5 Signs You Could Be Having Twins
I've always had some sort of strange premonition that I would have twins someday.
And if history is any indicator, I need to be careful what I write about, because the next thing you know, I will be turning around to discover that I am massively pregnant with twins.
And I wouldn't be out of the ordinary. According to the CDC, twins and multiple pregnancy are more common than ever. The CDC reported that 1 in 30 babies born in 2009 was a twin.
And putting my fear of having even more babies aside, simply to satisfy my curiosity, I had to do some digging to discover–just what are the early signs you may be having twins?
Vivid dreams. Jenni Hart, a mom of six-month twin girls, actually cites a dream that she had as one of the earliest signs that twins were in her future. “I actually had a dream that my gender reveal had two boxes that I opened,” Jenni relates. “But I still thought nothing of it!” I am a firm believer that there is a lot of truth to be found in our dreams, especially during pregnancy. And who knows–two babies equals twice as many hormones, so perhaps look to those sweet dreams for some initial clues, ladies!
A family history. It's pretty common knowledge that if twins run in the family, there is an increased probability of having twins. Surprisingly though, according to the National Health Service, the family link with twins has more to do with fraternal, or non-identical twins, rather than identical twins. The difference occurs because identical twins occur when one egg divides and forms into two embryos, while fraternal twins are often the result of a woman actually releasing two eggs, which is more likely to be a genetic trait. Once again, Jenni says she should have seen twins coming–she definitely has twins in the family! She explains. “My mom's aunt had 3 sets of twins!”
Movements far apart. Jenni pointed out this early indicator of twins, which I found really interesting. “Another sign I should have recognized was the movements I felt far apart!” Jenni says. She went to explain that when she started to feel movement in her belly, she felt kicks and jabs on opposites sides of her belly, as well as “high and low” simultaneously. Which makes sense, considering there were two separate babies in there!
Early showing. Because of the added room requirement for two babies in utero, many twin mommies often start showing a little bit earlier than singleton pregnancy. Although not necessarily, and I will vouch for being one of those unfortunate people who gets asked starting around 3 months if I'm having twins–which I totally am not.
A big belly. Along with showing early, one of the earliest and pretty reliable signs of a twin pregnancy is a larger-than-average belly. Jenni is actually a teeny person, which I can attest to, having known her in “real” life, so she says when she finally started showing around 4 months, “I just ballooned right out!! So at 20 weeks people teased me I was having twins because I started to get so big!” And they were right–Jenni and her boyfriend found out they were expecting twins at their 20 week ultrasound.
Multiple mamas – what was the earliest sign that you were carrying twins (or more)?