30 Weeks Pregnant with Twins
What can you expect at 30 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 twin pregnancy. Enjoy!
What’s going on with those twinnies?
Median weight for dichorionic twins: 3lbs, 6oz
Median weight for monochorionic twins: 3lbs, 4oz
Your twins are surrounded by a lot of amniotic fluid — a pint and a half each for each sac — although there will be less of it as they grow and claim more space inside your uterus.
30 Weeks Pregnant with Twins
Figure out who you want there on delivery day. Decide who is going to be a part of your labor team (your partner, a doula, your mom, etc.) and ask your doctor how many guests will be allowed in the operating room for the delivery. You may only be able to have one guest in the operating room (OR), but more in your labor room. If this is the case, your doula can be with you all the way up until Baby A is crowning, and at that point you’ll be taken into the OR for delivery. Then your doula can join you back in recovery.
Decide when you want your family and friends to come to the hospital. If you have family that want to wait in the labor & delivery waiting room, just let them know it may be a while, they won’t be able to find out any info from the medical team (due to HIPAA privacy laws), and if there are any complications you may not see them until the next day. Best practice is to have everyone come to visit after the babies are born and you are physical stable in your postpartum room.
Write your twins birth plan and share it with your OB. Make any needed changes based on your doctor’s advice. Print 5 copies to keep in your hospital bag. Hand them out to the head nurse upon arrival and review it with her to find out if anything on your list is not possible.
5 tips for a better 30th week of your twin pregnancy
Stack pillows to help sleeping and to fight heartburn; sit up straight as much as possible to avoid chest pain.
Take it easy–don’t lift heavy things!
If your spouse offers to rub your back, take them up on the offer!
Drink most fluids earlier in the day and don’t drink anything after 8 pm so you won’t keep waking up during the night to pee.
Lay down whenever you get the chance to take the pressure off your pelvis.
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Advice from other Twiniversity moms when they were 30 weeks pregnant with twins
If you can stop working, please do! I was lucky to be able to work from home in this final stretch but sitting only for 15 minutes in an office chair is too painful. – Priscilla B., Montreal, Canada
Keep drinking fluids and hang in there. If you really need to shave “down there”, invest in a hand-held mirror, LOL! – Candace B., Howard Beach, NY
Take your iron because going anemic with twins is so common, and eat healthy because your body needs the fuel to keep going. – Courtney O., Peachtree City, GA
Get rest and drink lots of water. To avoid bad heartburn, eat in small amounts; drink lots of water, avoid high acid foods/drinks (coffee, spicy foods, tomatoes) – Theresa K., Apple Valley, MN
Just hang in there and nap when you can. You’re almost to the finish line! – Danielle F., New Milford, CT
Things are becoming more real. Take time to really focus on finishing the nursery or area where your babies will be sleeping. Make sure you have the essentials (diapers, bottles, swaddle blankets, etc.). Look into taking some birthing and breastfeeding classes. – Annie, Omaha, NE
It is very hard and you might want to give up, but it is so worth it to stay strong so that the babies can come at a good time and reduce their NICU stay time. – Anonymous
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Concerns other Twiniversity moms had when they were 30 weeks pregnant with twins
Preterm labor… although, I can’t wait to have my babies in my arms. Paradoxical!
Will I have everything done in time for their arrival?
Purchasing a family car to fit three car seats.
Mostly anxiety about how much more uncomfortable I’m going to get now that I am already feeling full term but have several weeks to go.
Anxiety about bringing them home and the effect it will have on my 2 year old and on me.
I’m always concerned about going into labor.
Always concerned about the babies being OK
Questions Twiniversity moms had for their doctors when they were 30 weeks pregnant with twins
Group B Strep exam is supposed to be taken at 35 weeks, but I might go into labor before that. Do they perform the exam anyways if I go into preterm labor?
When should I start looking for a pediatrician?
What are birth control methods I should consider after birth?
Is it normal that my contractions are so intense?
Am I dilated?
Has my cervix shortened?
How much do they weigh?
Is all this cramping normal (I’ve been told over and over that it is)
What is my delivery plan?
How often should I be feeling kicks?
How can I ease leg cramps?
Is the pain in my groin normal?
Do I need to bring my breast pump to the hospital?
My boobs are growing, but not leaking. Is that normal?
Is it OK to take Tylenol at night, and how many days a week is it OK to take Tylenol?
Can I see the labor & delivery area of the hospital, as well as the NICU?
Will I see a lactation consultant after I deliver and before I leave the hospital?
Who can visit me and my babies if they are in the NICU?
Should I bring my twin nursing pillow when I come to the hospital?
Do my babies room-in?
When do I share my birth plan with you?
30 Weeks Pregnant with Twins
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Each of your twins will need his or her own infant car seat. This is a must for the car, for using with your car seat carrier stroller as we already discussed, and also as a nice additional seat for the babies when you’re at home or out and about. If you don’t own a car you might be wondering if your twins will even need car seats. Well, they will still need them any time you ride in someone else’s car, like when you’re visiting your parents or other family members. You could try getting them to purchase two car seats and save yourself the money! But think about the other ways that you get around. Do you take taxis? You can strap infant car seats into most taxis using the seat belts, but it is actually legal (yes, legal) to hold an infant in your lap in a cab. Yes, that is insane, but it is true. If you have beaucoup buckeroonies, you can take limo services everywhere that have car seats in the cars, but if you have that much money, you can afford to buy two car seats, anyway.
REMINDER: Don’t forget to take a belly shot!
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