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I just got back from a midwife appointment and apparantaly I'm measuring 4 weeks ahead, and I'm positive about the dates so they are wondering if it could be twins. Are there any signs of expecting twins, anything different that I would have felt so far or may feel that I should look out for? This is my first pregnancy so I don't know what's "normal". I would like avoid an ultrasound and see if the rapid growth continues first, seeing as this was the case with my sister's first and my mom's 5 kids as well. I'm pretty sure it's just one, but curious! Any thoughts or anyone with experience with pregnancy with twins?
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I just got back from a midwife appointment and apparantaly I'm measuring 4 weeks ahead, and I'm positive about the dates so they are wondering if it could be twins. Are there any signs of expecting twins, anything different that I would have felt so far or may feel that I should look out for? This is my first pregnancy so I don't know what's "normal". I would like avoid an ultrasound and see if the rapid growth continues first, seeing as this was the case with my sister's first and my mom's 5 kids as well. I'm pretty sure it's just one, but curious! Any thoughts or anyone with experience with pregnancy with twins?
I have not had twins, however I am measuring 5 weeks ahead. I did have an ultrasound and there is only one baby and everything else looked fine. I grow big babies, and DS measured 3 weeks ahead. So, I think we will just have another big baby (around 10lbs.). I am also positive of my dates (as confirmed by u/s) because I had a miscarriage and got pregnant immediately thereafter. I wouldn't be too concerned.
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I don't think it's likely, but possible. I am expecting twins this time, I have gone back and forth between measuring 2-4 wks ahead. From what I have learned, some women do measure big, and others not carrying twins. Fundal height is not a very precise thing. A number of things can affect it. When I had my first son (baby #4), I was measuring up to 6 wks larger than expected. Come to find out that I had too much amniotic fluid, so it was stretching me out further. Baby's position can also affect FH. Are you sure of your dates? Perhaps you are farther along than you thought.
The big differences I have noticed this pg: I started showing sooner and got bigger a lot faster (at 24 wks I look just about like I usually look at term!); morning sickness was intense; I get hungry a LOT (if you saw the amount of food I eat you'd be shocked, and yet I have only gained 15 pounds); generally all pg symptoms I got sooner and more intense. But I am sure this can vary as well. If it is major concern, get the US. If your midwife is cool with just going with the flow, let it lie. My OB said that I will start to see more and more of a discrepancy between fundal height and number of wks as I go, maybe you should wait and see if that happens and then have an US. Sorry, I am not much help!
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This is my second twin pregnancy, Its much different then a singleton pregnancy, not that, that helps you lol

I pull muscles very easily, sneezing, coughing, throwing up all cause great pain in the abdomen area, because of the stretching muscles.

I also was sicker then a dog, and lose a lot of weight with my twin pregnancy.

I measure about 5 weeks head but I have lost 43 pounds so far.

Loving Dh, Mama x 4, Surrogate mother to 5. A born 2003, M and R girl/girl twins 2006, S and C boy/girl twins born 2010. Processing/healing.
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This is my first pregnancy and I'm expecting twins, so I can't compare it a singleton. My husband did read in one book that your belly is often itchier with twins, but I think that was earlier on. I don't know what I'm measuring, as they always just do US's on me.

If your mom and sister experienced the same thing, it's probably just normal for you and not twins. But if you really do have a concern that it's twins, it's better to find out sooner rather than later. Twins need more nutrition, more weight gain, more water. Plus there's the whole shock of finding out that takes a little time to adjust to. And you'll need more baby gear and will have to get prepared a little earlier in case of either preterm labor or having to go on bedrest (both common with twins). Also, you might need to cut back on exercise earlier than with a singleton. So I'd say, since our due dates are nearing, I wouldn't wait too much longer to confirm it one way or the other.

I had read in some of the natural childbirth books to avoid US, just because they don't know for sure if it's truly okay. But we had to go through infertility treatments and three rounds of IVF to get pregnant, and they monitor you very closely when you do that. Then it ended up being twins and then monitor that closely as well, so at 24 weeks I've already had at least 6 US's. At the second one I asked my doc if it was really okay to have all these US's. He said he has a doctor friend who's a maternal and fetal specialist and when she was pregnant she did an US on herself almost everyday. Her babies came out fine, so he wasn't worried about it. Not very scientific, but it did put me at ease a bit.

Anyway, other symptoms...when I sneeze I get a sharp pain at the point between my breasts where my ribs meet, something to do with the expaning ribcage. When I walk upstairs or any incline I get out of breath and breathe heavier for a bit. Probably just from having less space for my lungs. And my belly got big earlier. I outgrew my regular clothes pretty early and now look about seven months or more (singleton size).

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Thanks for all the feedback. I'm thinking it's just one, seeing as it seems to run in the family and I'm 22 weeks and just started showing enough that it looks like a baby bump and not that I've just eaten too much. I'm pretty confident of this, but I guess we'll wait a bit and see what happens in the next month until my next appointment.
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