It got me wondering what other peoples' stories were - did you know right away? at an early ultrasound? more than halfway through, like me? while you were pushing?
And, if you found out late, what contributed to that?
For me, it was a third pregnancy, the first two had been totally routine, and my doc (not an OB, just my family prac. guy) didn't see any reason to suspect anything weird. My quad screen even came back completely normal. So he just ordered the normal 20 week ultrasound - no early ones or anything.
the only weird thing was that I measured a bit ahead, and once, when listening for a heartbeat, he said something about "an echo". Hah.
Oh, and I was exhausted. But I figured it was just because I was running after two toddlers!
At the twenty week ultrasound however . . . well, let's just say I've never been so surpised in my life!
So, what about you? when and how did you find out?
With my second set we also found out at 20 weeks at a routine ultrasound (which I would not have had unless I felt it necessary to rule out twins). I was seeing a midwife with them and I wonder if an OB would have wanted to send me in sooner. My midwife was really not stressed about it. But I *knew* WAY before 20 weeks that it was two.
Went in for an U/S at 12 weeks and there they were just as I suspected.
BUT if I had not noticed those things, other than a little more morning sickness and fatigue, I wouldn't have suspected twins. They never moved much at the same time so that wouldn't have been an indicator for me.
Missionary, birth-worker, midwifery student
Mama to DD (9yr), DS (3yr), & UC twin DDs (5yr)
She dropped me as high-risk a day later.
I think I kinda knew before then, though. I was so big for so early, and we'd been joking for weeks about me having sextuplets.
With this set I requested an u/s at 9 weeks because I suspected twins again.
At 14 weeks I was having quite a bit of bleeding and painful cramping, so went to the on-call office expecting either m/c or placenta previa. The OB there did an u/s and said, "no, the placenta's nice and high and they've both got good heartbeats." I remember distinctly wracking my brain, trying to remember whether or not the placenta had a heartbeat or not. So, I said, "Both of WHAT?" She said, "Didn't you know you were having twins?" Um....NO!
It's funny because it was the ONE pregnancy I thought couldn't possibly be twins. We'd suspected it in my third because I was measuring large and got one baby. We suspected it in my fourth because I was measuring large and got one baby. This time, I was measuring RIGHT ON if not just a little bit big. Until 20 weeks. I gained 10 cm in 4 weeks, along with SIX pounds (unheard of for me) bringing my total to 12 pounds at that point. Uh, the last 3 pregnancies I only gained 15 the whole time. So I knew walking into the U/S that we were going to see two but it still felt completely surreal. Honestly, it still does!
I did actually have a feeling though. I kept asking people to reassure me that it was only ONE baby. I kept having dreams. Morning sickness started way too early. But oddly enough, it was the pregnancy I showed the latest with. I was in maternity pants with 2, 3, and 4 by 6 weeks. This time I was 9-10 weeks before I popped and looked pretty small at 20 weeks. But it was like some sort of magic juju because between 20 and 22 weeks my belly grew some craziness:
I guess that scared my body into action, because a few weeks later, I was pregnant. Even though the RE had nothing to do with getting me pregnant, she had me come in for a sono. At the first sono (5w 4d) she saw a gestational sac but not the yolk sac and no heartbeat yet. Said it all looks fine for dates, but come back in 2 weeks. At the second sono (7w 4d) she asks me "Do you have any uterine abnormalities." I reminded her that she should know, because she had sent me for an MRI to be sure, a few months ago. She took the wand out, looked at my chart, came back, and said "there's another sac here." I started to freak out inside and my husband took my hand. She finished looking at the first sac, and we saw the heartbeat and went nuts. Then she said well, this could be an empty sac, that does happen, let's take a look....and there it was. A second tiny little heartbeat.
Boy was that the beginning of an adventure!
So for the next week I was really depressed thinking that I had miscarried. Going in to the u/s I completely had psyched myself up for nothing on the screen, but to our shock we saw two heartbeats!!!: Of course I worried from that point on about vanishing twin syndrome but after a very rough pregnancy (bleeding and 8 months of bedrest) we have two healthy boys!!!
