5 Signs You Could Be Having Twins

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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.

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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? 

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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! 

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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!”

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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!

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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. 

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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. 

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5 Signs You Could Be Having Twins

Chaunie Brusie is a coffee mug addict, a labor and delivery nurse turned freelance writer, and a young(ish) mom of four. She is the author of "Tiny Blue Lines: Preparing For Your Baby, Moving Forward In Faith, & Reclaiming Your Life In An Unplanned Pregnancy" and "The Moments That Made You A Mother". She also runs Passion Meets Practicality, a community of tips + inspiration for work-at-home mothers. ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Tiffany Tiffany says:

    I think this article was fun to read. No it wasnt informative but it was a good mood lifter. I for one am scared to find out if I get twins or not. I commend any parent that does have multiples because it isnt an easy job, its exhausting and you parents have a lot more guts and patience than those of us with single babies. To the people sitting here being rude about all of this, you just need to grow up and have a sense of humor because reading your comments just makes me lose the happiness when reading others opinions.

  2. Profile photo of Wendy Wendy says:

    I’m having twins, but I keep having dreams it’s a singleton. I guess I better call the doctor and double check!

    Seriously, though. These are not really signs of having multiples. The only way you can know if you’re having multiples is an ultrasound. Until you have that pic of two happy little uterus hijackers in your womb.

  3. Profile photo of Miller Miller says:

    And if the article is so stupid why are y’all reading it and commenting on it???? Lmao, you people and “experts” are something else!

    • Profile photo of Randi Randi says:

      We’re probably reading it because we’re familiar with twins/multiples. Therefore when an article claims to map out signs of something we’re familiar with, we’ll probably read it. In this case, we’ll read it and laugh hysterically.

  4. Profile photo of Miller Miller says:

    You all need to get a life! Go nurse your twins, dream about unicorns, correct grammar, and get headaches! Hahahaha y’all sound like a bunch of cats fighting over cat nips!

  5. Profile photo of mellisa mellisa says:

    This is absolutely rediculous! This article is incredibly misleading and very uninformative. The ONLY way you will ever know if it’s twins is by an ultrasound. According to your article I should currently be mountain climbing in the nude with my best friend in elementary school and Justin Timberlake because that’s what my dream was last night.

    I have twins I also have a singleton. My singleton baby I was my first and I was also bigger with him. Just because it’s twins does not equal a bigger belly ESPECIALLY BEFORE SECOND TRI! Also if you are feeling kicks in different spots you should be to the point where twins has already been confirmed. Ugh this really just makes my head hurt. Way to do your research before publishing this. I see this has been shared and pinned almost 2,000 times just misinforming that many more who happen to come across this.

    And lady who commented about twin running in our husbands family for one YOUR eggs have NOTHING to do with his genetic line if you release two eggs and have Di/di twins it has nothing to do with him ad if you have identicals that has nothing to do with either of you and your family’s history. You just made yourself sound very under educated.

    Thanks for the good laughs though. I hope other moms who have twins or more see this and call you out on the lack of research that went into this!!

    • Profile photo of Sara McTigue, CLCEditor Sara McTigue, CLC says:

      Hey there! Fellow twin mama here. Of course this isn’t actual scientific data to support whether or not you are having twins. It’s just a fun blog to discuss the ways some twin moms felt it was obvious to them early on. Myself? I told my husband the night before my first ultrasound that my morning sickness was “twice as bad.” It wasn’t proof that I was having twins, but you can bet I remembered saying that when the nurse pointed out the TWO blips on the screen.

      As you know, many people are intrigued by multiples, and like to hear stories and wonder about their own potential for having twins. This is just a fun way to show that there are all kinds of ways that twins do – or don’t- reveal themselves early on. It’s also a chance for members like you to share your own experiences. So thank you for that! We want to keep this a community where we can share and learn from one another, even though we each have our own experiences and opinions.

