24 weeks pregnant with twins, and your little twinnies are growing faster than ever.
They’re really packing on the weight, and because of that, on your end you can expect more of the symptoms that affect your body, like aches and pains.
Read on to find out what to expect this week, and what you can do about it.
A single fetus at 24 weeks
Your Twin Babies at 24 Weeks Pregnant
By now, your twins are almost a foot long, and probably weigh somewhere around 1.3lbs. If you need an image, pick up an average sized cantaloupe and cradle it in your hands. Surprising, right?
This is because your babies are putting on anywhere up to 5 or 6 ounces of weight per week right now. Bones are thickening, muscles are strengthening, and the layer of subcutaneous fat we all have under the skin is getting thicker and thicker.
On top of this, your baby’s faces are pretty much how they will be when they’re born, including having all of their hairs, from the hair on their head, all the way to tiny little eyelashes and eyebrows.
Although, right now all of their hair is pure white, because the pigmentation process that gives their hair its natural color isn’t being produced yet.
Internally, your babies are learning how to breathe, even though they’re still in the womb. Their lungs are producing more and more of the distinctive branched cell patterns that absorb oxygen with each breath, ready for that first big gasp (and probably cry) when they come out of the womb!
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Twin Pregnancy Symptoms at 24 Weeks
Right now, you’re starting to get a taste of the coming symptoms of pregnancy, and as you get bigger, expect them to only get worse. But that’s fine. This is a great opportunity to see what’s coming and learn how to deal with it. So right now, you can expect to be feeling:
- Cramps in legs and feet: If your legs are aching, it could just be that you’re tired and overworked from all the extra weight you’re carrying. Or it could be that you’re dehydrated. If you’re suffering from regular cramping in your lower half, try drinking a little more water, and see what happens.
- Swollen legs and feet: Related to the above, you might also be suffering from swollen legs or feet. You’re already holding more fluid and have a higher blood pressure than normal, so this is nothing to be concerned about. Just try and get a little bit of exercise every now and then. Don’t sit in one position for too long. And especially try not to restrict your feet or legs in tight or uncomfortable clothing.
- Backache: Your babies are getting bigger, so the pressure they’re putting on your body and spine is that much bigger too. If it’s debilitating, then see the doctor. Other than that, you’re just going to have to cope with it right now I’m afraid.
- Linea nigra: Literally, the ‘dark line.’ It’s caused by all the hormones in your body, and fades naturally once you’ve given birth. It might last a little bit longer if you breastfeed, so don’t be concerned if it takes a little bit longer for yours to go.
24 Weeks Ultrasound Twins
You might be having an ultrasound this week, but most of the big scans are done for the time being.
Instead, in the next few weeks you might be having a glucose screening test, to check for gestational diabetes.
Don’t worry. It’s a relatively unobtrusive check up, and all you have to do is drink a sugary drink that they’ll give you, then sit around for an hour or so reading magazines and checking Facebook until they call you back in.
In most cases, that’ll be the end of it, but for some women, there will be another test to see if they’re fine, that’s much the same thing.
Either way, your doctors know what they’re doing, and there’s absolutely nothing to worry about. So just relax and go with it. More unnecessary stress is never a good thing.
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Things to Do This Week for a Healthy Pregnancy
- Book yourself in for your glucose screening challenge if you haven’t already, and make sure you go to it.
- Finish your nursery, if you haven’t already, and give your home a sweep to see how baby proof it is. You might have a little more work to do, and it’s so much better to do it now rather than later.
- As you’re carrying twins, you’re more at risk for preterm labor and early delivery. Look up the symptoms, and make sure you know what to expect.
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This week were focusing on feeding time. Remember it’s worth getting these things organised in advance. You want to be able to relax towards the end of your pregnancy knowing that you have everything prepared.
- Feeding twins gets complicated which is why this twins nursing pillow is a life saver.
- Why not set up your Baby Registry?
- Your nipples will get very sore – this cream can help.
- Using a breast pump can help give your nipples the time off they will crave. This pump comes highly rated.
- Nursing bras are a must. These are comfortable and supportive.
[thrive_text_block color=”blue” headline=”‘Must Haves’ in Trimester 2 “]We asked the TwinStuff Community what their Must Have products were during the second Trimester:
- Belly cream
- Elastic pants waist extenders
- Bra extenders
- Belly belt
- Pregnancy pajamas
- Pain heat wrap
- Muscle pain soothing balm
- Car seat support
- Pregnancy novelty t-shirts 🙂
Are You 24 Weeks Pregnant with Twins?
You’re probably starting to slow down a little by now. That’s fine. You’re carrying twins. You’ve got twice the pressure most normal moms go through.
So it’s fine to take it easy every now and then, especially if you’re a little frazzled and overstressed. Take some time for yourself, relax, and get your feet up. Especially if you’re resting swollen feet.
If you need any tips, take a look around, and feel free to ask questions. We love hearing from our readers, no matter what they need. How do you feel at 24 weeks pregnant with twins?