Then I had three dreams three nights in a row about twins.
At 12-14 weeks I felt the first flutters - pretty strong, and early from what I had read to expect.
I grew out of my pre-preg clothes in about a month after I learned I was pregnant, and just kept growing, and growing, and growing!
I went to an ob and when she was checking heartbeats with the doppler asked her if there were two sets in there. To humor me, she moved the wand around but said she only heard one. I got a couple of prenatal massages by a midwives assistant, she suspected I was having twins. She laid her hands on me and could feel the energy of two beings in the womb. I went to have my first u/s 4 (?) months, the tech was looking puzzled, I couldn't really see the screen, my DH's is looking confused. U/s tech asks if twins run in my family. I turn to DH, "I told you so".
When I was 16 weeks along I started to have really bad pains so I went in and the doctor gave me an exam and said I felt farther along than should be so he ordered an ultrasound. I had it at 16 1/2 weeks and my step mother and sister came with me and in the waiting room I kept saying "it's twins" and they laughed. Well we got in there and she no sooner out the machine on my tummy and she said "well, here's the reason why yu are larger than you should be....there's two babies in there" My sister and step mothers jaws were on the floor and I said " I told you!"
My twins are 13 years old now...it seems like yesterday though.
We were having the ultrasound because I hadn't sought medical care (still deciding which midwives I might want to work with) until I got horribly dehydrated with chronic vomiting and ended up in the ER for fluids....on a follow-up with my family practitioner, who hadn't known I was pregnant, I was asked if I wanted to have the early screen/ultrascreen first trimester genetic testing. I was undecided about it. But I didn't know my dates well enough to know if we were past the deadline to have it, even, so she sent us in for a quick ultrasound to measure and get an idea of dates. That was the 14 week scan that revealed twins.
The tech could not find a membrane between the twins, so we were sent off to a tertiary center three days later to have a higher level ultrasound and a perinatologist consult...and they did find a membrane (right away) and diagnosed (for lack of a better word!) mono/di twins.
They were born at 39w, 2d. (3 weeks ago on Sunday. )
Three big girls (10) + (almost 9!);
One little boy (6) and a full on toddler (8/12) born with TAPVR (repaired at 6 days old).
It was my first pregnancy and I'd see women who looked just as pregnant as I did, and I'd say, "How far along are you?" and they'd say, "Oh, I'm due in 2 days! How about you?" and I'd say, "Oh, I'm due in 5 months."
My midwife kept asking me about my dates, but I was a single mom so I knew my dates. Us single moms don't typically get that much action! So she ordered an u/s and sure enough, two little penises in there!
I was pretty relieved, because with how big I was, I worried that if it wasn't twins, I was going to have a 19lb baby!
mom of (8) (5) (3) and born at home on Christmas day!
Karen - spouse to dh for 11 years, mama to ds (Nov '02), dd (May '05) and ds and dd (Jun '08)
I think it says something wonderful about a mother's intuition - so many of us knew (before anything was confirmed by science) that we were having more than one. It's wild too all the twin dreams, I thought I was the only one!
But 2 weeks later I posted that I had a weird feeling that I was having girls and that they were identical (they are di/di so I wasn't cheating). I was right about that one, even though everyone and their sister thought it wasn't possible.
Then he forgot about it.
Exactly a year later, I call him to tell him it's twins, and he's with the SAME CLASS. I rarely call him during school but of course he had to know. He got off the phone with me, told the class, and one of the girls said, "But Mr D, you shouldn't be so surprised, we remember you praying for twins."
So my DH uses that as an example of how God puts desires in our hearts of what He wants for us and all we have to do is ask.
What did I say when he told me about the prayer a year later?
"You should have asked me first"
Missionary, birth-worker, midwifery student
Mama to DD (9yr), DS (3yr), & UC twin DDs (5yr)
Mama to Jet 6/05, Marvel 8/06 and Cash and Fox 2/09
Expecting Ada Marianne 11/14
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