My pregnancy week by week twins

Twin Pregnancy Week by Week

Your Twin Pregnancy continues.

A Twin Pregnancy is always classed high-risk as more complications can arise than with a single baby pregnancy.

How many weeks are you?

The second part of your pregnancy is your breather from symptoms of the first trimester and the discomforts of the third, this is the time you could have more energy and overall feel better.

Your Twin Pregnancy

Weeks 14 –18

You are now in the safe zone and can announce your twin pregnancy.

You may also be considering a nanny or home help once your twins arrive, short or long term.

You may find your morning sickness starts to subside, as the placenta(s) takes over producing the pregnancy hormones that have been making your feel so miserable.

Having a twins baby shower is also a great way for friends and family to help out, with things like the mountain of diapers you will need along with the cutest baby clothes.

The bonus is you get to celebrate your twins with your nearest and dearest.

Week 14 – Measuring between 2.8 and 3.9 inches with unique fingerprints in place, identical twins will each have their very own set of prints. Their little fingers have separated by now.

Weeks 19 –26

A more supportive bra maybe in order as your breasts get even bigger.

Week 19 – The brain is now the only element which continues to develop. They both have a heart beat that’s much faster than your own, the genitals are now in place and your babies measure about 6 inches.

Having Twins.

Your twin pregnancy has only one trimester to go! Not long now until you meet your precious two now.

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HAPPY TWIN MUM – What a brilliant book!

Twin pregnancy MUST reads!

Right after I found out that I was expecting twins, I bought and read the following two books and I would recommend both of them to anybody expecting twins!

The bible! I have lost count of the number of times I have actually picked up this book so far and I am sure I will use it many more times during the years to come! Written by Dr. Carol Cooper, a mother of twins herself, in association with TAMBA this is the must read guide from pregnancy onwards.

A quick, easy and fun to read book covering all the basics about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and the first few month. Really good one to accidently leave on the loo as its thin enough to catch daddys attention 🙂

Week 34 twin pregnancy

What a week its been, I have the biggest feet I have actually ever seen, I actually cut my widest pair of shoes in order to be able to squeeze my elephant feet in plus I also am cutting the top of my socks. I can hardly walk and I spend as much time as possible in my bed, the couch or the bath tub. My husband has become my personal slave, which I am actually really enjoying! I am also abusing my 3 year old son to pick up anything I accidently drop (I blame the numb fingers) plus he is now perfectly trained in taking my socks and shoes off. But fair enough, I am 34 weeks pregnant with twins. They should give me a gold medal, bring me flowers every day and bow when I walk past 🙂

The scan didnt go that well, I thought it did until the twin consultant popped his head in, looked at the growth discordance of 38% and decided to bring the c-section forwards by a week… I really didnt see that coming! Twin 1 is now 3lbs 2ozs (1425g) with a PI of 1.21; twin 2 is 5lbs 1ozs (2299g) with a PI of 0.95

So the new birth day is going to be 16th of March – I feel robbed by a week… I still have so much to sort out, boxes of clothes that need to be sorted, unfinished little jobs on the PC, still no music on my iphone, need to go to dentist and a million other things which of course I could have done in another week (who am I kidding?)

Next week I will be having two scans to check amniotic fluids and PI & CTG, one on Monday and one on Friday, plus I will be having a steroid injection on Friday and will be prepped for the section.Its all happening now… how surreal. But it feels right, I think my body has reached its limits and as the little girls growth has slowed down and they will both be at a good gestation, I am not worried. If anything I am excited!! I dont think you actually really believe you are going to have twins until you see them!

I cant wait to meet my two little girls! I am aware that its very likely for at least one of them to be going into NICU or SCBU so I have really been concentrating on gathering as much info as possible on breatfeeding prem babies, one book I found particularly helpful, it was kindly posted to my by Barbare the leader of la leche group Okehampton, a mother of twins herself:

This book is great, just what I need now, very practical advice on how to successfully breatfeed when one or both twins are in special care and not ready to be breastfed yet.

