Hidden twins - missing twins on early ultrasound

Sariah - posted on 09/15/2010 ( 73 moms have responded )

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I have a gut feeling that I am pregnant with twins and my husband shares this same feeling. We had our first us today. Exactly 8 weeks but they only saw one baby one hb. Is it possible that there is another baby hiding behind the first. I am perfectly happy with just one because we are very low income and everything but i just feel like they missed something. How far along were you when they found twins on the u/s and did they miss it the first time?

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Amy - posted on 11/22/2013

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Hi i am 27 weeks and i have had dreams and have had feelings that im having twins, i am also a twin myself. My dr has only seen one baby but i am measuring 3 weeks ahead and i started gaining my belly before the pregnancy test would show that i was pregnant. Everyone keeps telling me i look like im having twins. Is there a chance the other on is in my back and the one baby they do see is just so far up they cant see the one is the back?

Ann - posted on 06/03/2012

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I had two ultrasounds that only showed one baby...at 4 weeks and at 9 weeks. Went back for another ultrasound at 23 weeks and...surprise!.... Twins! So yes, its totally possible!

Adina - posted on 08/20/2013

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I'm at about 27 weeks and I have a very similar situation!! Before I went to see my OBGYN, I was sure it was twins, but he only found and thinks it's one. I'm already looking like 9 mo (I'm HUGE), my mom and grandma keep asking if it's twins. I also got pregnant about two weeks after a miscarriage, before I got my period. It's driving me crazy not knowing for sure. Did you end up having twins??

Maria - posted on 09/07/2012

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Hi I'm 11 weeks 5 days pregnant and since I was 5 weeks I've had a strong feeling that i have twins but an ultrasound at 5 weeks 5 days only showed one till sac and one baby but even my todlers say its two and I didn't even tell them my husband says I'm crazy but my moms mom is an identical twin and my aunt had twins and I stoped fitting into my jeans at 6 weeks and at days I have the worst nausia and I have to sleep atleast an hour every day or I feel ran out all day so what do you guys think I have mi next ultrasound at 13 weeks I just can't wait nobody in my familly thinks I'm having twins except my mom who just made a joke out of it I hope they are oh and also I got pregnant like 2 weeks after a misscarriege I didn't even have a period in between and my tests were possitive and had symptoms really early on like at 3 weeks

Tina - posted on 09/13/2012

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I had a feeling that I was having twins from the very beginning, my morning sickness was awful the entire first trimester and I was gaining so much weight so quickly (all in my belly) even though I could hardly eat and was really relying on prenatal vitamins to provide the nutrition that I couldn't take in myself. I had an ultrasound at 6 weeks and there was one heartbeat and one baby. I went to the doctor every 4 weeks following and they always only heard one heartbeat and never even mentioned that there could be twins. When I went in for an ultrasound at 18 weeks to determine the gender I was shocked (and excited) to find out that there were twins in there. When I asked about it the ultrasound technician said that a lot of times that once one heartbeat or baby is spotted that they don't really look/listen for a second unless they suspect there might be a second. I am low income as well, and I wish you luck with your pregnancy (twins or singleton) :-)

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Erica - posted on 02/25/2014

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I've having the same problem I was told from the hospital when they did my first internal ultrasound I was at 6 weeks there was twins with very good heartbeats and were healthy now at 10 weeks all the tech saw is one but I never felt like anything was wrong im wondering if maybe the one has moved both ultrasounds were internal they said they couldnt see anything with a belly one

Brenna - posted on 11/02/2013

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Found out at 12 weeks, and was completely not expecting it... I actually argued with the tech about having dual screens up. Fun memories :)

Nicole - posted on 10/27/2013

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I was 8 weeks and 4 days and did NOT think I was pregnant with twins. However, when he did the scan sure enough, there was definitely two babies and two very distinct heart beats.

Johna - posted on 10/22/2013

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I'm only 6 weeks and don't have my first ultrasound until 9 weeks and 3 days. My Husband and I believe I am pregnant with twins, especial since my stomach has shelled and I look like 5 months+ pregnant. I was a bit overweight do to steroid treatment for herniated discs, neck and back pain, but don't know if that is why I am so big. I've been pregnant 6 previous times and we have 4 living children. Just don't know but we will be happy whether it's 2 babies or 1.

