You might not believe it, but you’re at the two month mark already. So much has gone on, and though you’re probably not showing, you’re far enough along that the reality’s probably hit you.
At 8 weeks pregnant with twins, you’re also probably looking at your first prenatal appointment, so let’s dive right in and find out what’s going on this week (and see our twin pregnancy guide here)!
A single embryo at 8 weeks
Your Twin Babies at 8 Weeks Pregnant
Right now, your babies are around two thirds of an inch long, or around the size of a kidney bean or raspberry. They’re going to grow a noticeable amount each day, too. Around a millimetre a time.
That might not sound like a lot, but when you’re only 15 millimetres tall, it’s massive.
Your babies are also heavy enough to have a real weight now. A staggering 0.04 ounces. Expect that to go up, fast.
They’ve got hands and feet, too, although their fingers and toes will still be connected by delicate little webs of skin, as well as real eyelids that can almost cover their eyes!
Inside, their lungs will connect up to their throat, ready for the first breath of air in all those months, and they’re going to be moving around a lot more now.
Although they’re way too small to even think about feeling it yet.
Twin Pregnancy Symptoms at 8 Weeks
Eight weeks in and your hormones are running riot throughout your body, causing massive changes. We’re sorry to say it, but most of them aren’t good.
But they are necessary, for the wellbeing of you and your twins, so don’t feel bad. Here’s what you’re facing:
- Sore breasts: Like we said last week, a lot of women have gone up by a cup size by now. That’s because your breasts are prepping for breastfeeding already, and all of the milk producing glands are expanding.
- Morning sickness: If you suffer from morning sickness, all the pregnancy hormones are probably kicking your ass right now. If you’re struggling, then take it easy, and eat what you can. Try and focus on dry, relatively tasteless foods like toast and crackers. If you’re having trouble, our article has a bunch of helpful tips.
- A stronger sense of smell: This can work right alongside the morning sickness. It’s another hormonal thing, and the boring science is that it’s an evolutionary defence, to stop you eating things that could hurt your baby.
- Exhaustion: Your body is producing a lot more blood, to keep your uterus, and more importantly, your babies, supplied. This means that your blood sugar levels and blood pressure are going to be much lower than you’re used to, which contributes to that muddy, mixed up feeling you’ve got right now. The best advice is always the same. Get as much rest as you can, and try and eat right.
- Cramps: Your uterus is expanding fast now, so all the ligaments in your abdomen are stretching to make space. If it gets excessive, or is particularly debilitating, let your doctor know.
- Strange dreams: Bizarre dreams are a completely normal part of pregnancy. Albeit one that no woman ever seems to talk about. So if you find yourself waking up with bizarre thoughts on your mind, don’t worry. You aren’t the only one.
- Spotting: You can still be spotting at eight weeks, especially after sex, because your cervix is more sensitive. Unless it gets particularly heavy or constant, it’s generally nothing to worry about, but if you’re concerned, always see your doctor.
8 Weeks Ultrasound Twins
At eight weeks, your babies have defined arms and legs, and they’re going to be moving around all the time. So if you’re going in for your first prenatal, don’t be surprised to see that!
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Things to Do This Week for a Healthy Pregnancy
You’re probably either going for your first prenatal, or preparing for it. So here’s what to expect.
- Your doctor will give you a full physical, including blood and urine tests.
- Your blood test will be examined to see if you’re rhesus positive or negative, and compare that to your babies. (It can cause issues if you’re the opposite to your developing babies.)
- You’ll be checked for red and white blood cell levels, to make sure your immune system is fine.
- You’re also going to be checked for STDs, HIV and Hepatitis, because these are all transferable to your baby.
Expect to be barraged with questions by your doctor, but relax. You’re probably not doing anything wrong.
Now’s the time to ask your own questions right back, and if you’ve been following our articles, you’ve probably got a list of questions to ask. If you don’t, that’s fine too. Here’s a few ideas.
- How much weight should you gain? Because this question is based on your current weight and your body type, your doctor will give you a ballpark figure to work around.
- Can I keep exercising? If you’ve got an exercise routine, it can feel bad to give it up, especially early on, so ask your doctor if you need to make any changes.
- Are all my meds fine to keep taking? There’s a lot of variation in medication, and if you’re currently on anything, make a list and ask your doctor.
- Should I start taking prenatal vitamins? Ask your doctor what they recommend, and how and when is best to take it. Now is also a good time to ask if there’s any changes you should make to your diet.
- Who do I call if I have questions or an emergency? Your doctor should have a 24 hour helpline or number. Issues happen at random times with pregnancies, so you’re going to appreciate being able to get hold of your healthcare professionals whenever you need to.
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- Prenatal vitamins, provided your doctor said it’s safe to take them
- These Tummydrops are not only tasty, but can really help relieve your nausea
- Why not set your Baby Registry up?
- If you missed last week, check this list
[thrive_text_block color=”blue” headline=”‘Must Haves’ in Trimester 1 “]We asked the TwinStuff Community what their Must Have products were during the first Trimester:
- Nausea and tummy balm
- Ginger ale
- Pregnancy journal
- Anti-nausea essential oil
- First-time pregnancy mom guide
- Pregnancy tea
- Decaf coffee
- Fish oil tablets
- Maternity wristband for morning sickness support
Are You 8 Weeks Pregnant With Twins?
We hope your first prenatal goes smoothly. This is the time to put all your concerns to rest, so ask any questions you want, no matter how silly they might seem.
If you’ve got any more questions you want answered before you go, remember you can ask them here. You just need to put them in the comments below. How do you feel at 8 weeks pregnant with twins?