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Old 05-03-2006, 08:04 AM   #1
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hidden twin pregnancy

I have asked before but I just can't get this hidden twin thing out of my mind! My sister had twins and my husband claims he has twins in his family and my Mom claims she had twins in her family. My husband made the joke the other day that we were having twins and that the other one had just been hidden from the ultrsounds I had. I had one at about 7 weeks and 8 weeks and they noticed on baby. They seemed to spend more time checking out my ovaries and tube (previous ectopic/one tube taken out). I havent really gained that much weight maybe a few lbs in my 1st trimester, but my stomach sticks out. I am a larger person so I thought for me to show so soon that maybe there are twins in there. I was curious how long it took for the Doctor to notice there was a hidden twin? One women said she had an ultrasound at 6 & 8 weeks and didn't know until she gave birth. I was curious how often they happen and if there are any signs that you maybe carrying a hidden twin? I am almost 15 weeks now and I will have my upcoming ultrasound but it's not until closer to the 20th week.

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Old 05-03-2006, 06:54 PM   #2
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Re: hidden twin pregnancy

Hi -

In this time of U/S exams being done with fair frequency, the chances of a hidden twin not being spotted is much smaller than it used to be. Using a doppler to detect the heartbeat also is a way to detect a 2nd little somebody inside. Early on, your beta levels would be likely to be higher and that would indicate the possibility of twins. If your beta levels were normal for a singleton and no extra shape or heartbeat has been detected, the chances of that hidden twin are probably small. Your next U/S should tell for sure. In fact, tell the U/S tech that no twin has been found yet, but since twins run in both sides of the family, you'd like the U/S to be extra thorough just to answer that question.

Hope you get the answer you want!

Cheers! Barbara

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