Jackie - posted on 01/21/2013

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I'm new I had an ivf done on Dec 20 n I went to er room for some bleeding they did ultrasound n it showed I was 7 weeks but Dr SD not possible that I had the ivf done that it measured to 2 babies but only heard one hearr beat n one sac can it be 2????

Alicia - posted on 05/30/2012

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My 13 week US only showed one baby, not till my 20 week did we find out there was a "wombmate" in there. Very shocking to say the least.

Kate - posted on 05/30/2012

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My Aunty had problems conceiving and went through IVF to fall preggers... at her first US (this was 22 yrs ago) the sonographer gushed and pointed to the "three embryos"
They oohed and aahhed (and freaked out!! LOL) and then he brought in someone else to check it out - turns out he was just reading it wrong, lol.
You can never be sure of anything till they are out and screaming in your arms :)
Best of luck!!

Whitney - posted on 05/25/2012

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I didn't have an 8 week us bc my doc didn't think she'd see much. The next month I was in the hospital with thyroid disease. Doctors always got two diff heart rates but didn't thinnk about it due to mine being 170. I didn't find out till 12 weeks pregnant that I was having twins. :D

JENN - posted on 05/25/2012

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I was 8 weeks when I found out. My clothes were getting tight fitting even then.

LaKrysia - posted on 05/21/2012

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I realized i was pregnant right at implantation. I felt like I was pregnant but kept getting false negatives. I waited about 2 weeks later and used a urine test and immediately the positive sign showed. I was admitted to the hospital for a threatened miscarriage when they found one sac with two fetal poles but could only see one heartbeat. They couldn't find either on the regullar abdominal fetal heart monitor. Each fetal pole had its own measurement (one 4.1 the other 5.8). We have had 3 US within days of eachother but my DR. is saying that there was only ever one fetus. We can't believe that when US said otherwise.
Sometimes doctors miss things. We had a friend recently (in last month, new technology my butt) tell us that he found his twins at 20 weeks cause the doctors kept missing them and his girl felt like she was having twins. We as women know our bodies and we know our family history. I was told with my 4th to abort because she would have spina bifida but today she a healthy baby girl. My mate and I believe that there are stilll twins in there because there has been no sign of miscarriage and all my symptoms came on much earlier then my other 5.
Remain hopeful but also deal with the reality so if doesn't happen you won't take it so hard. Trust that voice cause all things are possible. Good luck and I Thank everyone for sharing your positive feedback and encouraging words. Although this isn't my post you have given me something to think about.

Cecilia - posted on 05/14/2012

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My Doctor did an ultrasound at 7 weeks and we could see both babies.

Kyra - posted on 05/10/2012

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I am 12 weeks pregnant with twins...before I even had a us my stomach seemed as if it was getting bigger and bigger by the day...looking at the ultrasound one of my twins are way smaller than the other one but they tell me that they only see one heart beat...yet alone I feel so much movement in my belly...right now I don't know what to think but im thinking about going to see another doctor...

Cassilynn - posted on 04/23/2012

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I'm still nervous at 17 weeks that it's twins. When I went in for my ultrasound at 8 weeks the nurse said she saw two at first and it definitely looked like two on the screen. She looked around some more and said it was probably a reflection. Has anyone else had reflections on an ultrasound? I swear it was the scariest moment of my life. Lol. But when they checked the heartbeat it only sounded like one. Is this a good enough indication that it"s only one? Little things like feeling STRONG movements early on and being on the pill when I got pregnant is what makes me so concerned. Hopefully my next ultrasound in a couple of weeks will assure me.

Trixie - posted on 03/03/2012

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I had a scan at 7 weeks and there was only 1 baby but I knew there was 2 in there, my parents and husband shared my feelings. The doctor did say though that he would of liked to see more for a 7 weeks. At 14 weeks 2 showed up straight away and they were identical. One was hiding behind the other up until then. They are now 2 and half years old and extremely close. Where every 1 is the other will be and do not like being apart. Everything is done together, I have there cots next to each other becuase they like touching the other twin.