Extreme Motherhood – The triplet diaries was such a fun read, makes you appreciate expecting twins rather than triplets 🙂

Week 33 twin pregnancy

Yeah, past the magical 32 week line! But its not all fun… I am soooo heavy, I can hardly get myself up from bed or the couch, plus I have a nasty cold and cough and my little boy has got it too! We both had a few daytime sleeps and a few rough nights together, mostly he sleeps in my husbands bed now.. I moved into our guestroom about a month ago as we were both not getting any sleep at all! Swelling is getting worse, went to see the midwife who checked urin and bloodpressure which is all good. Still no splints and my hands are now constantly swollen and the fingertips are numb. Scan on Friday went ok but the PI is up again for twin 1 and I need to come in for another scan in 5 days. After the scan we went into town to buy some early baby clothes, what a mistake to make, I just cant do this anymore, I creeped along the highstreet at minimum possible speed, my husband couldnt believe that I was beeing serious about having to walk so slow… it must have looked rediculous! Did buy some tiny little clothes though and a few other things. After an hour in town I felt like I had just conquered Mount Everest – twice 🙂 Was absolutely shattered afterwards. Its couch and bathtub from now on, the girls love it when I chill out, they get really active, and its nice and reassuring to feel them! Phoned the surgery and the midwife about the splints, she forgot to do anything about it! I can do a self assessment and would get them in 3 weeks or wait to see the physio, next available appointment in 6 weeks – hahahaha!

Week 32 twin pregnancy

This week is term break and my 3 year old is home all day long and wants action, this was a tough week even though it was really lovely to spend so much time with him before the girls arrive! Feeling quite energetic this week, I think it all depends on the position the babies are in and they are being kind to me this week 🙂 I took my son to the local twin club, I havent really told him much about twins yet, just that they are called twins if they share mummys bump and that he had my whole bump to himself and thats why he is not a twin. He didnt mention anything about lots of them looking exactly the same, he had a really good play with a couple of twin girls and loved all the double buggies, he is a fan of twin club now 🙂 Fridays scan was a proper, long scan to check the growth of both girls, the scans are getting more and more uncomfortable now as its so difficult to lie on my back, but my consultant is just such an excellent sonographer (compared to all others who had a go at scanning before) that the whole thing is ok, painless and swift, even though not rushed! Twin 1 is 1183g and the PI is 1,17, twin 2 is 1608g and the PI is 1,19, so all is back to “normal” for now, growth difference 26% but PIs fine. Thats good news! Roll on 32 weeks! Next scan in a week to check fluids and cords.

Twin pregnancy week by week

Twin Pregnancy Week by Week

Twins are conceived in a different way to singleton babies. From the very start of conception, twins are formed when one of two important processes occur. Either two eggs are released by a woman’s ovaries and are fertilised by two separate sperm – these are known as non-identical, fraternal or dizygotic twins – or one egg is fertilised by one sperm and this fertilised egg then splits into two identical halves. These are known as identical, non-fraternal or monozygotic twins.

Identical twins share exactly the same genetic structures and are always the same gender, whereas non-identical twins can look very different and be the opposite gender. They share the same similarities and differences as do any other siblings who have the same biological parents.

It can be fun to keep a twin pregnancy week by week video diary. Consider writing to your twins each week of their gestation or doing a video log of your progress. This can be a lovely record to look back on.

But how will I know what type of twins I’m having?

It is often not clear in the early weeks of a woman’s pregnancy what type of twins she is carrying. Ultrasounds can determine which varieties of twins are present, but not always. Many women don’t know for sure until their twins are born and their placenta/s and membranes can be examined.

Depending on the type of twins a mother is having, her babies may either share an amniotic sac or each baby will grow in their own separate one. Similarly, they may share a placenta or each have their own. But each baby will have their own amniotic cord. Although it’s unusual, it is even possible for identical twins to have separate amniotic sacs as well.

Non-identical twins have their own, separate placentas because they were conceived from two completely separate eggs. This is different to identical twins who share the one placenta.

Although most women who are experiencing a twin pregnancy will have similar experiences, it’s important to remember that every woman and her twin pregnancy will be unique. Genetics, environment, size, and previous obstetric history all play a part. But it is still useful to find out what you can about having a twin pregnancy and how it varies week by week.

How is a twin pregnancy different?

