But the only way to confirm a twin pregnancy is with an ultrasound done at your doctor’s office, typically during the first trimester. Your doctor may also be able to confirm if you’re having fraternal or identical twins, but a DNA test can tell you for sure.
How early can you detect twins?
Ultrasound. Although the factors above may be signs of a twin pregnancy, the only sure way to know you’re pregnant with more than one baby is through an ultrasound. Some doctors schedule an early ultrasound, around 6 to 10 weeks, to confirm the pregnancy or check for issues.
Do you cramp more with twins?
With a twin pregnancy, your body makes high levels of pregnancy hormones. So morning sickness may come on earlier and stronger than if you were carrying a single baby. You may also have earlier and more intense symptoms from pregnancy, like swelling, heartburn, leg cramps, bladder discomfort, and sleep problems.
Which parent carries the gene for twins?
This is why fraternal twins run in families. However, only women ovulate. So, the mother’s genes control this and the fathers don’t. This is why having a background of twins in the family matters only if it is on the mother’s side.
Can you be pregnant with twins without knowing?
It’s not unheard of for a twin pregnancy to go undetected in early ultrasounds (say, around 10 weeks). But once you reach the midway point of your pregnancy and have your 20-week anatomy scan, you can be 99.99 percent confident about how many babies to expect at your delivery.
How fast does your belly grow with twins?
If you’re expecting twins or higher-order multiples, you could also possibly start to show before the end of your first trimester. Your uterus must grow larger to accommodate more than one baby. So whereas someone expecting a singleton may not show until after 3 or 4 months, you might show as early as 6 weeks.