Could It Be Twins or a Fibroid?

Updated on February 02, 2010
A.L. asks from Saint Paul, MN
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I went in for my first OB visit yesterday and I am 8-weeks along. This is my third pregancy and my doctor was doing the internal exam and feeling the size of my uterus. She said it was a lot bigger than I should be for 8-weeks and asked how positive I was of the date of my last menstrual cycle. I told her I keep track of it on my calendar so I was 99% positive. She said she was going to listen for a heartbeat because if I was further along she would hear the heartbeat, but she didn't hear anything. She then said "It's probably twins". I gave her the look of "you must be kidding" and then she said "well, it could be fibroids" then paused and said "or it is twins" and smiled. I am scheduled for an ultrasound next Monday to see what is going on. I am curious beyond belief and having a hard time waiting. Have any of you had anything similar happen? Please share you stories.

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So What Happened?

We went in today and it is twins. They are most likey identical also. It might take me a while to let this sink in :)

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answers from Fargo on

I am am mother of 5 mo old twin girls.
Did she order a blood test? We did some fertility stuff and that's one reason I knew so in a couple weeks along. But due to the blood tests and constant internal ultrasounds they monitored me like crazy. The blood tests showed my HSG (pregnancy) hormone to be very high. They scheduled an internal ultrasound. Yep, it was twins. I'm glad I was lying down when the news came and that my hubby was sitting down. A simple blood test could get you same day's worth the call to the office!
I thought twins would be horrible and that I couldn't handle it. It's not as bad as I ever thought it would be! It's wonderful. Yes, it did take us until I was 7 mo along to accept it, and there are definetly tough days, but I wouldn't change it for the world. WE also have a 4 yr old girl.
Good luck! If it's fibroids, will it affect anything in pregnancy?

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answers from Minneapolis on

I had a very similar experience. We had two girls and decided to try for just one more. When I went for my first visit i got the whole are you sure on your date cause if you are it's a good possibility that it's twins. After the initial shock we were excited and scared all at the same time. We went in for our first ultrasound and discovered that I had a cyst which was enlarging my uterus. After our son was born i had the cyst removed and all was well. If it is twins then you are just double blessed. Good luck, let us know what happened.



answers from Bismarck on

Hello A.! Yes, been there. *smile* At my 10-week visit during my last pregnancy, my doctor heard the heart tones and everything was all good. At my 4-week checkup, though, I measured 19 1/2, so she asked if I was sure about the date of my last menstrual cycle. I assured her I was positive, so she told me she would have to schedule an ultrasound the next week just to be sure. I'm a softball player and I didn't want to give up the game since I had played during previous pregnancies, so it was kinda sad for me during that week. I had to tell my teammates that I might be carrying twins and if that were so, I would have to quit both of my teams. I would do anything for healthy babies, though, so it was worth it.

Sure enough, the ultrasound technician started the exam and asked me if twins run in my family. I told her that I am a twin, my sister has a set of twins, and a cousin has two sets of twins. If definitely runs in the family! She says, "Well you're having twins!" I cried on that table, I was so happy.

I had been waiting for twins, it seems, my whole life. With every pregnancy, I would be crossing my fingers at the ultrasound, hoping to see two little images. I finally got them, a 40th birthday present! I couldn't be happier with my two little girls who will be 2 in October. They keep me on my toes but I can't imagine life without them. I am blessed.

Congratulations on your pregnancy. I hope everything works out for you. Take care and keep us updated!



answers from Rochester on

I was given the same scare myself but I had the ultrasound the same day since I was at about 12 weeks. I had a large healthy baby boy. But I remember that initial scare! Let us know what happens and good luck!



answers from Atlanta on

I am currently 29-30 weeks and at my last dr appt, the doctor mentioned to me that she noticed my uterus was larger than normal, mind you that I am 7 months. I do not have a history of uterine fibroids. I explained to her that there have been quite a few times that I noticed something poking me inches above my navel and its wierd because I always feel the baby kicking in my lower abs most of the time. What's even more wierd is that i sometimes feel this poking while the baby is kicking. My doctor explained that more than likely the poking is the baby's feet. I didn't think that made any sense when I feel kicking and poking at the same time in different areas....... That meant that it could either be twins! I am a little nervous already however I will wait to see what my doctor discovers.



answers from Bismarck on

Twins are a possibility but I'd say you just are measuring bigger. I am also pregnant with our third baby and my uterus is measuring bigger although baby is right on with my ovulation date.

Good luck waiting though. It will be a fun opportunity to see your little one or ones. :-)



answers from Rapid City on

My daughter in law is going through the same thing right now. She is 13 weeks along and they won't do a ultrasound until she is 15 weeks at least. The doctor told her that her uterus is larger then it should be and it could possibly be twins. She has twins all through both sides of her family and her maternal grandmother had twins but her mother didn't so it would be her generation to have them. She also has cousins who are quads. I had a dream that my son had twin boys who looked just like him a couple years ago before he even started seeing his wife, so I am really excited over the idea that my dream might be coming

Good luck.



answers from Minneapolis on

Hahaha, that brings back memories. I was told the same thing but my son was only 4.5 months old so thought I just hadn't gotten back to normal size from him (he was over 10 lbs so it made sense to me)....yeah my twins are 3.5 now so there you go:) The thing is until the ultrasound no one will know for sure (unless they are able to hear a second heart beat) so there's no use getting ahead of yourself. Best of luck. K.



answers from Omaha on

This is my third pregnancy and my uterus has pretty much always measured about 4 weeks ahead of what it should be. I was never concerned with twins or fibroids cause I had an ultrasound at 6 weeks, 10, 12 and 16. Once when I went into the ER they thought for sure my dates were off and kept questioning me cause they just didn't think my uterus should be 4 weeks ahead! LOL! I told them nope no twins and my dates are right. They had to check for themselves.

So maybe you are just like me and your uterus is more efficent and it's one baby and no fibroids. Regradless congrats one or two would be great!!



answers from Milwaukee on

congradulations it sounds like you are pregnant. I just thought I would give you some information about fibroids.
Fibroids are benign growths of muscle and connective tissue that grow until you reach menopause. Then they slowly and gradually shrink to a negligible size, at which time they will become small and calcified. Less than 1% of fibroids are cancer, a leiomyosarcoma.
The first rapid growth spurt is in the late thirties to early forties. Then you have a few years of slower growth. Right before you go through menopause, when you have the hormone changes associated with the beginning of menopause, you have the second and last rapid growth spurt. Then the fibroids slowly and gradually shrink to a negligible size.
Fibroids are not a disease, they are your genetic blueprint. If you can live with the symptoms it would probably be better than unnecessary intervention of any kind. If you cannot live with the symptoms a myomectomy, the surgical removal of fibroids leaving the uterus intact, is a reasonable option.
The only constructive treatment for fibroids is myomectomy, but only if you're in the hands of a skilled gynecologist who has consistently good outcomes.



answers from Minneapolis on

That is cruel! I couldn't imagine thinking that it might be twins and then having to wait a week. Good luck and let us know what the out come is.

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