One of the obvious differences about being pregnant with twins is that you will get alot bigger than if you are carrying only one baby. Your uterus will need to stretch to many times its original size in order to accommodate your two growing babies. But unfortunately, you won’t be able to increase your height or stature to allow for a more comfortable pregnancy.

Although the average length of gestation is classified as 38-42 weeks, it is reasonably uncommon for twin pregnancies to last until 40 weeks or beyond. The sheer lack of space for two babies to grow anymore is often the catalyst for an earlier labour. This is one of the reasons why twins are frequently born prematurely. But there is also an increased risk of maternal complications with a twin or multiple pregnancy. And the risks of these occurring increases with each week of gestation.

But I’m so uncomfortable!

When experiencing a twin pregnancy week by week, some changes may be subtle and some more obvious. When carrying twins, it seems that every symptom is multiplied. This is one of the reasons why women who are pregnant with twins often need to leave their paid employment earlier than those who are pregnant with one baby.

With singleton pregnancies the uterus tends to grow at a steady and measured pace. But with twins, for every week which passes, a mother’s abdomen increases exponentially. Her increasing weight will reflect this as well, and those creeping numbers are not due solely to the weight of the twins. Her breasts, increased blood volume, the weight of the placenta and amniotic fluid and general increase in body fat stores all need to be accommodated.

The first trimester

This is the first three months or first 13 weeks of a pregnancy. The first trimester is when the early symptoms of pregnancy can be so exaggerated that they cause many women who have conceived with twins to become suspicious. Extreme nausea is a common experience with twin pregnancies because of the high levels of hCG – Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin hormone. As well as the pregnancy symptoms being more severe, they can also occur much earlier on.

For women who have a history of conceiving with non-identical twins prior, or twins run in their family, they may be even more mindful of the possibility of having carrying more than one baby. It is not uncommon for women in their first trimester of twin pregnancy to look pregnant. The enlarging uterus lifts and rises out of the pelvis much earlier with two babies than one. This can mean that trying to hide the fact that you’re pregnant or keep it secret could become a challenge.

Generally, it’s not until around weeks 5-6 that a woman may suspect she is pregnant. But with twins, the symptoms can be so obvious that this motivates a woman to have her pregnancy confirmed earlier. The positive indicator on a home pregnancy test then reacts so quickly that this again, may provide a little hint that there is more than one baby. Especially if the test is done very early after conception or, when testing urine passed later in the day.

Generally morning urine has the highest concentration of hCG which is why it is recommended as an ideal specimen for pregnancy testing.

Twins can usually be seen on ultrasound by week six of pregnancy.

Symptoms of twins in the first trimester

  • Rapidly expanding uterus. Being “large for dates”.
  • Weight gain.
  • Intense nausea and vomiting, very tender breasts, urinary frequency and extreme tiredness.
  • Extreme hunger, appetite fluctuations and sensitivity to particular foods and smells.

The second trimester

The second or middle trimester lasts from week 14 to week 27. This is often the most enjoyable of the three trimesters – when pregnancy nausea and fatigue has settled but the size of the uterus is still reasonably comfortable. Mobility is generally reasonable and walking and sitting isn’t yet an issue.

These are the weeks when many women who are pregnant with twins find they have a renewed sense of energy and optimism, and perhaps for the first time an enjoyment of their pregnancy. Many find themselves becoming very excited about the prospect of having twins. The initial shock and disbelief has settled and they have become used to the idea. This is also the time when alot of organisation and planning can be done. During the second trimester many women say they become more emotionally attached to their twins. The early, fearful weeks have passed and with them, the higher risks of miscarrying. Many women don’t allow themselves to think about the reality that they are having twins until they have reached the second trimester.

By then, at least one ultrasound is likely to have been done and the babies visualised on the screen. Foetal movements are felt and seen constantly and the need to become organised and think long term about the impact of having two babies forces many couples into a greater acceptance that they will be having twin babies.

