Early Pregnancy Signs Single Versus Twin Pregnancy

Becoming pregnant is an exciting time, particularly if you have been trying to conceive for some time. For women who have had to have fertility treatments, from medications such as Clomid to in-vitro fertilization, there is a concern that they may be pregnant with twins or multiples. Knowing the general signs of pregnancy, as well as the signs of a twin pregnancy, can help you to know whether you have become pregnant, and if you have become pregnant with twins.

The first sign of pregnancy for many women is a missed period. However, this is not always an indication that you are pregnant; a variety of other things, such as stress, vigorous exercise, and reproductive disorders may cause you to miss a period. In addition, many women have irregular periods, and may not be aware of actually “missing” one.

The most effective way that you can determine whether you are pregnant is, of course, with a pregnancy test. For most women, it may be possible to determine whether you are pregnant as early as 7-10 days after conception using a home pregnancy test. However, the time required depends greatly on the type of pregnancy test being used, as well as your own individual physiology.

Many women who are pregnant experience fatigue, especially during their first trimester. The hormonal changes taking place in your body can make you feel lethargic, or worn out after just a little bit of physical activity. These hormonal changes can also affect your mood. Some women will feel pronounced mood swings as little as a couple of weeks after becoming pregnant.

Implantation bleeding is another sign of pregnancy. When the fertilized egg attaches to the uterus, some women will have a very light bleeding. This will typically be from pinkish to reddish-brown in color, and typically lasts for 1-2 days.

Frequent urination can also indicate pregnancy. The old saying goes that the most dangerous place in the world is between a pregnant woman and a bathroom. While this is especially true later in pregnancy when your baby is pushing on your internal organs, many women experience a more frequent need to urinate throughout their pregnancy.

Nausea caused by pregnancy, sometimes called “morning sickness,” is a fairly common symptom of pregnancy. Around 70% of all new moms-to-be will experience morning sickness. Morning sickness can occur at any time of the day, not just during the morning. This nausea may be constant, as it is for some women; or, it may just occur occasionally. The degree to which you feel sick can also vary; you might just feel a little woozy, or you might experience full fledged vomiting.

Breast tenderness is one of the very earliest signs of pregnancy. Increased hormones cause breasts to be sensitive and sore, and often to swell.

For a twin pregnancy, these signs and symptoms are often exaggerated. The extra hormones that a woman who is pregnant with twins has can make breasts even more tender, make you more tired, make you need to urinate even more frequently, and, unfortunately, cause more morning sickness or nausea.

While it is not particularly scientific, many women who have become pregnant with twins feel that they just knew ahead of time that it was going to be twins. You cannot study this intuition in a lab, but neither can you discount a woman’s ability to know her own body.

Another sign of a twin pregnancy is rapid weight gain in the first trimester. This is normal and common for women who are pregnant with twins or multiples. Measuring large for gestational age, in which your health care provider determines that your uterus is larger than usual for how far along in pregnancy you are can be another early sign of a twin pregnancy.

Women who are pregnant with twins often have elevated levels of a protein released by the baby called AFP, or alpha fetoprotein. In addition, you will probably have rapidly rising levels of Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin, or hCG for short, which is a hormone produced by the fertilized egg and used to help your pregnancy while the placenta is developing.

One of the most reliable signs that you are carrying twins is the presence of multiple heartbeats. At around 12 weeks of pregnancy, your health care provider will be able to do a Doppler test, in which he may be able to distinguish two heartbeats. An ultrasound can also reliably reveal whether or not you are carrying twins. At around six weeks of pregnancy, a skilled technician can find two embryos, two heartbeats, and two sacs.

  • shimpi

    hello doctor , tell me that,how it is possibile to conceive for twins or more.

  • Lovesbeingmom

    I see this is a bit an older post. Hoping is still open to comments. Can implantation bleeding be exaggerated with a twin pregnancy as well? Amount of spotting or number of days?
    Thanks for this information.

  • Good question, but unfortunately, I don’t really know the answer. I would guess if you ended up with two fertilized eggs, the implantation bleeding could be more and longer lasting depending on when each of the eggs implanted.

  • hopeful

    I have been ttc and have been having tender breasts, mood swings, back aches, headaches, and intense fatigue for the last ten days, this seems to be a successful attempt except that three days before my next period (I am extremely regular) I am having needle like pains/cramps and the blood is congealed, with not a lot there. Could this be double implantation?

  • Have you taken a pregnancy test? If you are 3 days before your period, you should be able to test now and get a result.

  • george W

    im 35 years old and I was diagnosed with poor ovarian reserve and very bad prognosis of having a baby with my own eggs. I was even given the option to consider donor eggs. That was around july 2014. I was absolutely devastated with the news and I arranged an IVF for November 2014 and it failed also, given that I had nothing to lose, I contacted on facebook (Oduduwa Ajakaye) and he send me his herbal product,. Believe it or not… I am already pregnant!

  • Momof5

    I’m almost 36 years old. I have 5 children already. My last period was April 24-27. I had sex may 2. I ovulated may 7. My period was due may 21. I never got it. 3 days late and I had brown discharge for 2 days but only when I wiped after I
    using the bathroom. I’m now 2 months late. Had small spotting today brown discharge twice after wiping. I’ve had a blood test and taking at least 10 home pregnancy tests and they are all negative. With my other kids I never got a positive pregnancy test til 7 weeks. But it’s past that. I have an ultrasound scheduled in a few days. My dr was sure convinced my test would be positive because I had symptoms within a week of having sex. Blue veins on breasts. Severe nausea and having to go to the bathroom alot more. I’ve had 5 kids already. My dr said because I have so many kids already and because of my age I have a higher chance of being pregnant with twins. But if that’s the case, y all the negative tests????

  • Unfortunately, I can’t give you an answer for that. Some women never get positives with pregnancy tests even though they are pregnant. Did they do a blood test to see what that says? It would be interesting to find out what your doctor says as to why you keep getting negative results. Good luck at the ultrasound!

  • Ashley

    Hey my name is ashley im 8 days till my period.
    Two days ago I had a very light pink discharge when I wiped it stoped soon after I went to the restroom. Now I feel very drained and I have the poops sorry tmi.

  • Vishnavi

    Hi iam 40 days delay and i had positive result in my home pregnancy test. I have morning sickness and vomitig sensation but on 41st day i have a flow in redish colour. May i know why and what is the reason for it.

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