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How early can an ultrasound detect multiples? Thirteen and Boo 1 child; California 6087 posts
16th Sep '12

My coworker is having twins, and we both swear that she is much further along than she's been told.



She had an ultrasound at 4ish weeks, and they told her she was having fraternal twins, but for some reason I thought you usually couldn't detect that until 8 weeks or so?



She thinks, based off of her body (she has irregular periods) and how she felt at the time, that she's a month ahead of what the doctor is saying.

tooodles 240 kids; Thailand 5075 posts
16th Sep '12

Unlikely. They measure the sac etc during the scans and usually thats more accurate than going by your lmp. Why does she think shes further along?

Ecstasy 18 kids; Cuba 7748 posts
16th Sep '12

I went in at 3 weeks pregnant & they couldn't see anything via ultrasound apart from a thickened uterine lining... I'm not sure if they could see anything at 4 weeks, i was told they wouldn't be able to see anything until at least 5w.



I went back at 6 weeks i think & they could see the sack/foetal pole or something.



That was via vaginal u/s & only with one baby, not multiples.



ETA:
I was 7w6d when they saw something, i was told not to come back before 5 weeks because they wouldn't be able to see anything. (just had to check my BG page for details haha)

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56007 posts
16th Sep '12

I'm pretty sure that you can see twins at any point in gestation



And a US is way more accurate than LMP

Gir! 2 kids; Ohio 7504 posts
16th Sep '12

I also thought you had to be 5+ weeks to see an embryo. They are still pretty damn tiny then

Ecstasy 18 kids; Cuba 7748 posts
16th Sep '12
Quoting Gir!:" I also thought you had to be 5+ weeks to see an embryo. They are still pretty damn tiny then"


:!: This

Liam's Mama 1 child; North Carolina 5474 posts
16th Sep '12

Early ultrasounds are the best detection of EDDs.

Butterbean3727 TTC since Mar 2013; 20 kids; Ohio 603 posts
16th Sep '12

I was 6-8 weeks when they found my triplets. This was 14 yrs ago though.

Leona Bastow Due October 23 (twins); Texas 11 posts
16th Sep '12

My sister just found out she was pregnant, went to the ER last Wednesday because she was bleeding. Found out that she is approximately 4-5 weeks along and that she was definately having twins, possibley triplets. The ultrasound tech couldn't get a good angle on the "third" sac, but there were definately two distinct sacs.

Katie Jepson Due January 19 (boy); 3 kids; Early, Iowa 632 posts
16th Sep '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Leona Bastow:</b>" My sister just found out she was pregnant, went to the ER last Wednesday because she was bleeding. Found ... [snip!] ... triplets. The ultrasound tech couldn't get a good angle on the "third" sac, but there were definately two distinct sacs."</blockquote>




How exciting! You and your sister are both having twins! That's so neat.

Alice Carrington 2 kids; Blackburn, United Kingdom 142 posts
16th Sep '12

i had an ultrasound at 6 weeks 6 days & theres a pic on my profile to show how tiny he was then.

Leona Bastow Due October 23 (twins); Texas 11 posts
16th Sep '12
Quoting Katie Jepson:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Leona Bastow:</b>" My sister just found out she was pregnant, ... [snip!] ... definately two distinct sacs."</blockquote> How exciting! You and your sister are both having twins! That's so neat."


It was definately a surprise!! We knew that twins ran in the family, but this is crazy! Our great Aunts are twins, and we have cousins that are twins. Our Mom said we're making her feel old, because we are giving her so many grandbabies, lol. My sister's new additions will give our Mom 9 grandbabies.

Kirsten Lothridge Due February 10; 32 kids; Jonesborough, Tennessee 31 posts
16th Sep '12

This was a 5wk 6 day ultrasound (if I remember correctly).. you can plainly see the twins!

Kirsten Lothridge Due February 10; 32 kids; Jonesborough, Tennessee 31 posts
16th Sep '12
Quoting Kirsten Lothridge:" This was a 5wk 6 day ultrasound (if I remember correctly).. you can plainly see the twins!"
Kirsten Lothridge Due February 10; 32 kids; Jonesborough, Tennessee 31 posts
16th Sep '12
Quoting Kirsten Lothridge:" This was a 5wk 6 day ultrasound (if I remember correctly).. you can plainly see the twins!"


I tried posting an U/S pic of when they found my twins but it wouldnt let me