The third trimester

The third trimester spans the time between weeks 28 – 40 of pregnancy. This is the time when it can become very obvious that a woman is pregnant with more than one baby. Her uterine size becomes a giveaway for the number of weeks of gestation she’s progressed to. But like any singleton pregnancy, individual women will “carry” their twin pregnancy differently. Some just seem to have a neat little bulge at the front and others appear to carry their pregnancy from side to side. But a twin pregnancy tends to really take over a mother’s abdomen and to compensate, most women need to change their gait to accommodate the changes in their centre of balance.

Foetal movements can be very strong and visible through the wall of the mother’s abdomen. Particularly in the latter weeks, the muscular wall of the uterus becomes quite thinned and the baby’s limbs can be visualised as they move around. For small, petite women this is more obvious than women who are taller and have a larger frame.

Swelling, fatigue, exhaustion and a lack of general energy are all common symptoms for mothers in their third trimester of pregnancy. This is why it is so important to take the opportunity to rest whenever possible.

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Research in this area is still early, and doctors still need to figure out the exact link between stress and pregnancy outcomes. Even so, it’s an important factor for pregnant women to consider, especially if they’re dealing with chronic stress — for example, from financial or relationship troubles.

Sing a song. Even if you can’t carry a tune, hum in your head. Music helps control cortisol levels.

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Research in this area is still early, and doctors still need to figure out the exact link between stress and pregnancy outcomes. Even so, it’s an important factor for pregnant women to consider, especially if they’re dealing with chronic stress — for example, from financial or relationship troubles.

Sing a song. Even if you can’t carry a tune, hum in your head. Music helps control cortisol levels.

If you’re using massage oil, choose one that’s edible, unscented, and either a cold-pressed fruit or vegetable oil. Sure, you don’t need oil to rub your little one the right way, but it’ll be more pleasant for both of you if your hands glide more easily over your baby’s body. Good options include coconut, canola, corn, olive, grape seed, apricot, avocado, or safflower oils. These oils are easily absorbed into a baby’s skin — and easily digested when your little one sucks on his hands or fingers. Only use a dab and stay away from baby oil or mineral oil — they clog the pores. And nix nut oils too because of the potential for allergies.

Pick an area that’s comfortable for both of you, and warm — at least 75° F — so your nearly naked newborn doesn’t catch a chill while he’s chilling from your massage. You can massage your little one on the changing table, your bed (put a towel underneath to avoid oil stains on your comforter), even on the rug (use a towel there too). Add some soothing background music or simply use the time to talk and sing to your baby.

Follow your baby’s cues. No one likes to be massaged when they’re not in the mood, and that’s true for your baby as well. If he turns away or frowns or cries when you lay your hands on, save the session for later. And remember, you don’t have to give a full-body massage every time. If your baby decides he’s had enough after you’ve rubbed his legs and feet, that’s okay too.

Be gentle — and don’t apply too much pressure or it will be overpowering. Another smart tip from the infant massage playbook: Stroking away from the heart (from shoulder to wrist, for example) is relaxing, and therefore better suited for pre-nap or pre-bedtime massages. Stroking toward the heart (from wrist to shoulder) is more stimulating and better suited for when your baby will be awake and active. You can also do a combo.

Here are some infant massage moves to get you started:

Legs and feet. Hold your baby’s heel in one hand; with your other hand, start at the top of the thigh and slowly stroke all the way down to the ankle, gently squeezing the leg as you go, as if you were milking a cow. Reverse the motion and go from ankle to thigh. Then rub the feet with your thumbs, gently uncurling and stroking the toes. Switch legs. You can do these same strokes on the arms and hands.

Head. Start with your hands on both sides of your baby’s head, then run your hands down both sides of his body, from his head to his toes. Next, draw tiny circles on your baby’s head with your fingertips.

Face. Fold your hands (as if you were praying) on your baby’s forehead, then gently push outward from the center. Next, use your thumb to draw a smile on your baby’s face by stroking from one cheek, across the upper lip to the other cheek. Repeat on the lower lip.

Chest. Fold your hands on your baby’s chest, then push out to the sides, as if you were smoothing the pages of an open book.

Tummy. With your fingertips, draw an oval below your baby’s belly button. (Move clockwise, to follow the natural path of digestion.) Next, “walk” your fingertips from one side of your baby’s belly to the other, on the diagonal, as if you were making an “X.”

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