Could It Be Twins?

QUESTION

Hi Midwife,
I am currently 17 weeks pregnant with my third baby and everyone keeps telling me that I look like I'm having twins cause of the size of my belly.

Could it be twins or am I just bigger cause it is my third pregnancy? I don't have any twins on my side that I know of and my other two pregnancies were single. My sister has had 3 babies and all were single. My fiancé and this baby's dad has identical twin sisters.

My doctor hasn't said anything about whether I'm measuring big. I'm going to as new doctor on Tuesday and I'm getting another ultrasound.

ANSWER

It sounds like you have already had an ultrasound and that it didn't say you were having twins, so it is very unlikely that you are.

I think your own suggestion is right, this is "third baby" weight.
~Cynthia

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.