    • Profile photo of mellisa mellisa says:

      Well considering the fact the I’m nursing my twins as I respond to all the stupidity on this article as well as the comments, I do not have time to care about grammar. I’m not here for that. I’m writing a quick response so the women who happen across this disaster of an article don’t get misguided and exceptionally misleading information.

      Are you even a mother to multiples? If not shut up and sit down “lady”. I do not care what you have to say, I especially could care less about the fact I missed a punctuation marks. Why don’t you turn your attention to the article that says if you have dreams it’s totally twins. That Is not even realistic and flat out stupid. Oh well, at least it had given the moms of multiples community a really good laugh!! So please continue to make a fool of yourself. I’m sure we would all love to see what you have to say. Scientifically back up all these fact and I won’t continue to speak up, until then I’m going to go google that pet unicorn I have been wanting. After reading this I’m going to say it’s safe to say they are real …. Since I had a dream of owning one last night 😉

    • Profile photo of Randi Randi says:

      The fact that your reply was to correct grammar shows that you have no legitimate argument here.

      This article is 100% ridiculous and an embarrassment for someone who has “credentials.” It’s falsely giving women like you hope that you’re having twins because of your “dreams.” Guess what, if the ultrasounds still haven’t told you that you’re having twins; you’re more than likely not. So just stop. Start preparing for your one baby and see that as a reality and let go of false hopes/suspicions.

      There is not one thing factual about this article. It’s a joke that the website even posted it. You cannot interview one person and claim it to be credible. Everyone’s pregnancy is different. And guess what! Not everything is doubled with a twin pregnancy. It doesn’t necessarily mean double the hormones. You’re not even eating for three.

      I’m having twins and in my first trimester, I gained 1 pound. Riddle me that according to this article. Also, like Melissa said, if you’re feeling movements, you’re already way past the point of having an ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy.

      But, oh, please do post with your results from your next appointment. While you’re at it, please educate yourselves on the facts of twin pregnancies because this article isn’t teaching you one thing.

  6. Profile photo of AvaandSofia AvaandSofia says:

    I felt pregnant the day after it happened! I thought I was going insane. I actually looked up false pregnancy. I also felt nauseous from the start, which wasn’t too bad with my son. I do not have twins in my family, but I had a feeling before I was pregnant with my girls that I would have twins. When I was 8 months pregnant with my first baby, I had a dream that the day after I had my son my doctor came into the hospital room saying, “Congratulations! You are having twins!” That dream stuck with me and I thought about it the day before my ultrasound. Yet, even though I had a feeling, I was still surprised when we saw two little babies on the screen! I’m not going to lie, the pregnancy was tough, the newborn stage was tougher, but we have survived! They are four months old today, and although it can be difficult and overwhelming, they are well worth it!

  7. Profile photo of Christina Christina says:

    My dad teases all the girla in the family saying “youre going to have twin” of course none of ever did. However this last time when I got pregnant of course he told me and my mom at my first appt did the same. Well we had 3 different ultrasound before I was 14 weeks and all said single. I had started to show already around 12 weeks which was really odd for me because Im a tiny person and didnt show with my daughter till almoat 6 month so we talked to my doctor and when my when my fiance daughter and I went in for my doctors appt that day my daughter says mom which is the head? Lol causing me to say WHAT and it was at that time the doctor asked if we had talked about multiples because there were 2 babies not just one.

  8. Profile photo of Megan Megan says:

    My mom actually had a dream i was having twins. I had all day sickness and could only eat chicken noodle soup with my twin pregnancy.

  9. Profile photo of Megan Megan says:

    My mom actually had a dream i was having twins. At my first initial appt. With my pcp, she told him that and we got an ultrasound ordered that day and because could hear only one heartbeat on the Doppler. Sure enough two babies showed up on ultrasound.

  10. Profile photo of Rhonda Rhonda says:

    With the pregnancy of my twins. The bottom of my stomach felt heavy very early on. When I walked a while or was on outings.

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