22 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

22 weeks pregnant with twins

What can you expect at 22 weeks pregnant with twins? We’ve compiled a list of common symptoms, to-do’s this week, pregnancy tips, pregnancy concerns, questions to ask your doctor, advice from other pregnant moms of twins, and tons of other info below to help you through this week in your twins pregnancy. Enjoy!

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21 Weeks Pregnant with Twins
23 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

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22 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

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what's going on
What’s going on with those twinnies?

Median weight for dichorionic twins: 1lbs, 2oz

Median weight for monochorionic twins: 1lbs, 1oz

Your twins’ movements are getting more frequent and noticeable. Download the Count the Kicks app to make sure your babies are moving enough.

to do list

To-do list

Click here for a FREE printable checklist for your 22nd week of twin pregnancy!

Ask a close friend or family member to coordinate a Meal Train for after the babies are born. This will ensure you have a hot meal delivered to your door a few times a week. This is twin parents’ #1 need — to be fed! It’s really hard to plan and cook meals every night when you’re juggling two newborn babies. Let people feed you! Casseroles are key — something that will last you for several days that you can just nuke and snarf down. But a pizza or Chinese food delivery is just as good! 

Figure out your budget for child care; start getting on waiting lists if you go the daycare center route. The majority of twin parents who both go back to work hire a full-time nanny, as it’s typically less expensive than enrolling two infants in daycare. But in-home daycares or bringing in an au pair are other options you should explore.

Attend a Lamaze childbirth class or watch a childbirth class on DVD. Many twin parents report that taking a traditional childbirth class at a hospital can be frustrating, as they are typically the only twin parents in the room and a lot doesn’t apply to them. Consider taking a Twiniversity in-person or online class to get ready for your twins. 

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5 pregnancy tips

5 tips for a better 22nd week

-If your heartburn is really bad, and Tums aren’t helping, ask your doctor about getting a prescription for an over-the-counter antacid (you can often get your insurance to cover it if you have a prescription.)

-Eat wholesome foods high in protein, whole grains, vitamins, and healthy fats to boost your energy levels.

-Stay close to home. At this point you’ll want to stop traveling and keep within an hour of the hospital where you plan to deliver.

-Keep drinking water! And then drink more! 1 gallon per day is needed for twins.

-Start stocking up on diapers.

twin pregnancy advice

Advice from other twin moms

Hang in there! You’re more than 1/2 way!  Enjoy/cherish every moment…time is going fast!  Don’t stress…but start researching/planning/purchasing items…I’m told in the third trimester you may feel less inclined. – Simone H., Brampton, Canada

Don’t push yourself too hard but try to keep moving.  I’m doing modified reformer pilates to go into this third pregnancy stronger and I’m feeling the benefits from it. – Julie B., Lake Forest, IL

Drink plenty of water and try to accept that there’s no way to know how things are going to go at this point. – Elizabeth R., North Babylon, NY

It’s starting to get harder to do everything you are so used to doing, and it can be quite frustrating. You’re more than halfway there and it will be so worth it in the end. – Devon C., Lewiston, MI

Buy compression socks and have them handy!  If you don’t already need them, you likely will soon enough. – LeeAnn M., Tacoma, WA

twins tale podcast

The Twins Tale Podcast is the “behind the music” of twin parenting. We interview twin parents in the trenches and ask all the burning questions you want to know about raising twins: how delivery day went, schedules that work, feeding your twins, getting out of the house, finding sanity, and so much more. After you check out Twins Tale, check out our awesome twin parenting classes and the Twiniversity shop!

twin pregnancy concerns

Concerns other twin moms had

I worry about the baby on the left, as I feel their kicks less frequently and more faint than the other.

Concerned whether I will be able to keep food down without medication.

Praying every day that both babies are healthy/getting everything they need to remain healthy.

The babies growth and how long I will be able to carry them.

Will the kicking start to hurt rather than just a feeling?

Will I have to have a c-section?

I haven’t really started gear shopping. Need to get on that!

How far along I will make it?

What to do if they come early.

Preterm labor and dehydration.

doctor questions

Questions twin moms had for their doctor

Should I be having pelvic pain?

How much do the babies weigh?

Discuss my birth plan

Can I get my tubes tied during my c-section?

What is your opinion on crib sharing?  

Why might one of my babies kicks feel less frequent and fainter than the other’s?  

I spend 80% of the time sleeping on my left side, 20% on my right. Some nights I worry that I am squishing the baby on the left… could this be possible?  

