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I'm showing like I'm carrying twins
Q: I'm in my third month of pregnancy, and I'm showing like I'm five months along. Is this normal for a third pregnancy or could I be having twins (twins runs in my family)?
A: Dear Amy,

Do you remember the first time you were pregnant and everyone commented on how small you looked in the seventh, eighth and ninth months? Well, those days are a fond memory now. You have carried babies twice before and your abdominal muscles have been stretched twice. Think of your abdominal muscles like a girdle, except this one has been used several times and doesn't hold you in quite as well. Enjoy your pregnancy and let everyone know you are pregnant. And smile politely when they ask if you are having twins.

As for your concern about twins, it's very easy to determine if you're carrying more than one baby Ask your doctor if you are growing properly; listen for two heartbeats; or have an obstetrical ultrasound.
Craig L. Bissinger M.D.