Sign and symptoms of twin pregnancy

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Sign and symptoms of twin pregnancy
Sign and symptoms of twin pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful time in a woman’s life. Some may predict being pregnant with multiple kids or maybe your belly looks bigger than most moms or maybe multiple births just run in the family. There can be various reasons for you to think that you are pregnant with twins the sure shot way to find out about is to get an ultrasound.

Factors effecting incresed chances of pregnancy:

  1. Age: The women over the age of 30 starts to produce more follicle stimulating hormone, which leads to the release of more than one egg from the ovary.  This could result in multiple births.
  2. Height: If you are over the average height with a BMI of 30 or higher, the chances of getting pregnant with twins increase.
  3. Already a twin mom: If you are already a mom of twins your chances of conceiving twin babies are high.
    All these are just factors, even if you do not have any of those chances you could still be pregnant with twins.

Signs and symptoms:

hCG Levels

Women pregnant with twins have a higher level of hCG. hCG is the hormone that is produced during pregnancy. However, increased levels of hCG does not automatically indicate multiples babies.

Excessive morning sickness

Almost all women suffer from morning sickness during their first trimester. In most cases mothers with twins have excessive morning sickness than usual.

Fetal Movement

Some women carrying twins have reported fetal movements earlier than usual women. It is important to note that most women experience earlier movement in subsequent pregnancies.

Fatigue

Commonly reported, women pregnant with twins face extreme fatigue, tiredness, irritability, exhaustion, and sleepiness. This may be associated with the mother’s body attempting to provide nutrients to more than one baby. Women carrying twins should take care of what they eat and get enough sleep.

Bump

Your uterus might expand more than that of the single fetus mothers as it has to accommodate two babies. Therefore women tend to have bigger belly compared to a women with one baby.

Weight

On average, women who are carrying multiples only gain about 10 more pounds than those carrying a single baby. Multiple attributes play an important role in how much weight you gain, carrying two babies is one of them.

Shortness breath

It is an early sign of twin babies because of the thrust against the diaphragm put by two babies. You should consult your doctor if you feel uncomfortable.

Cramps

Cramps are an early sign of twin pregnancy as the uterus enlarges more than normal. As long as there is no bleeding during twin pregnancy cramps, you don’t have to worry, as it is an indication of implantation.

Frequent urination

Frequent urination is common within all mother, but mothers with twin babies tend to urinate frequently because of the pressure exerted by the growing uterus, which is bigger in size, on the bladder. Do not decrease the levels of water you consume as staying hydrated during this time is extremely important.

Back pains

All pregnant women face this but if you are carrying twins the pain increases due to the excess weight gain, uterus enlargement, and excess hormonal activity. Standing straight and holding your chest high can help you relax. 

Abnormal AFP Test result

An Alpha-fetoprotein test (APF) is carried out during the second trimester to measure the amount of protein secreted by the fetus’ liver. An abnormal level of APF may indicate twin pregnancy as the amount doubles up.

Faster heartbeat

Your heart beats faster and the heart rate increases, because your bloodstream needs more oxygen for carrying out the extra work of nurturing your twins.

To know for sure, stop guessing and get an ultrasound to be prepared for the arrival of twins. Being pregnant with twins needs extra care and precautions. Make sure to get enough rest and eating healthy!

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