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Is there any way you can get your hands on another doppler? I think hearing both heartbeats at the same time would be the best way to diagnose twins without an ultrasound. The heartbeat does sound different when you hear it echoing through the amniotic fluid. It is possible to hear one heartbeat on both sides of your belly. Have you tried palpating your belly to see what you can feel? My best friend had surprise twins this summer, and even though none of her midwives ever picked up on it (she was seeing a cpm and an rnm for backup), she often would palpate her belly and say stuff like, "okay, so here's the baby. . . and then, what's this BUMP over here?" BUMP ended up being baby #2! Do you feel movement in two very different places at the same time? I think, for the most part, twins actually move LESS in late pregnancy than singletons do (less space), but I would still feel little movements in way too many places for it to be one baby.
Since you say you first felt movement at 9 weeks, I would also wonder if maybe your dates could be off? That would explain such early movement as well as why you feel bigger now than you did in the past. Just a thought.
Mindfully mothering SIX kids (ages 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 & 11) in a small house with a lot of love.