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When was the latest you were told you had twins?

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calimommy · 19/02/2017 19:30

Any moms have several singleton scans only to have a second baby appear later?

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KitKat1985 · 19/02/2017 19:33

No experience of this but I would have thought it was extremely unlikely to have 'several' scans and no-one notice a second baby. Why do you ask?

AbbeyRoadCrossing · 19/02/2017 19:39

I'd also think this is very unlikely. I have heard tales of women that didn't realise they were having twins but they are from before scans were introduced so the midwife would just feel and guess!

CountessOfStrathearn · 19/02/2017 20:00

A few years ago, my friend's sister discovered she was having twins at the 20 week scan after a normal singleton 12 week scan. I imagine it is incredibly rare though.

SaorAlbaGuBrath · 19/02/2017 20:04

My cousin discovered twins at the 20 week scan, twin 2 had been hiding at the 12 week scan or the sonographer hadn't checked properly

calimommy · 19/02/2017 20:42

I know, I feel silly even asking. I often see posts like this and roll my eyes. It's just a niggle I have. I'm far far sicker this time than other times. This is my 5th pregnancy and I'm a nurse so I'm fairly used to looking at ultrasounds by now. I'm currently 11 wks. I've had two early scans, 7&9weeks. At the first the foetus was extremely long at one point and she moved the wand slightly and then it shortened and she measured that. I remarked to my husband that she could have measured the longer image but thought no more about it. Then at the second scan I thought I caught a glimpse of a second foetus (as in it would have been directly behind the first) when I wasn't even thinking about a second one and I looked at the technician to see if they would return to it or remark on it but nothing was said. That's when I remembered my first experience. I've actually booked a scan for next Friday when I should be 12 weeks to put the matter to bed because I won't see my doc again till 14 weeks and I am terribly impatient. I have two children already and know very well how difficult twins would be, so I'm not wishing for it by any means! Just curious if I'm mad for even considering it. I have NOT shared my 'niggle' with my DH. He would die.

Obviously, I was googling (stop laughing please ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ฌ) and found an image which was similar to what I 'thought' I might have seen:

When was the latest you were told you had twins?
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KitKat1985 · 19/02/2017 20:50

Well I'm very curious. Do let us know how you get on next Friday!

iecgi · 19/02/2017 20:55

I had a work colleague this happened too but this was back when you had a dating scan at around 8weeks then no other till 20wks and it was discovered then was said to be rare but not unheard of and usually when dating scan done early I imagine less likely now we are scanned at 12 weeks

Foggymist · 19/02/2017 20:56

I know 15 year old twins who were thought to be a single pregnancy until the first was delivered, turned out twin 2 had been hidden behind twin 1 & synchronised heartbeats. But that's 15 years of scan technology ago.

Crumbs1 · 19/02/2017 20:56

If I remember correctly, I just knew that this pregnancy was different but only had scan then at around 16 weeks. Didn't really surprise us given husband is a twin and my mother was a triplet.

Flowerpower321 · 19/02/2017 20:58

I know someone who was told twins at the first scan then they found a third at the second scan!

redspottydress · 19/02/2017 20:58

I would imagine this is more likely with id twins sharing a sac than no id twins.

NoCapes · 19/02/2017 21:04

My brothers are twins, my Mum gave birth to the first, then the doctor said "oh I think he had a teddy bear in there with him"
And she promptly gave birth to the second
This was 35 years ago though to be fair
Although I follow someone in Instagram with 1 year old twin boys and they only found the second one at the 20 week scan

calimommy · 19/02/2017 21:21

I will let you know how I get on and if I'm just a silly woman with a wild imagination seeing things or not. I imagine it's the former.

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Hs2Issue · 19/02/2017 21:22

Dtwin and i were discovered 2 weeks before being born (we were 2 months early however) and 40 years ago before scans.

BikeRunSki · 19/02/2017 21:25

The mum of a boy I was at nursery with had undiagnosed twins, but that would have been about 1974!!

HN42 · 19/02/2017 21:37

Well mine were found at 6 weeks, 2 little blobs with 2 separate heart beats. At the 12 week scan I felt like the sonographer didn't know to look for twins (although it was in my notes I was expecting twins) but she immediately found the two babies right next to each other and they were both facing different directions so there was a lot of moving the wand around to get a good look at them both. I think it would be very unusual not to find twins if you have them by the 12 week scan as one of the purposes of that scan is to check how many babies there are.

UnbornMortificado · 19/02/2017 21:39

God don't. This is my fifth pregnancy, I've had an early scan and there was definitely one showing.

The thought of two DD's makes me feel a bit faint Envy

Cali il be watching with interest, I will blame any subsequent nightmares on reading this thread.

Newtoday · 19/02/2017 21:41

Let us know!

calimommy · 19/02/2017 22:49

Right I'd say now I'll feel like a complete eejit coming back Friday to report it's all in my head!!

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calimommy · 24/02/2017 18:40

Well I'm just back, nothing to report, it was all in my head ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ‘

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lljkk · 24/02/2017 19:01

My mom-Gran-GGran only found out at the birth. "That's not a placenta, that's a foot!" etc.

KitKat1985 · 24/02/2017 20:17

Ahh well I'm relived for you CaliMommy.

calimommy · 24/02/2017 23:59

Me too โ˜บ๏ธ I'm only one woman, who already doesn't get enough sleep x

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