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January 19th, 2010, 03:01 PM
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Okay, first off... I'm not introducing this topic b/c I think I'm having twins. I'm just curious about how twins would be diagnosed in a homebirthing mom. Everything I've read says that twins are usually confirmed by ultrasound (which these days I have no doubt is the most common) but I wonder how early twins could be detected when receiving more traditional care.

Any twin moms here?
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January 19th, 2010, 03:41 PM
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some people know right off the bat, others have to find out via ultrasound because one overshines the other.

Are you meaning for mom's who do self prenatal exams?
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January 19th, 2010, 03:49 PM
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I have a friend who had twins at home. She did have a sonogram at 20 weeks but she was also measuring much further along than she usually did which was her midwife's first sign. Plus, as the pregnancy progresses a trained midwife can feel a whole lot more baby than would be expected. So, though a sonogram technically confirmed the twin pregnancy her midwife had really already suspected and prepared her for it before they got there.

My daughter is convinced that I am carrying twins this time. She even told her pre-school class and I had a lot of explaining to do at pick up that day. I have not had a sono and I'm not really far along enough to go by measurements but I don't think there are two in there. She'll be mighty disappointed in July if only one baby is born.
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January 19th, 2010, 04:42 PM
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I agree with Alison, I think that trained midwives would be able to recognize signs of twins as the pregnancy progresses... whether its the mama measuring large, and even later feeling the belly. Also, my midwives spend a good amount of time listening to the baby, whether its by doppler or fetoscope. They listen to the baby, the placenta, etc. Perhaps they'd also be able to pick up on the second heartbeat as well?
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January 22nd, 2010, 02:57 PM
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I knew with mine because of their movement,I felt them very early,2 very clear and distinct movements.
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January 22nd, 2010, 06:32 PM
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Perhaps they'd also be able to pick up on the second heartbeat as well?
That was my thought too. I know some women (here on JM, not in real life) that were carrying twins, and their doctors heard two heartbeats and that's how they found out.
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