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I am 31 weeks pg with twins. . . I measure 42 cm, so I'm bigger than most women are when they deliver, and I still have weeks of growing ahead of me!
I know that with second babies women tend to pooch out earlier, and thus feel "huge" earlier in their pregnancies. I guess that the uterus just remembers what it's all about and gets a little over-excited. So that could explain why you feel like you're bigger than you should be. Or. . . You could be having twins! I think 8 weeks is too soon to hear a heartbeat. . . I believe most heartbeats can be heard at 11-13 weeks. We first heard both heartbeats at 13 weeks. At this point in your pregnancy, ultrasound would be the only way to know for sure how many babies you are carrying, and I think it's the only "for sure" way to know for quite some time into the pregnancy (heartbeats alone are not a proven method for diagnosing twins).
I hope you keep getting the rest you need!
Mindfully mothering SIX kids (ages 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 & 11) in a small house with a lot of love.