23 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

23 weeks pregnant with twins

23 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

What can you expect at 23 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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What's going on with those twinnies?

Median weight for dichorionic twins: 1lbs, 5oz

Median weight for monochorionic twins: 1lbs, 4oz

Your twins' ears are becoming more developed. After birth, your babies may recognize some noises outside the womb that they are hearing inside now.

to do list

23 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

Have a baby shower. When you're having twins, who may come early, you'll want to have your baby shower by week 30, but ideally more like week 26.

Start looking for a night nurse if you want to hire one. This is a nanny who takes care of your babies at night a few days a week so you have a few nights with guaranteed sleep. 

Check your company's short term disability policy. You may be entitled to 4-6 weeks of partial pay if your company offers this. If you need to go on bed rest, you may be able to start collecting STD up until your babies are born, and then receive more pay for the 4-6 weeks after the birth. 

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5 pregnancy tips

5 tips for a better 23rd week of your twin pregnancy

-Drink lots of water – 1 gallon a day!

-Relax with your feet up.

-Buy a grabber reaching tool to pick up things that fall on the floor so you don’t have to bend over.

-Go on a date with your partner.

-Pamper yourself!

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Advice from other Twiniversity moms when they were 23 weeks pregnant with twins

Try not to stress out over the little things, like work, or whether or not your house is cleaned. Also, accept whatever help you can get, whether it is someone who will help you organize your nursery, or if someone is willing to help reduce your stress levels at work. Molly K., Poughkeepsie, NY

Be patient and if you are tired, rest. I know it seems like a lot needs to be done and time is running out, but you have to take care of your body and the babies. Do things as your body tells you to. It is okay to take a nap! – Michela Stevens, King, NC

Rest up and take care of yourself first, because no one else will! – Anonymous

Get into see the chiropractor. If yours doesn't specialize in Maternal Care find one that does. Prenatal yoga has helped me 1) Bond with other moms 2) Get pressure off my back. – Heather H., Carson City, NV

Be gracious to yourself. If you are up to doing something, great… do it! But if not, it’s okay. Rest if you can, but that’s not always possible, especially if these aren’t your first babies! – Emily M., Mifflintown, PA

Take it easy. 23 weeks with multiples right now feels like I am over 30 weeks and they are totally different than my singleton pregnancy. Give grace and do what your body needs. – Ebony G., Lafayette, IN

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Concerns other Twiniversity moms had when they were 23 weeks pregnant with twins

I am concerned about preterm labor, gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.

I am concerned about how long I will be able to continue to work.

Getting harder to put on socks and shoes.

I am concerned about making it to a specific week in my multiples pregnancy to make sure my babies are going to be okay.

Back pain.

The perinatal specialist keeps insisting that we are going to have to be induced at 37 weeks. I am debating on signing an AMA… How do I handle that?

I feel kicking on mainly one side of my belly, and not the other.

I’m concerned with the fact I’m already this uncomfortable. How am i going to make it to 37 weeks?

Pre-term labor… always on my mind!

How much longer I will be able to continue working?

Elevation in blood pressure

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doctor questions

Questions Twiniversity moms had for their doctors when they were 23 weeks pregnant with twins

How long am I going to be able to continue to work?

Is it ok to sleep on my right side, if my left side is really uncomfortable?

How to get a breast pump through insurance?

How big are the babies right now?

Scheduling my glucose test in the next few weeks.

Is it normal to have really bad hip pain when I lay down?

What is fundal height?

How many weeks will I be before knowing if a c-section is necessary?

When will my babies be in the position they will stay in for delivery?

How large are my placentas?

Can I quit seeing you? We go to the OB every 4 weeks and the perinatal specialist every 2 weeks. I'm tired of 1) The drive 2) The wait 3) The negativity of twins.

When to decide if a c-section is needed or vaginal?  

Should I be concerned with this varicose vein?

Should I be concerned with swelling in my ankle and foot?

Can I continue to run?

Is it still okay to keep taking Zofran for nausea and vomiting?  

Is there anything I can do to prevent preterm labor?  

What happens if I go into labor this early?

Are there particular compression socks that are best?

product recommendations

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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

The Belly Book Pregnancy Journal

Snoogle Pregnancy Pillow

Boppy Pregnancy Wedge

Boppy Pregnancy Support Pillow


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what to do when you're having two

An excerpt from Twiniversity founder Natalie Diaz's book, “What To Do When You're Having Two

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Pre-eclampsia

This, too, is more common during twin pregnancies.  Experts still don't know exactly what causes this condition to occur, but it is marked by high blood pressure, protein in the urine, and severe swelling.  Untreated, it can lead to early delivery and even become fatal, so this is something to take seriously. If you see any sudden swelling, call your doctor right away.

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

23 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

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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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