Hooray! It’s the third trimester! At 6 months pregnant with twins, you’re about the same size as a mom with a full term singleton pregnancy. It’s probably getting harder to move around, and you may find that you get tired quickly.
This month, you’re also probably getting better acquainted with your twin babies — their kicks, bumps, and pokes may give you a glimpse of their personalities before you even meet them for the first time.
Read on for more about your precious babies and your pregnancy at 6 months.
What are your twins up to at 6 months?
By the sixth month, your twins are about the size of large eggplants. They each measure about 15 inches from head to foot and weigh about 2.2 pounds.
They’re really packing on the body fat and have doubled in size in just a month. But they’re still far from their ideal newborn weight. Believe it or not, they’ll still be tripling their current weight before they’re born.
From here on out, your twins’ head to foot growth will begin to slow down. But they’ll still be getting plumper and becoming more active every day.
Your babies’ skeletons are getting harder and their skin, which was once wrinkly, is becoming smoother. Their faces are almost fully formed. Their wee little noses are already working, and they’re practicing breathing and are now able to pick up scents. They have eyelashes and eyebrows. Their eyes are open, and they’ll now be able to see each other for the first time.
At 6 months, your little ones’ brains are maturing quickly, their reflexes are developing, and their senses are advancing. Their reproductive organs are also growing. If you have a boy (or boys), his testicles are descending towards the scrotum. If you have a girl (or girls), her clitoris will be sticking out. Later on, the labia will grow enough to cover it up.
At this stage of your pregnancy, your babies are starting to feel cramped. Aside from the fact that they’re growing so quickly, their amniotic sac (or sacs) now have almost a liter of amniotic fluid each. This amount will start to decrease as the babies get bigger and bigger.
At your last visit, your doctor must have recommended that you start doing kick counts to ensure that your twins’ level of activity is consistent from day to day. This helps reassure you that the babies are doing well inside your belly.
If you’re worried that your babies haven’t been moving as much, try drinking some cold water or getting a nice belly rub from your partner to see if the two will wake up. If none of these gets them to start moving, call your doctor and have things checked out.
Twin pregnancy symptoms at 6 months
Your babies have really plumped up, which means there’s more pressure than ever on your internal organs. Ouch! Here are the other twin pregnancy symptoms you’re feeling this month:
- Trouble sleeping — You may be tossing and turning, trying to find a position you are comfortable in. You may also be suffering from pregnancy insomnia. If this is the case, avoid anything that has caffeine — including chocolate — and drink lots of water during the day. Try to get some exercise, even if it’s just a short walk or a 20-minute yoga session. Practice a few minutes of meditation and avoid screens at night. In fact, keep your electronics out of the bedroom; scrolling through Instagram will not help you fall asleep faster. If you wake up in the middle of the night and have a hard time going back to sleep, read a book or listen to calming music.
- Frequent urination — This is one more thing that contributes to your lack of sleep. But remember that the solution is not to drink less water. Staying hydrated is very important throughout pregnancy. It helps you avoid preterm labor and even eases some of the other pregnancy symptoms, including headaches, swelling, and constipation. Simply avoid drinking lots of water near your bedtime, so you don’t wake up in the middle of the night having to pee.
- Swollen ankles and feet — This is perfectly normal and can be remedied by putting your feet up and getting some light exercise. According to WebMD, as long as it’s just some puffiness, it’s okay. But if you experience sudden or extreme swelling, or swelling in your hands or face, see your doctor immediately.
- Back, leg, and hip pain — As your muscles and ligaments stretch to accommodate your growing babies, you’re going to feel a little more achy than usual. Sit down and rest when you can and get a massage or use heat packs to soothe the pain.
Ultrasound of twins at 6 months
Your twins are getting bigger and growing really quickly now. After this month, all they need is more time to develop and they’re ready to come out in the world.
At your next scan, you’ll notice that your babies have become super energetic. By 29 weeks, the twins are separated by a thin membrane, and they’ve filled up most of the space available for them.
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6 months pregnant with twins: this month’s checklist
This is the perfect time to:
- Finish packing your hospital bag and leave it by the door
- Finalize your birth plan with your doctor
- Call your health insurance company and inquire about how you’re covered to see if any adjustments have to be made for the birth
- Hire a caregiver for when you go back to work
- Prepare for your third-trimester laboratory tests
- Count fetal kicks
- Watch out for signs of preterm labor, which is more common in twin pregnancies than in singleton pregnancies
- Consider writing a will
- Plan your baby shower
How are you feeling, momma? At 6 months pregnant with twins, you’re more than halfway through the journey. It’s just a matter of time before you finally meet the two little humans you’ve been growing all this time. Slow down a bit and get some extra pampering this month. You’ve earned it!