Pregnancy

Pregnancy Signs with Twins

Women who are pregnant with multiple babies are prone to exhibit exaggerated pregnancy symptoms. The morning sickness, weight gain and, exhaustion are all intensified in proportion to the number of babies being carried.

Signs of Pregnancy:

The signs of pregnancy differ from woman to woman. The following are some common symptoms:

  • Weight gain:

    Gaining weight up to 10 pounds in the first trimester is due to an increase in blood pressure and an increase in uterine size. Most mothers with multiples gain 15-25 pounds by the end of second trimester, while mothers with a single fetus gain 10-20pounds.

  • Severe morning sickness:

    Some mothers report that the symptoms have increased when compared to single baby. They experience more  severe morning sickness.

  • Measuring large for gestational age:

    An increase in uterus size could indicate that there are multiples. Many women measure larger and get alarmed when their jeans do not fit after six weeks of pregnancy. This can be true of multiple births or of a mother being pregnant for a second or third time.

  • Experiencing fetal movement early in the pregnancy:

    There is a disagreement that a mother carrying twins experiences fetal movement earlier. But many mothers report that they experience movement earlier like fetal flutters and flips. It is going to be different for each individual.

  • Abnormally high results from an Alpha Fetoprotein (AFP) test:

    Many mothers do not experience any other special symptoms. An AFP test measures the protein that is secreted by the fetal liver. If multiples are present in the womb, the protein content increases in the mother’s blood. A high result suggests that there could be more than one baby in utero or there may be abnormalities in the single child. Doctors then schedule an ultrasound scan for further determination.

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