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For me there definitely was an instinctual component, but I also had taken clomid so I knew that there was an increased possibility of twins (5-10% depending on different studies). Actually, the night before the first insemination (IUI), I got an overwhelming feeling that I was going to get pregnant, and that I would have twins. The next day, I did one insemination and then later on felt a fairly intense pain in both ovaries. I thought, "hey--I'm ovulating! But, from both sides?" I did a second insemination the next day. Two days later I started to feel nauseous. There was no doubt in my mind that I was pregnant, even though everyone said it was too soon to feel anything. I did an HPT 9 days post insemination and it was positive right away. I called the doctor and said, "I know this might sound crazy, but I just FEEL like I'm having twins." They told me to come in for a beta HCG blood test. 14 days post ovulation my HCG levels were 405 (average for single pregnancies is 68). But a high HCG level in and of itself does not diagnose twins. Even though I hadn't been planning on having any ultrasounds, I was too curious (and I needed to know how many babies I was having since the midwife I hoped to use wouldn't deliver twins). I had an ultrasound at six weeks. First, only one sac showed up on the screen. I said, "there's only one?" The ultrasound technician looked at me like I was crazy, and my partner said, "she thinks she's having twins." The technician moved the wand and said, "she is." Suddenly there were two sacs on the screen. My partner said, "check to make sure there aren't three!" There weren't. So, technically, I found out at six weeks, but I was pretty positive as soon as I had the HCG test. Right after I found out, I became VERY sick with "morning" sickness. I'm glad I knew that it was so severe for a good reason--two babies!
I've heard that every pregnant woman goes through a phase of thinking she must be having twins and, never having been pregnant before, I don't know if I would've felt that way regardless of the truth. But I definitely did feel it from the start. I think that if I hadn't already known, I probably would have figured it out around 19 weeks, when they both started kicking a lot.
I know what it's like to sit around waiting for an ultrasound! Let us know when you find out!
Mindfully mothering SIX kids (ages 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 & 11) in a small house with a lot of love.