Tara - posted on 01/25/2012

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they said thy sont now lol..i hope soon cause the orange thing is what they told me our baby was ..n like i said we just seen the one with the black arrow..im trying to upload another pic but its not going through:(

Ianina - posted on 01/25/2012

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Yes, the black arrow is def a baby, not sure about the orange tho. When is your second sonogram?

Tara - posted on 01/25/2012

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they thought they saw 2 heartbeats on the belly ultrasound, and when they did the vaginal one its was hard to even find a baby...so they gave me a pic of the ultrasound and showed me what was the baby..but today i showed my mother in law the pic and she found a baby..totally differen then what the doc ofice showed me..u got a fb or a email i can send u the pic to see what u think..thank u

Ianina - posted on 01/25/2012

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I was 5 weeks pregnant when I had my first US and they made me come back 4 weeks later to double check the twins.

They saw 2 sacks in the first sonogram but one was more developed than the other one and that is why they made me come back.

At 9 weeks we saw 2 sacks and 2 heart beats.

Tara - posted on 01/24/2012

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ok im new at this...im not sure how i post my question..but i had a ultrasound today and they thought they saw 2 flickers(heartbeats) so they switched to a vaginal ultrasound and still couldnt rule it out if it was twins or not...Anyone have this happen to them too?

Christiana - posted on 01/13/2012

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I was 6 weeks along when I had my first ultrasound, because of a previous miscarriage. The tech couldn't see things completely so she did a prob and found both heart beats.

Lauren - posted on 01/06/2012

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I went for my first ultrasound yesterday but I was told only one can be seen and once she found the baby she stuck to the left hand side and didn't bother checking the right side but when I came in later to pick up the film in the letter they said they could see two sacks but one of them is empty, but they told me that I should wait until I'm atleast 20 weeks to see, but what made ne so confused was that I was told multiple times that I'm 15-16 weeks pregnant but during the ultrasound I was only told the size of the fetus is only 10 weeks so I'm questioning on whether or not it started out as twins but I lost one and it has continued to grow as if it's a twin.

Ianina - posted on 11/19/2010

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I was 5 weeks when they saw 2 sacs and confirmed at 9 weeks when we saw 2 babies :)
Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 11/17/2010

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Sariah, Thank you so very much for asking this question. I joined this community because I have thought that there may be 2 and not 1 growing. My cousin's wife had twins 5 months ago and was able to confirm everything that I have been feeling. Right down to the VERY large belly and double movements that are not from 1 baby. I had an u/s at 19w 4d and they only want to look for 1 even through my concerns. They just keep telling me that the baby is doing acrobats....ok. So I am headed with a friend to a midwife that I hope will be able to give me some answers.

Lisa - posted on 11/16/2010

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I was 10w 3d when I found out we were having twins. It is possible for one to hide behind the other but at 8 weeks, they should have been able to clearly see another baby.

Good luck!

Naomi - posted on 11/06/2010

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we found out we were having twins at 16 week us. Had first us at 12 weeks, but doctor said there was only one baby although I had a gut feeling I was having twins because all the symptoms seem to be twice as heavy (I have a 4 year old girl and 2 year old twin boys) and I looked about 4,5 months pregnant instead of 3. I did see a lot of movement on the 12 week us and asked if it wasn't twins but they said no. so the doctor could also be missing something because 2 weeks later there where definitely 2.

Jaye-Charisma - posted on 10/17/2010

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I had an ultrasound to confirm pregnancy - one baby, then an ultrasound at 19 wks - one baby, then 2 days later mono mono twins - turns out the techs saw one and didn't look for anything else it was only because the last tech heard an extra heartbeat

Jannine - posted on 09/27/2010

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i had a 12 week scan and was only 1 but at 20 weeks i found out it was twins. stacy lay on my spine but we also found out stacy was concived 2 weeks after rebecca. but i had a feeling at around 13/14 weeks for i started to show and when i lay down i had head buts and bum poking out at the same time so i new i was having twins before they told me

Michelle - posted on 09/26/2010

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I founf out I was having twins at 3 weeks.. Fraternals are easier to see there is 2 of.. goodluck And I Hope its twins! Its soo much fun and amazing!!! xxx

Celeste - posted on 09/24/2010

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When I had my 12 week us she found just the one, but she didnt look very hard if you ask me. i didnt find out until i went to find out the sex and they told me : two girls!

