What can you expect at 25 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, 12oz
Median weight for monochorionic twins: 1lbs, 12oz
Your twins’ skin is starting to fill out with baby fat, making them look more like newborns. Their hair is beginning to come in with color and texture.
Move into a new home (if necessary). But also consider that you might not need much extra room right now. If you live in a studio or one-bedroom apartment, then yes, moving now is probably a good idea. But if you have a 2-bedroom home, you may be able to get by with just that for a while. Your twins can share a room for a really long time (some twins stay together well into adolescence). All we’re saying is that moving is really expensive and you may want to delay those expenses until after the twins first year.
Wrap up decorating the nursery. If you’re really behind, bring in family and friends to help and enjoy putting your feet up and playing director. Don’t overdo it!
Hire household help to clean if you are not up to it. Even if you just bring in someone every other week, it will be a huge help and ease your mind. Just a reminder that you are growing two people in there. Be kind to yourself.
Plan your pregnancy photo shoot to happen by 30 weeks to be safe. You can hire a professional photographer, or have a friend with a good eye for photography take the shots in your own backyard. It doesn’t need to be fancy, it just needs to happen. Don’t wait too long and run the risk missing out if your twins come too early.
5 tips for a better 25th week
– Take Tums everywhere you go (in your purse) or an over-the-counter pregnancy-safe heartburn medication just before a meal (when you “feel it coming”, and with milk.)
– Yoga/stretching when you are up to it, swimming when you aren’t. Walk intermittently.
– Take time for naps. Even if you feel guilty about it. Just do it.
– Use belly oil to reduce itching as skin stretches, and stretch marks.
– Rest with your feet elevated to reduce swelling in your ankles and feet.
Advice from other twin moms
Get ready this week. We got our bags packed and childcare arranged for our three year old. We figured being prepared would help ease anxiety. – Abby N., Tiffin, OH
Listen to your body and ask for help if needed. I’m trying to take it easier at work and home since I’d like to make it to 38 weeks. – Erin M., Fort Collins, CO
Make sure you have a solid support network. – Janelle, Victoria, Canada
Stay strong, only 12 more weeks to full term babies. – Becky H., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Try to live in the moment and soak up the time you have left as a family without the babies. – Mackenzie B., Spokane, WA
1. Rest. Read. Sleep. Don’t let yourself feel bad about it. 2. Pregnancy massages are so wonderful, you should get at least one, and don’t feel obliged to talk to the masseuse either. 3. Stay hydrated. Many moms think they are going into preterm labor, when really it’s just dehydration. 4. Scout out the affordables and freebies on Facebook Marketplace before signing up for any companies who just want permission to spam you. Also, create a trash email account for those sign-ups, so that you don’t get all that junk in the email you use every day. – Emma M., Chattanooga, TN
Take it one day at a time. – Kamilah C., Rolesville, NC
Concerns other twin moms had
My concern is, of course, preterm labor. Hoping this will not happen. And babies growth – I want them to keep growing!
How do I stay pregnant for as long as possible but still prepare my body for labor?
Getting to term
We’ve reached the point of viability, which would be exciting if it weren’t so scary to think of the consequences of such an early arrival.
Labor and delivery
Will I be able to make enough milk to feed two babies? I’m a first-time mom and really want to only feed breastmilk initially.
How long it will take for my husband and I to figure out how to best work as a team when it comes to dealing with TWO newborn babies?
I am sick of the heartburn. But I know it’s normal so there is no great concern.
How much bigger will my belly get?
Questions twin moms had for their doctor
This week, I asked about logistics with the birth. I am hoping not to give birth for another 10 weeks at least, but with twins you never know. So, I asked about what week to go to what hospital (NICU one or non) and if I did go into preterm labor how to stop it.
What pelvic pressure and ligament pain is normal?
Can I get a massage? Can it induce early labor?
When will my c-section be booked?
How often should I feel the babies moving?
What restrictions should I begin implementing to decrease preterm labor risks?
Weight gain progress goals?
What signs of preterm labor should I be looking out for?
How long will I be allowed to continue working?
When will I need to begin limiting my travel? How far can I go safely?
Will my water be broken before the c-section? How?
What # of personnel can I expect in/out of my c-section?
How long does it take to close up the incision?
What are the hospitals guidelines on taking the placentas home?
What are the signs of preeclampsia?
Is a vaginal birth a possibility?
Is there anything I can do for my sciatic pain?
Typical tests that are done
You’ll also soon take the glucose test to determine if you’re at risk for gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar (diabetes) that starts or is found during pregnancy. The test is typically administered between 24-28 weeks gestation. Gestational Diabetes (GDM) occurs in 3-6% of twin pregnancies. Twin gestations are screened for GDM using the same challenge (50g glucose load), the same schedule (24-28 weeks of gestation), and the same normal ranges that are used for singleton gestations.
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An excerpt from “What To Do When You’re Having Two“
Whether you previously watched every dollar or your finances were a bit more haphazard, it’s time for you to get serious about coming up with and sticking to a budget. Depending on your circumstances, this doesn’t mean that you’ll necessarily have to start cutting indulgences and living like a college student. Rather, living on a budget is a smart and necessary way of knowing how much money is coming in, how much is going out, and exactly where it is going. This is information that you absolutely must have if you are expecting twins! You are now responsible for two human beings and the least you could do is to inform yourself about your current finances.
It won’t be the hottest date you’ve ever had (at least I hope not), but plan on spending a few weeknights or weekend days with your sweetie breaking down your finances. First, tally up exactly how much income you each make each month. Next, go through your typical expenses – from predictable things like mortgage or rent, utilities, car, and credit cards to less reliable expenses like eating out, birthday presents, and vacations. Use a few months’ worth of bank statements to help you get a really clear picture of where your money goes when it leaves your hands.
If you find that you have a surplus each month, congratulations. You can start using this extra cash to save up for the big and little expenses that will start to crop up after the twins are born (more on that later). If, however, you find that you are going in to the red each month, it’s time to make some changes. Living beyond your means isn’t unusual, but it’s not a good idea. If you’re going further and further into credit card debt each month, it will be that much harder for you to save for your children’s future. I don’t want to scare you, but I do want you to stop spending and start saving – now. Think about your biggest expenses – your home, car, and possibly travel. Is it possible for you to downsize? Can you go on a babymoon to the Jersey Shore instead of Bali? Is commuting by bus or train an option so that you can sell or stop leasing one of your cars?
REMINDER: Don’t forget to take a belly shot!
Belly photos at 25 weeks pregnant with twins
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