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Video:Signs That You're Having Twins

with Christina Gavenda

Pregnancy is an amazing experience and a lot of moms wonder if they’re carrying twins. There are many old wives tales about how to know if you're carrying twins but there is only one guaranteed way to know if you’re having twins.See Transcript

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Transcript:Signs That You're Having Twins

Hi, My name is Christina Gavenda today. Today I will be showing you how to know if you’re having twins.

Ultrasound is the Only Confirmation of Twins

Pregnancy is an amazing experience and a lot of moms wonder if they’re carrying twins. There are a lot of things that might make you think this. Family history, early weight gain, and a “intuitive feeling” can make you suspicious!There is only one guaranteed way to know if you’re having twins and that’s an ultrasound. An experienced doctor may be able to detect two fetal heart beats using a fetal doppler monitor, but he would then want an ultrasound before saying for sure if it’s twins or not.

Medical Signs for Twins

Another hint that you may have twins is your uterus measuring larger than it’s supposed to. Some people are sure they’re having twins because they “show” earlier or because twins run in their family. Also many women claim being especially exhausted when pregnant with their twins than with single baby pregnancies. Doctors usually monitor cHG, the pregnancy hormone, during pregnancies. Although twins may sometimes produce a higher level of cHG, it will often fall within the normal range for single babies. A twin pregnancy can also produce an unusually high or "positive” APF test result. If that happens your doctor should schedule an ultrasound and then you’ll know if twins caused it.

Old Wives Tale that Signals Twins

There are a lot of old wives tales on how to know if you’re having twins, what gender you’re having and when you’re going to give birth. For example, according to one old wives tale, you can tell a lot about twins and gender by the way a pregnant woman picks up a key. For this test you simply lay a single key on the table and ask the pregnant woman to pick it up. If she picks the key up at the round end, she is having a boy. If she picks it up by the skinny end, she is having a girl. If she picks it up by the middle then she is having twins. Although these kinds of tests can be fun and entertaining, there is no sure sign without professional testing as to whether a woman is carrying twins.

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