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Actually they told me at only 6 wks.....I knew that I must have the flu....that is what I always say....but I was only 4 to 5 weeks pregnant when I found out I was pregnant and tested pos for pregnancy....didnt put two and two together....it was all the extra hormones....I had a really bad miscarriage about 6 months prior to that so when I went in for my first appt they did a sono and the doctor saw two hearts beating....well the rest is history now they will be 8 in Jan....good luck to you ....weather it is one or two....as long as you have a healthy baby is what counts!

Christiana - posted on 09/23/2010

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I had my us at 6 weeks. The tech did a regular us and she said that she could see enough. Then she changed to the probe and she said that's what I thought. There is one heart beat and there is the other. I thought my husband was going to climb over the top of her to make sure she wasn't joking.

Rachel - posted on 09/23/2010

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I went to have our first ultrasound and they told ME I was only having one baby boy. Then I went to a better ultrasound place and they saw two heads instantly.

Kathy - posted on 09/23/2010

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Hi Sariah, I had my first US at 8 weeks to rule out twins and was told by the doctor, I wasn't pregnant with twins. At 16 weeks I had some spotting and went to the clinic to, where there was also only 1 baby. When I went for my big US at 20 weeks, I was told that I was having identical twins - 1 placenta, 2 sacks. Ask for an independant scan - they cost abit but they are very thorough. All the best. My girls are 4 now :)

KERI - posted on 09/22/2010

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They saw both of ours at every scan from the first at 8 weeks...it just depends i suppose :)

Amanda - posted on 09/22/2010

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I had my first ultrasound at 13 weeks and both of my twins were found. They can be missed so early sometimes, so you might find out at the next ultrasound that is really is twins.

BOBBIE JO - posted on 09/22/2010

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i was about 8 weeks pregnant doing a routine ultrasound for kidney stones when thry discovered a second heartbeat.

Jessica - posted on 09/22/2010

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They only saw one the first time at 5 weeks, but did another at 7. At the second, at first you could only see one, but she turned the probe and another popped up from behind the first. I also had very high progesterone levels for so early in the pregnancy, which can apparently indicate twins better than HcG levels.

Alexandra - posted on 09/22/2010

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i got my first ultrasound done at about 8 weeks and they showed up almost immediately. it could have been because they were in seperate sacks. if u really feel like its twins talk to your doctor at your next ultrasound. by then it shouldnt be a problem knowing if there is one or two.

Wendy - posted on 09/21/2010

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Hi Sariah, they missed it at my first two appointments! I was around 14 weeks when I found out there was two.

Marie - posted on 09/21/2010

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i found out at 11 weeks i was having twins, before i went i had the feeling my baby had either 'died' or i was having twins...and boy was i right!

Jodi - posted on 09/21/2010

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I knew right away I was having twins...I can't explain it, I just KNEW. There is not a single set of twins or any other multiples on either side of my family OR my husband's family, everyone said I was just delusional and paranoid. My midwife assured me there was only one heartbeat, my hcg levels were high, but said some women just had high levels, my uterus was measuring 4 weeks larger than it should have, she told me that my last period that I "claimed" was just spotting and not an actual period. I was extra sick and tired because not every pregnancy is the same. At my 15 weeks us, sure as sh*t, there were 2 babies! I walked into her office and said, "I told you there were two!!!" Sometimes, a woman just knows. I would request an extra thurough us exam and to know the results of my tests asap, I knew the same day with my hospital, it shouldn't take them weeks to get the results of an hcg test! Best of luck either way!

Anna - posted on 09/21/2010

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Mine were identified at 7 weeks. They were fraternal, and like many of the other women have stated, it was quite obvious.

Karen - posted on 09/21/2010

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at that early stage it would be hard for one to 'hide' but it does sometimes happen that a heart beat is missed. I was 9 weeks when I found out it was twins, my levels were quite high and my normal doctor decided to send me for an ultrasound - don't normally have them here until 18 weeks - as he had a feeling it was twins. As soon as she turned on the wand you could see both heart beats strongly beating away.

I already had other children and right from the start the twin pregnancy felt different, I was sicker, more tired, more emotional etc.

Good Luck either way.

Katie - posted on 09/21/2010

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we found out we were expecting when I was already 3 months and found out it was twins a few days later.

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