They say a mother’s intuition is almost always right. If you’re a mommy-to-be who is having a hunch that you could be carrying twins, here’s a list of some of the tell-tale signs that will help you find out if your guesstimate is right or not.
Your hCG Levels are Up
As soon as you become pregnant, the body generates different kinds of hormonal reactions and responses. The first hormone that the body starts to produce is the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (hCG). It is typical for the hCG levels to shoot up in the initial weeks of pregnancy; the elevated hormonal levels are detected in your urine tests. If the levels are discovered to be higher-than-normal, it may indicate that you are pregnant with twins. However, do not bump into conclusions until you have undergone an ultrasound examination. Many obstetricians have concurred that an ultrasound test is the best indicator in this context because it is not out of the ordinary for pregnant women who are carrying singletons also have higher hCG levels.
Troublesome Morning Sickness
Because your hCG levels are elevated, you may experience more vomiting and nausea than compared to a mommy-to-be of a singleton. It is common for to-be-mothers of twins to have to deal with an extreme form of morning sickness – scientifically known as hyperemesis gravidarum. The vomiting and nausea episodes could be so severe that you may have to be injected with intravenous fluids to keep your body and health in order.
Two Distinct Heartbeats
There’s a whole range of medical tools – such as the stethoscope, Doppler monitor, or fetoscope – that doctors and midwives use to listen to the fetal heartbeat in pregnant mothers. Upon careful listening, a doctor or midwife can hear two distinct heartbeats. But this isn’t a fail-proof measure. Instead, and as stated before, undergoing an ultrasound test is the best method to get a confirmation.
Increased Pregnancy Symptoms
If you are expecting twins, then your pregnancy symptoms may be exaggerated. You are likely to become more susceptible to experiencing increased bouts of fatigue, urination, breast tenderness, and your appetite urges may be harder to overcome or control.
The Baby Bump Shows up Early, and it is Bigger
While speedy weight gain is a commonplace consequence in all kinds of pregnancies, the appearance of a quickly growing belly isn’t. If you are pregnant and notice that your belly is starting to bloat up sooner than expected, you could consider it to be an indicator that you may be carrying more than one baby inside.
Fun fact: if you are carrying twins, be ready to experience a change in taste perception, which may cause you to develop food aversion tendencies. You are welcome to pin the blame on your hormonal fluctuations, but it is a given that you may not like the taste of foods such as leafy greens, seafood, meat, and coffee (although you can have 200mg (or less) of caffeine daily.)
Pregnancy is not just a shape-altering journey; it is a life-changing experience altogether. The highs and lows aside, to become a mother of twins is a prized joy, and if you have to deal with some off-putting days in the process, so be it because the end-results are worth it!