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Am I Having Twins or Triplets Quiz ?
Assess your chances of having twins. It happens to nearly every woman during her pregnancy. Some sign or indication causes her to pause and ponder. "Could it be twins? Or MORE?" Perhaps you have some reason to believe you're having twins or triplets. such as enhanced symptoms. a family history. or fertility treatment. Or maybe you just have a sneaking suspicion that something is different. Either way. this quiz will help you assess your chances.

This quiz is designed to have fun and give you a look at some of the "risk" factors that we look for when it comes to twin or multiple birth. It in no way replaces good medical care from your doctor or midwife. But it can help you think in terms of the likelihood that you're having (possibly) more than one baby. It's also important to note that you can have zero risk factors and still be pregnant with twins. Listen to your body and get the care you need!

Q1: Are you a twin or a multiple?
Yes I am an identical twin.
Yes I am a fraternal twin.
Yes I am a triplet or other higher order multiple.
No I am not a twin or a multiple.
Note: only fraternal twins (non-identical/dizygotic) are influenced by heredity. and then only in some cases. If your mother or maternal grandmother was or had fraternal twins. you might have inherited a gene for hyperovulation. increasing your chances of conceiving twins also.

Q2: Do you have a history of twins or multiples in your family?

Yes. one or more of my mother's relatives are fraternal twins.
Yes. one or more of my father's relatives are fraternal twins.
Yes. I am related to identical twins.
No. I do not have any twins or multiples in my family.
See above answer

Q3: Have you already had a multiple pregnancy ?

Yes
No

Once you have had a multiple pregnancy. you are significantly more likely to conceive -- and deliver -- twins again! (fraternal) Some estimates suggest that mothers of twins are four times more likely to have twins again than a woman who has never been pregnant. or who only had a singleton.

Q4: How old are you?
Under 25.
Between 25 and 30.
Between 30 and 35.
Over 35.

Note: Older mothers are more likely to conceive twins than their younger counterparts. It's thought that the body accelerates ovulation as the biological clock starts ticking faster. Twinning rates for mothers over 35 increase significantly and if you are over 45 then your chances rise dramatically.

Q5: How many previous pregnancies have you had?

None.
One.
Two to Four.
More than Four.

Note: The more kids you have. the more likely you are to conceive twins in a subsequent pregnancy. No one knows the magic limit that triggers a multiple pregnancy. so you'll just have to keep trying until it happens.

Q6: Were you breastfeeding when you got pregnant ?
Yes
No

Note: Some research has supported the theory that the chance of twins or multiples is increased if a woman conceives while breastfeeding.

Q7: Have you received treatment for infertility?

Yes. drugs like Clomid or Metrodin.
Yes. an ART procedure such as IVF. GIFT or ZIFT.
No. I got pregnant without assistance.

Note: On average. 20 to 25 percent of women taking fertility drugs will become pregnant with twins and the chances are about the same if you get pregnant through IVF. because several embryos will be inserted into your womb to increase the odds that you'll conceive. Other fertility techniques such as GIFT (gamete intrafallopian transfer) and ZIFT (zygote intrafallopian transfer) are also more likely to result in multiple-baby pregnancies.

Q8: Rate your experience with morning sickness in your current pregnancy.
Little to none.
Moderate.
Extreme.

Note: About 50% of pregnant women experience some amount of vomiting or nausea associated with their pregnancy. Moms of multiples certainly aren't exempt. but neither are they doomed to a double dose. Enhanced morning sickness symptoms can be an indicator of a multiple pregnancy but experiences vary widely -- some do. some don't.

Q9: Assess your level of energy during your current pregnancy.

Extreme exhaustion. can't stay awake.
Feeling somewhat tired. taking more naps than usual.
About the same as pre-pregnancy.
Increased energy and stamina. I feel great!

Note: This is the most commonly reported complaint during pregnancy with multiples. Sleepiness. lethargy and exhaustion during the first trimester can be enhanced because the body is working overtime to nurture more than one baby. In some cases. the fatigue can be attributed to other factors (work. stress. poor nutrition. having other children). but it can also be an indication of multiples.

Q10: Have you taken an AFP (Alphafetoprotein) test?

Yes. the results were normal.
Yes. the results were high.
Yes. the results were low.
No. I have not taken this test. or I do not know the results.

Note: AFP (Alphafetoprotein) screening is a blood test performed on pregnant mothers during the second trimester used to identify increased risks of certain birth defects. A twin pregnancy can produce an usually high -- or "positive - result.

Q11: How much weight have you gained during this pregnancy?
Not much. I'm careful about what I eat and have been exercising.
Some. I'm right on track according to my doctor.
Quite a bit. I can't believe how fast I outgrew my clothes!

Note: Just as a multiple pregnancy may cause a mother to measure large. it may also result in an increased weight gain. How much weight a woman gains can vary depending on her height. body type and how much she weighed pre-pregnancy. Increased or rapid weight gain more than likely reflects eating choices rather than twins; generally. mothers of twins only gain about 10 lbs. more than singleton mothers.

Q12: How early and how often do you feel your baby(ies) move?
I could feel movement in the first trimester.
I haven't felt any movement.
I started to feel something in the second trimester.

Note: Feeling a baby -- or babies -- move inside the womb is one of the most thrilling aspects of pregnancy. Although many mums of multiples do experience more frequent or earlier fetal movement. there is considerable disagreement among medical professionals on the subject. For some women. recognizable feelings of movement occur earlier in subsequent pregnancies. whether there is one baby or more.

Q13: I am measuring:
Bigger than I should.
Smaller than I should
Just right

Note: Throughout the pregnancy. the doctor or midwife may measure the height of the uterine fundus (from the top of the pubic bone to the top of the uterus) as a way of indicating gestational age. A twin or multiple pregnancy may cause the mother's uterus to expand beyond the range of a single pregnancy. However. other factors may also increase the measurements

Q14: Have you had any of the following?
Dreams about having multiples.
People telling me I might have multiples.
A weird feeling that there's more than one.
All of the above plus other suspicious signs.

Note: While the other items in this list refer to some kind of visible evidence -- exaggerated symptoms. abnormal test results. etc. -- we can't disregard the power of a mother's intuition. A family history of multiples. or a powerful hunch can be convincing indicators.

Q15: have you had an ultrasound.
Yes. after six weeks gestation.
Yes. after twelve weeks gestation.
No. I have not had an ultrasound.

Seeing is believing... the only way to indisputably confirm a twin or multiple pregnancy is to see it -- via ultrasound. An ultrasound image can indicate without a doubt if there is more than one fetus. Ultimately. no matter what other signs or symptoms you have. the only way you'll know for sure is to have an ultrasound. In recent years. enhanced use of ultrasound early in pregnancy has increased the frequency of diagnosis of twin pregnancy. and unfortunately. has produced a heightened awareness of the phenomenon of Vanishing Twin Syndrome (VTS). VTS is when one of a set of twin fetuses apparently disappears from the womb during pregnancy. usually resulting in a normal singleton pregnancy.

Well. are you having twins ? The questions are based around the common indicators of a multiple pregnancy and the notes below help as a guide for you to assess whether or not you may be expecting more than one. If you suspect you are having twins then talk to your doctor to have it confirmed.

For more information, you may be interested in our twins tips on the Signs & Symptoms of a Twin Pregnancy


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