Twin Pregnancy Signs

Are you expecting twins? Pregnant mothers generally  suspect that they are carrying more than one baby. Following are some of the most common signs of a twin or multiple pregnancy. Could you be having more than one? Check your symptoms against this list.

The symptoms of multiple pregnancy might differ from woman to woman, still few of the most common signs and symptoms include:

Larger, faster weight gain.
The weight is increased up to ten pounds in the first three months, because of increased blood volume and uterine size. At the end of the six months, usually mothers of twins gain their weight between fifteen to twenty-five pounds, But singleton pregnancies usually gain weight between ten to twenty pounds.

A large for date uterus.
If the size of the uterus growing more rapidly than expected for the due date, a multiple pregnancy may be suspected. Other reasons of a larger than expected uterus include: a miscalculated due date, an excessive amount of amniotic fluid, or the presence of uterine fibroids.

Severe morning sickness.
Generally, mothers of multiples feel morning sickness which tends to be more severe than for a singleton pregnancy.

Fetal movement early in the pregnancy.
There is always a debate among medical professionals as to find whether a mother of twins is more likely to feel movement earlier as compared to mothers of single.

Hearing two or more heartbeats as early as 10 to 12 weeks.
Depending on the position of the babies, the doctor might   be able to hear two or more separate heartbeats. But, since the heartbeat of a single fetus can be heard at different places, only if the heartbeats are different in rate is a sign of multiple pregnancy made.

Abnormally high results from an AFP test.
The AFP test determines a protein secreted by the fetal liver. More than one baby raises the amount of this protein in the mother's blood and produces a "high" result. Such a high result may also indicate abnormalities with a single baby, so a doctor generally schedules an ultrasound for further determination of the situation.

Extreme fatigue.
Nurturing a single baby drains out the body's energy, but carrying around two, three or more can be even more exhaustive. However, fatigue is probably the most common complaint of mothers of multiples.

Water retention.
Mothers of twin find that they retain more water than with singleton pregnancy.

Exaggerated pregnancy symptoms.
Having twins, the signs and symptoms of pregnancy can be magnified.