What can you expect at 26 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!
- What’s going on with those twinnies?
- To-do list
- 5 tips for a better 26th week of your twin pregnancy
- Advice from other twin moms
- Concerns other twin moms had
- Questions twin moms had for their doctor
- 26 weeks pregnant video
- Typical tests that are done
- Product recommendations
- Belly photos at 26 weeks pregnant with twins
- Ultrasound photos at 26 weeks pregnant with twins
- Articles you should read this week
- Register for class
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26 weeks pregnant with twins video
What’s going on with those twinnies?
Median weight for dichorionic twins: 2lbs, 1oz
Median weight for monochorionic twins: 2lbs
Your twins are now inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, which helps develop their lungs. These breaths are good practice for that first breath of air at birth.
Attend a local twins club meeting. Here you will meet so many amazing moms that know exactly how you are feeling and can give you excellent advice, and some of them may even become lifelong friends. Twin clubs typically have meetups for new moms, family events, and resale events. If you have preemies, your twin club may have a closet of preemie clothes that you can borrow from and return later.
Start interviewing pediatricians. Ask around to local friends to find out who they love. Try to find a doctor that has twin experience because this will be very helpful as the years pass. You need to have a pediatrician in mind on delivery day because they will ask you who to contact once the babies are born in the hospital.
Assemble baby gear such as bouncers, swings, etc. that you’ll need when the babies come home. Wouldn’t it be nice to have it all ready the moment you need to use it?
Don’t forget to pre-register at your hospital. This will save you a big headache and a lot of paperwork on delivery day. Give yourself at least 30 minutes for this phone call and have all of your insurance info handy.
5 tips for a better 26th week of your twin pregnancy
– Know your limitations
– Stand up slowly and let your body adjust before walking
– Avoid acidic foods at night
– If you can’t sleep, get up and do something, then try again to sleep
– Sleep with multiple pillows
Advice from other twin moms
Let someone else put your shoes on, stay fit, don’t lay on your back for long, eat lots of small healthy meals. – Jennifer S., Weaverville, NC
Relax when you can. So far if I don’t have to get up I just don’t. At this point, not much choice — the uncomfortable aftermath isn’t worth it. – Holly A., Inglewood, CA
Make sure to verbally communicate your needs to your partner. If he/she doesn’t know, they can’t help! – Elizabeth H., Atlanta, GA
Relax and breathe deeply. Your babies are doing well. It’s just the mother in you worrying too much. Watch a comedy to get your spirits up. – Mirela A., Folsom, CA
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Concerns other twin moms had
My water breaking
Going into early labor
Failing my glucose test
My blood pressure increasing
All the unknowns of how much time I have until they will be here and how will delivery go
Watching the TTTS and sIUGR issues that we’ve been having. I want my girls to be okay and ready.
Getting so big I can’t do anything for myself
The concern of my babies being born premature
Questions twin moms had for their doctor
How long am I going to be able to work full time?
Is sex risky at this point?
What do I do if I’m not gaining enough weight?
Should I be worried about all of this pelvic pain and pressure?
What can I do to help with back pain & heartburn?
Why don’t they measure my cervix?
How much do my babies weigh?
When should I cut back on my work hours?
What can I do to survive the third trimester and stay sane?
What pain medications I can take while breastfeeding after a c-section, if needed?
Am I squishing my baby on the left side since its the only way I can sleep at night?
When should I pre-register at the hospital?
How do I know if I am leaking amniotic fluid?
When will we schedule my c-section (if applicable)?
Would you opt to physically turn baby B to the vertex position if baby A is a vaginal birth?
Are you supportive of alternative labor and birth positions? Can I bring my birthing ball to the hospital?
When should I go to the hospital or call the doctor?
26 weeks pregnant video
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.
“26 weeks and I’m more tired than ever. Daily naps are essential and I definitely feel it when I don’t wear compression socks. Not sure what this second-trimester energy people talk about is, but I guess it is different with twins! This week I had an appointment with my OB and everything went well. I told her about my heartburn and she suggested I take a couple things, but also suggested I cut out spicy foods along with citrus. I stopped having my morning hot water with lemon and that helped drastically. My hips have still been hurting so I booked an appointment with a local physical therapist. They are booking 5 weeks out, so I won’t see them for a month, but I assume my hip pain will only get worse, so it should come at a great time.” Lauren 26 weeks pregnant with twins.
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An excerpt from “What To Do When You’re Having Two“
Even if your most valuable possession is a wilted old houseplant, you still need to plan your estate as if you were the Earl of Downton. Why? You’re a parent now. Wills, living wills, health care proxies, revocable living trusts, and durable power of attorneys are important documents that will ensure that your medical and financial preferences are followed in case you become mentally or physically incapacitated.
All estate plans should include at least a durable power of attorney and a will. The power of attorney manages your property during your lifetime if you become unable to do so. A will is to manage your property after your death, and yes, your twins will count as “property.” Your will should include the naming of legal guardians for your children. This is a crucial decision and not an easy one to make, so don’t downplay the importance of estate planning. Make an appointment with a financial adviser and make sure that your affairs are in order so that you can spend less time worrying and more time enjoying those yummy babies!
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REMINDER: Don’t forget to take a belly shot!
Belly photos at 26 weeks pregnant with twins
Ultrasound photos at 26 weeks pregnant with twins
Articles you should read this week
Videos to check out
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