Positive Pregnancy Test 6dpo...Could it Be Twins?
The idea of carrying twins can be both exciting and nerve-wracking! If twins run in your family or you have used fertility treatments to conceive, you might be on the lookout for early signs of a twin pregnancy. You may even be tempted to start taking pregnancy tests early, just in case!
But do early positive pregnancy tests mean you are carrying more than one baby? Can you get a positive pregnancy test as early as six days after ovulation? Let’s find out!
How do pregnancy tests work?
Home pregnancy tests work by detecting the hCG hormone, which is produced during pregnancy. HCG starts entering the bloodstream once a fertilized egg implants in the uterus, anywhere from six to twelve days after you ovulate. Once there is enough hCG to be detected in the urine, a pregnancy test will show as positive.
It is important to remember that a positive pregnancy test taken at home only indicates the presence of hCG. If you would like to know the specific levels of the hormone, you will need your care provider to order urine or blood tests for you.
Even if you are indeed pregnant, testing before your hCG levels are detectible will result in a false negative. While it is possible to get a positive home pregnancy test as early as five days before your period, hCG levels are often not high enough to detect until after a day or two after a missed period.
Some women are extremely sensitive to the rising hCG in their bodies and can experience symptoms even before they can accurately test. Others may not notice symptoms until the days or weeks after they have gotten a positive! All bodies respond to rising hCG levels differently. If you think you are pregnant but get a negative test, you can always wait a few days to test again.
I got a positive pregnancy test six days after ovulation...is it twins?
If you have a positive pregnancy test six days after you ovulate, you might be experiencing higher than average hCG levels. Typically, a home pregnancy test would not detect a positive at that early date! This might leave you wondering if you are carrying more than one baby.
While twin pregnancies do often produce higher levels of hCG, an early positive is not necessarily an indicator of twins. It is possible that you had the incorrect date of ovulation and are really further along than you thought. Or, you might just happen to have extra high levels!
It can be hard to wait if you suspect that you are pregnant with more than one baby, but an early positive test is not an accurate indicator of a twin pregnancy. Unfortunately, you will have to wait a little longer to find that out!
How can I find out for sure if I am pregnant with twins?
The only truly definitive way to find out if you are pregnant with twins is to have an ultrasound. You or your provider may have suspicions that there is more than one baby based on other factors, but an ultrasound will almost always give you your answer.
Because there is such a large overlap between pregnancy symptoms with twins and single babies, symptoms alone are not a sure indicator of twins. However, never hesitate to bring up your symptoms to your provider! Extreme morning sickness, elevated hCG levels, rapid weight gain, and other symptoms might be indication to schedule an early ultrasound to find out more.
What should I do if I get an early positive pregnancy test?
If you get a positive pregnancy test at home before you have missed a period, you might be unsure what your next steps are. It may not even feel real yet! Unless you are undergoing fertility treatment or have other medical concerns, you can test again after a couple days to confirm your result before calling your doctor or midwife.
Once you have informed your care provider, all you really need to do is wait for your appointment! In the meantime, stock up on a variety of healthy foods and make sure you are taking a prenatal vitamin.
Never hesitate to call your provider if you have unexpected or severe symptoms. Monitoring your symptoms can help inform your prenatal care and maintain a healthy pregnancy.
How long will I have to wait to find out if I am carrying twins?
The good news is that if you are carrying twins, you will eventually find out! Most twin pregnancies will be detected via ultrasound within the first trimester. Rarely, one twin will “hide” behind the other in the early weeks, but they soon run out of room to hide.
Waiting until your first ultrasound can seem like an eternity if you think you might be having twins. Communicating your suspicions to your provider is always a good idea, as they can help you determine if an earlier ultrasound is warranted.
Try to relax and focus on one day at a time.
Trying to conceive can be a stressful time. Wondering if your early positive pregnancy test means you are carrying twins can certainly add to that stress! Even though it can be hard to do, try to focus on one day at a time.
If you have a positive test, take a moment to celebrate! Monitor your symptoms, contact your provider, and do your best to stay calm. You will meet your little one (or two!) before you know it!