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When Do You Start Showing with Twins?

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We’ve all heard stories of women who made it almost all the way through their pregnancy without realising it, only to find out in a shocking moment that they’re going to be a mom! But with twins? This aint gonna happen!

Not only do twins normally show earlier, but they’re going to make themselves known all the way through your pregnancy! So, when do you start showing with twins?When Do You Start Showing with Twins

When Does Pregnancy Start to Show With Twins?

Every pregnancy is different for every single mom. It’s so strange that something pretty much all of us are going to go through, and some of us are going to go through three or four times, is still so vague, but that’s the wonder and majesty of mother nature.

I suppose she just wants to keep us guessing!

One thing that is certain is that twins will make themselves known a whole lot sooner than would be normal in a pregnancy.

In fact, this is one of the biggest signs that you might be having twins. Being far bigger and seeming to be further along that you really are.

It’s one of the things that makes moms to be realise they might actually be carrying a pair of little twinnies, whether it’s just a personal feeling or a friend or family member making a comment about how big they are.

Now, like we just said, every woman is different, but we’ve heard stories of women who started showing as early as 6 weeks in!


Obviously this isn’t every person’s experience, but considering that most single pregnancies only start to show at around the 12th to 16th week, you can understand how incredible this is, and how different a twin pregnancy is to a singleton.

This happens because your body knows that it’s pregnant with twins, and it’s already started to make the necessary accommodations to hold twin embryos.

Your uterus is going to be stretching far more than it would with a standard pregnancy, and this can sometimes cause uterine cramps that can be far more severe than normal. So if you’re experiencing a lot of uterine cramping, especially early on in your pregnancy, that could be a sign of twins!

There’s no standard time to start showing with twins, but it’s almost always going to be earlier than it would if you were only carrying one child, so just bear that in mind.

It’s actually pretty normal for women carrying twins to seem a few months further along than they actually are, especially later on in their pregnancy.

You’re also likely to show earlier if you’ve been pregnant before, because the uterus and other muscles around your pelvis that have to stretch and change during your pregnancy will be more used to what’s happening, so it takes less time for them to adapt.

You’ve also got to consider that the hormone differences that happen as you go through your pregnancy happen in far greater concentrations when you’re pregnant, and one of the symptoms of this is increased weight gain and water retention.

Now, I’m not here to say that you’re going to balloon up because you’re carrying twins. Only that it’s likely.

Sorry girls, but the dream of being a yummy mommy are gonna have to be put on hold whilst you’re carrying your twins. It’s just not going to happen, with everything that’s going on.

On the upside, there’s multiple ways to deal with this, and luckily for you, we’ve got an article on just this matter, so if you’re interested in regaining your belly after you have your little treasures, and you want to do what you can to avoid the threat of twin skin, you should check out this article.

When Do You Start Showing with Twins: Wrapping Up

Like we’ve said all along, every pregnancy is different. But because you’ve been blessed with twins, you’re going to have to face the sort of thing most moms pregnant with twins do.

On the upside, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Twinstuff, we’ve got all the resources you need for any situation you’re going to face during your pregnancy, and for years after.

When did you start showing? How did that affect your life, and how did you deal with it? If you’ve got any tips for newly pregnant women who have twins, be sure to let us know in the comments!


  1. Hello I get my first ultrasound this Friday. I have been showing since I hit 7 weeks an I’m 7 weeks 5 days right now. Everyone keeps rubbing my tummy and saying “aww the baby” didn’t think it was possible to show his early especially because it’s my first time being pregnant. But I’ve started wondering if maybe I could be carrying twins? Obviously the only way to know for sure is ultrasound. But was wondering if any of you had any input on my current situation

  2. I am finishing my 9th month and this is my very first pregnancy. I am definitely showing a tiny bump already and it can be frustrating to hear other moms say ‘wow I didn’t even show until my sixth month’. Never compare yourself or take it personal when others compare themselves to you. Every woman is different.

  3. I’m 6 weeks and 1 day, But! I look more like 10 weeks. I’ve had lots of cramping and almost like flutters from one side to another when I lay on my back (maybe it’s gas ) I also haven’t had an ultrasound so I could be further along. This is my second pregnancy and twins do run on my mothers side of the family on her mother’s at that! I’m scared but I would be excited my husband is overwhelmed with the thought of 2 in one lol

  4. I am 5 weeks and according to my dr. I might be expecting Twins.
    I can see a bump and I feel like a walking balloon.
    Cant fit in any of my pants.
    I was pregnant before and I started showing at week 12.
    I am kind of worried.
    Its this normal. Week 5 and looking like week 12.

  5. I’m 7 weeks and 5 days. I’m pregnant with identical twins. I think I’m showing a tiny bit, but you can’t tell with clothes on. I’m 5’2’’ 120lbs. I’m guessing I’ll start to show more and more these next few weeks. I’m nervous.

  6. Im only about 6 weeks in just found out im having twins I’m fat so im not showing yet but I really can’t wait to get it over with I’m always so sick in find myself in the ER alot cause I’m a big baby in I hate pain but I’m happy scared sad all at the same time but so ready to be a mom

      • Fraternal twins, that is two eggs fertilized by two different sperm run in the family. That is because a woman’s ability to release more than one egg at the same time party is influenced by genetics. However, identical twins are one egg fertilized by one sperm which splits into two embryos- its pure chance. So short answer- if it’s fraternal twins then it runs in your family and not your partners.

  7. I’m 7w6d with twins (not identical each has its own sac). We did IVF and this was a fresh transfer so my ovaries were larger and I already extra extra fluid. My pants were uncomfortable by middle of week 5. My belly started to push out in week 6. It’s getting firmer and bigger, but not a nice round bump or anything yet. I’m 5’ so I always knew I’d show quickly. Disappointed I won’t get that cute basketball bump, but it’ll be worth it! I haven’t experienced much nausea, but I’ve been hungry and tired. I’m chubby, but so far have not gained a single lb even during hormones. My ob wants me to gain around 30lb, but I’m hoping for 20.

  8. This will be my 3rd pregnancy and I would have never thought of twins..I’m only 7wks n looking 12 wk then I went to the ER for my umbelicual hernia I have n ended up getting an ultrasound they didn’t tell me nothing or say much during the ultraSound no funny looks it smerks so I figured nothing bad so I went home that night got a letter in the mail next day n it’s said adominal pain and ventral hernia twin pregnancy in first teimester so what does that mean?????.

  9. I just found out im pregnant and my belly is growing slightly rapidly, i have been having slightly severe cramps and my back and tits are so painful. I haven’t been booked in for a scan yet as i just found out but i have an inkling that i might be carrying twins, or i might just be fat coz i eat quite a lot these days lol

  10. 13 weeks with identical twins, my first pregnancy. I thought I was showing early and realized why at my first scan around 11 1/2 weeks when I found out it was twins. I swear I continue to look more and more pregnant every single day. I’ve also had quite of bit of growing pains and also bleeding but so far twins have checked out ok.

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