An interesting question that I frequently see online is “How do I know if I’m pregnant with twins?”
I find this an intriguing question because my wife and I never asked it. The possibility of twins was not even on our radar so we never even thought to ask the question.
On early visits to the obstetrician’s office, you may get to listen for the heartbeat with a heartbeat monitor. To the untrained ear, you may hear two heartbeats and think you’ve got twins when in reality you are hearing both the mother’s and baby’s heartbeats.
In the hands of a skilled medical worker, the heartbeat monitor can pick up twin heartbeats or at least possibly indicate such. In these cases, you’ll most surely be sent for an ultrasound to confirm this suspicion.
The sure-fire way to tell if you are pregnant with twins is to get an ultrasound. An experienced technician will be able to point out the two little heart beats on an ultrasound even early in the first trimester. Eventually, you’ll get a good sense for if your babies are identical or fraternal twins.
As the pregnancy progresses, you’ll be able to see the two little babies start to take shape and grow. Due to a higher risk of complications during a twin pregnancy, you will likely get more ultrasounds than the typical singleton pregnancy. Savor those extra visits with your unborn children as you’ll get extra glimpses into their development and maybe even their personalities.
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Back in the old days before modern medical technology, people were surprised by twins all the time on delivery day. While it is possible to have twins today and not know until delivery, it is highly unlikely. If you are regularly visiting the doctor for prenatal care, twins should be discovered at some point during the pregnancy.
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