Am I pregnant with twins?
The thought crosses the mind of almost every mum-to-be “is it twins?!” 1 out of every 65 pregnancies in the UK are twin (or more) births, so it’s definitely a fitting question to ask!
There are a number of factors which can influence your chances of having twins, and you will find out for sure whether twins are on their way at your 12 week dating ultrasound scan.
Before then, here are the top 5 signs you should look out for which could signal that twins are on their way. Signs can often be detected more easily by mums who have had a single pregnancy before as they are able to tell the difference between their previous pregnancies and their current one!
1. Weight gain
Rapid weight gain is a common sign of a twin pregnancy and it’s completely normal for a mum-to-be pregnant with twins to put on more weight than a woman carrying a single baby; you’re creating twice the amount of babies after all!
2. Extreme tiredness
While it’s normal to feel tired when you’re pregnant, women carrying twins are more likely to experience extreme tiredness or exhaustion as they adapt to being pregnant with two growing babies, and your body has to adjust to increased energy requirements.
3. Increased nausea
Although not all twin pregnancies result in increased nausea and morning sickness, many mums-to-be who are expecting twins report increased and more severe nausea than they experienced during their singleton pregnancies.
4. Needing to pass urine more frequently
Although this is a common early symptom of pregnancy anyway, your need to pass urine a lot more frequently in a twin pregnancy is common due to the amount of hormones in a developing twin pregnancy.
5. Very tender breasts
A significant tenderness in your breasts is also a common sign of a twin pregnancy again due to the higher amount of hormones associated with a twin pregnancy.