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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).
Girl/boy twins due July 2010