Am I Having Twins?
Many mothers to be and their partners are understandably excited about the prospect of delivering twins, but early in the pregnancy it can be hard to know for sure if you will be blessed in nine months with one child or two (or more!). It is not widely known that the levels of morning sickness you experience during the 6th and later weeks of pregnancy may be indicative of whether or not you are carrying a pair of babies to be inside you. This guide will provide information on things to look for regarding morning sickness and related signs that you might be bringing two little ones home from the hospital when you deliver.
Regardless of whether you are carrying twins or not, it is helpful to have a general understanding of what is commonly known as morning sickness. Symptoms of morning sickness may vary from woman to woman and even from one pregnancy to the next, but general trends that tend to be experienced by most women include feelings of nausea, some vomiting, and general discomfort in the abdominal regions. However, you should not automatically worry when you begin to experience such symptoms, as pregnancy studies have indicated that the higher amounts of pregnancy hormones in the body that lead to you feeling awful at times are also indicative of an embryo that is well implanted in the uterus.
In fact, the more you experience nausea during a pregnancy, the more likely you will be to deliver a healthy baby (or two). However, keep in mind that many mothers go through the nine months of pregnancy without experiencing morning sickness and still have healthy, happy babies, so don't worry in either direction. If you are like the average expectant mother, however, it may comfort you to know that the majority of pregnant women experience some form of morning sickness during the first several weeks of pregnancy; estimates are that about 80 percent of women will vomit or experience nausea at some point. However, the daily battles with queasiness and nausea will typically decrease significantly after around three months of pregnancy, and you will have more and more "good days" when you are feeling good enough to go about life as normal.
Morning Sickness and Twins
If you already know you are expecting twins, you will be happy to know that this does not necessarily mean you will have to deal with twice the levels of morning sickness you would otherwise have to survive. In fact, the experiences of mothers carrying twins will vary widely, and while some do experience an enhanced level of morning sickness to clue them into their double package, a lot of mothers have a regular level of morning sickness.
If you do happen to have more morning sickness than usual and suspect you are having twins, the typical physiological explanation for it is that your body will naturally produce a greater number of hormones in response to the two babies it is supporting compared to one, and you might have a feeling of being "more pregnant" than you would if you were carrying just one baby inside, especially around 6 weeks after conception.
Twins and Fatigue
While excessive morning sickness can be an indicator that you are carrying twins during your pregnancy, the most commonly reported issue surrounding multiple birth pregnancies is extreme fatigue. Because your body is working extra hard to take care of more than one baby, it is common to experience strong feelings of lethargy, exhaustion, and sleepiness during the first trimester of pregnancy, including at the 6 week mark. Extra fatigue during pregnancy is not always indicative of twins; in many cases, it can simply be because you've been under more stress than usual or dealing with a busier workload. See your doctor to be sure.