How are the babies positioned in my womb? Left & right or top and bottom?

Do you have any concerns with their development?  

When do I take my test for gestational diabetes?

What are the chances I’ll develop preeclampsia since so far it has been a healthy, uneventful pregnancy?

Should I be taking an iron supplement, because I’ve been needing a daily nap mid-day to make it through the evening?

Is my cervix is shortening?

Do I need to be concerned at all about Braxton-Hicks contractions?

How long do you expect I will be able to carry these babies?

When I can expect to be put on bed rest/go on leave?

What kind of delivery does he anticipate me having?

What medications can be taken?

Why do I have so much pressure on my hips and pelvis?

Can I travel by car for over 2-3 hours?  

What can I do about my joint and leg pains?  

Why am I so exhausted? 

Typical tests that are done  

Between weeks 18-22 you’ll have a level 2 anatomy scan. This is when you can typically find out the sex(es) of your babies. Don’t be surprised, however, if it’s too difficult to see one or both babies’ genitalia to determine the sex, most often because of the position the babies are in. During this scan, your medical team will be assessing the development of each baby’s brain, face, heart, spine, and other major organs, as well as the placement of the placenta(s), umbilical cords, and amniotic fluid levels. Do not be surprised if you are asked to come back for a follow-up scan. This is very common with multiple birth pregnancies because it’s often difficult for the technician to get a good picture if your babies are not cooperating.

SOURCE: TheBump.com

22 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

Lauren’s Twin Pregnancy Journal

22 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

“My calves and ankles hurt less frequently, but I’m still painfully aware they are there. My hips are getting off more frequently which isn’t a surprise since I have scoliosis AND there’s a lot going down / new weight to carry around. I may need to up my chiropractor visits! I now have an issue laying on my back for even short periods of time. I don’t sleep like that, but do lay like that for ultrasounds and such. I passed out at my 20-week anatomy scan and had to continue from my side, but I thought that was just from the length. I got a facial last week and was only laying down for 15 minutes and was already light-headed. From here on out I’ll lay on my side for appointments or at the very least, but propped up!” Lauren 22 weeks pregnant with twins.

product recommendations

Product Recommendations

Maternity Yoga Pants

Maternity Jeans

Best Cradle – Maternity Support Belt

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Tummy Butter & Stretch Mark Massage Lotion

Rachel’s Remedy Breastfeeding/Sore Breast Relief Packs

Digital Twin Pregnancy Journal

Snoogle Pregnancy Pillow

Boppy Pregnancy Wedge

Boppy Pregnancy Support Pillow

Check out this list of more Must Have Pregnancy Products You Need Right Now

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22 Weeks Pregnant with Twins
what to do when you're having two

An excerpt from “What To Do When You’re Having Two

Preterm Labor

The most common concern in a twin pregnancy is preterm labor, which results in the babies being born too soon.  It is simply more difficult for mothers of twins to carry their babies to term. While this is a valid concern, be reassured that with modern medical practices, even micro-preemies that would not have been considered viable just a decade or two ago can now thrive and go on to live completely normal lives.  My babies were born at 34 weeks and spent weeks in the NICU, and I am very relieved to tell you that today they are healthy, thriving seven-year-olds. Your twins are much more than likely to be fine, even if they do come early.

Twiniversity Twin pregnancy guide

Pregnant with twins and not sure where to start? Visit the Ultimate Twin Pregnancy Guide to find all the top articles and resources to get you ready for twins. While you’re at it, check out our expecting twin classes and Twiniversity shop!

REMINDER: Don’t forget to take a belly shot!

Belly photos at 22 weeks pregnant with twins

Ultrasound photos at 22 weeks pregnant with twins

Articles you should read this week

5 Tips to Manage an Irritable Uterus with a Twins Pregnancy

4 Weird Pregnancy Symptoms No One Warned Me About

A Consistent But Flexible Schedule for Newborn Twins

Videos to check out

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Take a Twiniversity class to get ready for your twins arrival!

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Sources

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Mayo Clinic. 2015. Fetal development: The 2nd trimester. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/fetal-development/art-20046151

MedlinePlus (ADAM). 2015. Fetal development. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002398.htm

OWH. 2010. Stages of pregnancy. U.S. Office on Women’s Health. http://www.womenshealth.gov/pregnancy/you-are-pregnant/stages-of-pregnancy.html

ACOG. 2015. FAQ156. Prenatal development: How your baby grows during pregnancy. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. http://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Prenatal-Development-How-Your-Baby-Grows-During-Pregnancy#one

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