Due to a number of symptoms & the fact that I'm a carrier of fraternal twins genetics, there is a likelihood I am carrying multiples. I'm in my 19th week now, and haven't felt very much movement at all. I felt two flutters on the same day in my 12th week which I know is abnormally early so I called Telehealth nurses line and she said if I am carrying twins and they are growing at a regular rate, that it would not be strange to feel it that early.
One flutter was down lower than my belly button on the right side (around 10 pm), and the other was up at the very top of my bump by my ribcage on the left side (around 2 pm). There is also consistently a distinct and visible harder formation on the top of the bump where aforementioned since around that time and has not moved around to different places at all. The lower spot is not as obvious but I feel more movement down there lately. My belly is consistently lopsided - heavy on left-hand top and heavy on right-hand bottom.
So my silly question is this:
I was under the impression that babies sat lower in the belly (not by the ribcage) until much farther along than three to five months. Also, if there are two of them, I thought that twins grew closely together in the womb. I am so very confused. :S
I take it you have not had a scan? It is also possible the hard bumps you feel are from fibroids, as they can grow larger in pregnancy and they wouldn't move around. I'd talk to your Dr and ask for a scan to rule out multiples
Thanks for your reply! I had no idea about fibroids so thank you for giving me something to look into! (:
Also, I had my first ultrasound at 5 wks + 6 days but baby had just developed a heart beat. My doctor has since advised me that because of the particular symptoms I've been experiencing plus my genetic predisposition to twins, it could be that the other fetus had yet to develop its heart beat and in fact, could have even began beating just hours after my ultrasound.
I've also had this seconded by a TeleHealth nurse and the nurse who instructs our prenatal class. The latter also informed me that she has seen many multiple births whose parents were completely unaware of the other baby's presence until delivery day because the little one may be hiding behind its sibling and the ultrasound monitor is unable to pick up the activity.
But I figure if next Wednesday (my next ultrasound) they tell me there is only one I will stop worrying about the unknown. There may still be room for the possibility of a multiple birth but I have to stop my paranoia before it gets out of hand haha.
I was just curious about my lopsided belly and how to explain the crazy defined lump at the top of my bump.
It's possible it's twins but I will say that I had a lopsided belly all the time with my singleton pregnancies. My kids just liked to lay at odd angles until those last couple weeks and then they'd finally stay head down.
I had a lopsided bump the whole way through my last pregnancy, in fact it looked like a ski slope most of the time. We have more scans in this country, so it would be almost impossible for a twin to hide until delivery day. Correct me if I'm wrong, but in Canada you only get one, and it's not possible to pay for a private scan is it? Just listening to the heartbeats isn't terribly accurate at detecting multiples either, so no help there. At twenty weeks, I wouldn't bet on a baby's chance of hiding, they're pretty big and obvious by that point
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