u/s to check on what was going on. They only saw one baby, who is measureing 4 days bigger than I thought he should be (I did temp and all that lol)- so I guess that's why the high numbers. The bleeding was from a small tear and so I'll have to have more u/s to monitor, but they said it should heal.

I was really suprised there was only one, but that's OK. One healthy full term baby is all I can ask of the universe.
post #24 of 26
I'm glad you know now, and I hope you have a very smooth, healthy pg!
post #25 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thanks!
post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by DanAbimytwomiracle View Post
I'm glad you know now, and I hope you have a very smooth, healthy pg!
ditto
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