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Could it be twins?

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Whether you would consider it good news or something that's totally stressful, almost every pregnant woman wonders, "Is it twins?" So how will you know if you're carrying twins or higher-order multiples?

Well, many expectant parents -- assuming they didn't have fertility treatments -- learn at an ultrasound exam, usually at or before 20 weeks. (Women who have had treatments such as IVF will be monitored closely by their physician to see if the pregnancy "took," and so would be in the know a little sooner.)

Don't forget -- if this is your second (or more) pregnancy you will likely feel and look "bigger" as the weeks go by than you did during your first pregnancy. Your body has been through this before and your muscles and ligaments give more easily, giving you a larger appearance.

So what are some possible indicators that you may be carrying more than one bun in your oven? Click here to find out!


After cesarean

Was your first baby born via c-section? If so, you may be considering a VBAC, or a vaginal birth after cesarean.

"Once a cesarean, always a cesarean," doctors used to say. Today this rule no longer stands; VBAC is often the childbirth method of choice the next time around. Diana Korte, author of The VBAC Companion: The Expectant Mother's Guide to Vaginal Birth After Cesarean offers some tips about how find the help you need to help you get the birth you want -- get them here.


You're not alone! Meet other expectant mamas on the Pregnancy & Baby message boards now!


Does your partner feel pregnant?

Guys can't get pregnant -- right? While that's true, sometimes they might feel pregnant. Strange as it may seem, some fathers-to-be experience pregnancy symptoms like nausea, indigestion, appetite changes, weight gain, constipation, headaches and those crazy mood swings.

Called couvade or couvade syndrome (from the French word couver, meaning "to hatch"), these are essentially "sympathetic pregnancy" symptoms that can seem very real. Some studies suggest that about 20 percent of expectant fathers experience some degree of couvade -- and other researchers report an even higher percentage. Click here to read more about this fascinating subject.


Worry worry

You may be worrying that you might miscarry. Such thoughts will probably plague you throughout pregnancy. This is a very common concern, although most experts believe there is little a healthy pregnant woman can do to prevent a miscarriage. Knowing that you are eating well and taking care of your body is a great ways to deal with the powerlessness and anxiety you may feel... though these concerns probably won't evaporate until the baby arrives, safe and sound.

To get more general information on miscarriage and pregnancy loss, click here. But if you notice bleeding or cramping and are concerned that you might be losing the pregnancy, don't panic, but contact your caregiver immediately.

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