What can you expect at 31 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?
- To-do list
- 5 tips for a better 31st week
- Advice from other twin moms
- Concerns other twin moms had
- Questions twin moms had for their doctor
- 31 weeks pregnant video
- Product recommendations
- An excerpt from “What To Do When You’re Having Two”
- Belly photos at 31 weeks pregnant with twins
- Ultrasound photos at 31 weeks pregnant with twins
- Articles you should read this week
- Videos to check out
- Register for class
31 weeks pregnant with twins video
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What’s going on with those twinnies?
Median weight for dichorionic twins: 3lbs, 13oz
Median weight for monochorionic twins: 3lbs, 9oz
Your twinnies are starting to fill out! A protective layer of fat is accumulating under each twin’s skin, filling out their arms and legs. Your twins can now turn their heads from side to side.
Send your baby shower thank you cards. Keep it short and sweet. Thank them for coming. Mention the specific gift they brought and how great it is. And it never hurts to mention that you’d LOVE their help once the babies are here!
5 tips for a better 31st week
Have realistic expectations about what you can get done in a day
Sleep as much as you can
Don’t bend down to pick things up off the floor. Buy a grabber to help, it’s a lifesaver!
Eat smaller meals more often throughout the day to avoid bloating
Drink so much water!
Advice from other twin moms
You have made it this far!!! That is huge! Every day that your multiples are growing and developing in the womb is substantial at this point. Thank God above for helping you this far! – Lindsey S., Inola, OK
Take time for yourself and rest if that’s an option for you. – Daniela, Toronto, Canada
Get your home ready so you don’t have added anxiety or stress. – Kim P., Delta, Canada
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Concerns other twin moms had
Getting the car seat bases inspected for accuracy
Not overdoing it and not resting enough
Am I ready if the babies come now?
How long will I still be pregnant?
I am worried about preterm labour
I can feel movement but can’t tell which baby it is
Keeping them in long enough.
Questions twin moms had for their doctor
Can you approve of me getting a temporary handicap parking pass?
What immunizations do my husband and family need before the babies arrive?
Am I still okay to work?
What’s the best course of action for delivery at this point?
Do I need a breast pump in the hospital?
“Same song, different verse this week! I had another doctor’s appointment this week and both babies are measuring above 4 pounds. They scheduled my c section for October 15th, but I don’t think I’ll make it that long… My MFM may move it up if they continue to grow at this rate. I started physical therapy this week for hip pain and pelvic floor, so that is exciting! Other than that, just trying to take it easy and eat :)” Lauren, 31 weeks pregnant with twins.
31 weeks pregnant video
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An excerpt from “What To Do When You’re Having Two“
As mothers of twins, most of the time we don’t have as much control over our deliveries as singleton mothers. No, it isn’t fair, but it’s still a fact. Singleton moms (who don’t have other complications) can give birth at home or in an all-natural birthing center. Sometimes, they can even elect to have a c-section and choose their baby’s birthday. We don’t have as many choices. A home birth is pretty much out of the question for most of us, as are most birthing centers (though neither are strictly impossible). Some obstetricians will not consider allowing you to deliver naturally or even vaginally. Of course this all depends on your situation. But the fact that we don’t have as many options doesn’t mean that we don’t have any choices. These are still our bodies and our babies, and we have the right to ask for the type of birth experience that we want.
REMINDER: Don’t forget to take a belly shot!
Belly photos at 31 weeks pregnant with twins
Ultrasound photos at 31 weeks pregnant with twins
Articles you should read this week
Videos to check out
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ACOG. 2015. FAQ156. Prenatal development: How your baby grows during pregnancy. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Prenatal-Development-How-Your-Baby-Grows-During-Pregnancy#one