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Honestly, I knew I would have twins before I even got pregnant! I took clomid. When I read the list of possible side-effects, the line: "a 5-10% chance of twins" jumped out at me and I just KNEW. I also feel a little twinge in my ovary every time I ovulate, and the cycle I got pg, I felt it in both sides at once. I thought to myself, "oh wow. . . I really AM going to have twins!" I didn't say anything about it to Dp, but that night I asked her to tell me a story about our baby (we were lying in bed and I couldn't fall asleep because I was nervous about the insemination we would be doing in the morning). She said, "oh, you mean our babIES? Because we're having twins you know." In the story they were boy/girl twins and we named them Ava and Kai.
Then, 3 days post-insemination, I started to feel carsick while sitting at my desk at work. It would go away when I ate. Everyone told me I was imagining it. I knew that I was pregnant. I got a positive pg test at 9 dpo, so I knew I had extra hormones in there. By the time I got the positive, the carsickness had intesified, but was still manageable, and always went away around 5:00 p.m. I called the OB who had gotten me pregnant, and told her that I was sure I was having twins. She told me that women always think they're having twins, but that I should come in and have a blood test pg test to check hcg levels. I went in, and on day 14 (post-insemination), my levels were 405. Average levels for day 14 are 68, so at that point I was pretty positive it was twins. The doctor said there was probably about a 90% chance that it was twins. I just hoped it wasn't triplets!
By the time I had the u/s (the only way to really diagnose twins) at 6 weeks, I would have been absolutely shocked if there hadn't been two babies in there. In fact, when the technician first turned on the u/s and there was only one sack on the screen, I said, "where's the other one?" The technician said, "what?" Dp said, "she thinks she's having twins." The technician moved the wand and said, "she is."
I was very sick from six weeks until 13 weeks, and had to quit my job. The sickness was somewhat managed with acupuncture, but I was still puking a couple times a day until 16 weeks. I am hoping that if I have a singleton pregnancy I won't have any morning sickness at all! The only other twin "symptom" I had was that I always measured at least a few weeks ahead.
If I hadn't already known I was having twins, I think I would have seriously started wondering around 5 months. I looked more like seven or eight months pregnant, and I was feeling kicks everywhere at the same time. I remember thinking that I could not understand how twins were ever born as a surprise. It seemed so obvious to me.
I hope this helps! I do think that a lot of women wonder if they are carrying twins, but I would trust your intuition and at least have someone check for two heartbeats.
Mindfully mothering SIX kids (ages 6, 7, 8, 10, 12 & 12) in a small house with a lot of love.