What can you expect at 34 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!
- 34 weeks pregnant videos
- What’s going on with those twinnies?
- To-do list
- 5 tips for a better 34th week
- Advice from other twin moms
- Concerns other twin moms had
- Questions twin moms had for their doctor
- Typical tests that are done
- Product recommendations
- An excerpt from “What To Do When You’re Having Two”
- Belly photos at 34 weeks pregnant with twins
- Ultrasound photos at 34 weeks pregnant with twins
- Articles you should read this week
- Videos to check out
- Register for class
34 weeks pregnant videos
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What’s going on with those twinnies?
Median weight for dichorionic twins: 5lbs, 1oz
Median weight for monochorionic twins: 4lbs, 13oz
Your twins’ central nervous systems are developing, as are their lungs. Twins born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems typically do well in the long run.
Childproof your home. It’s so much easier to do this before they arrive. You can hire a professional baby-proofer to do all the big jobs like anchoring furniture. Here’s some tips on childproofing. And don’t forget to take our baby safety course on-demand!
Stock up on newborn diapers and wipes. You’ll go through 150 diapers and 600 wipes per week with twins in the early weeks.
5 tips for a better 34th week
Don’t feel guilty about taking your time
Finish your nursery now before you’re too big, too tired, too whatever!
Elevate your feet above your heart when you sit or lay down to reduce swelling in your legs
Delegate, delegate, delegate! Assign last-minute to-dos to willing family and friends.
If you’re still working, see if your workplace has a cot you can lie down on during your lunch break.
Advice from other twin moms
Be kind to yourself. Be lazy. Let your husband wait on you. Ask for help if you need it. – Kendra M., Hopkins, MN
It’s okay to feel scared, stressed, overwhelmed. Get your support system together and ask for some help! – Sara L., Conneaut, OH
Hang in there! You are almost done! Check your rings. Mine just started getting tight this week and now I need to wrench them off. Find comfy sweatpants and buy TWO pairs! You will never want to give them up to wash them. – Lee-Ann W., Cranston, RI
I am not one to rest much but boy have I needed it this last week or so. Forcing myself to stay in bed has been a huge help. – Michelle H., Jersey City, NJ
It’s OK to let go of control and allow others to take on last-minute items on the to-do list. Please take this time to listen to your body and give it the rest it needs…you’ve come a long way. – Carol M., Bowie, MD
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Concerns other twin moms had
Water breaking while I’m out of the house
Weight gain and having to lose weight after birth
Being a MOM of TWO babies!
Will my babies need NICU time?
Will baby A ever flip to vertex?
I am concerned/nervous about not knowing when they will come. Every strange twinge, every Braxton-Hicks contraction puts me on edge in case it means they are on the way!
I’m concerned about going into labor at work (I teach high school English!) or during a snowstorm.
Wondering when I’ll go into labor too and what I’ll do with my singleton if it’s the middle of the night!
Just concerned I will have to have a c-section when I really would love to have a natural birth.
Questions twin moms had for their doctor
How close do you think I am to delivery?
Do they look good?
What position are they in?
Are they growing well?
Will I be able to deliver vaginally or need a C-section?
If I go past 38 weeks, when will I be induced?
How long will c-section recovery be?
Does the hospital require continuous monitoring during a vaginal birth?
How to prevent hemorrhoids from getting worse during delivery?
Would orgasm cause me to go into labor?
When will I know I am experiencing real contractions vs. Braxton-Hicks?
Is it OK to drink wine to calm down the uterus?
What can I do for the itchy skin all over my body?
“This week it hit me that I really only have a month left before the babies are here. Not sure why I thought I had longer, but I don’t!! I’m not worried, just kind of dawned on me. Third-trimester insomnia hit me this week and I wasn’t prepared. Got my Tdap shot, so ready to roll on that front! I’ve also started feeling worse around 4 or 5 pm consistently, even when I take heartburn medication.” Lauren, 34 weeks pregnant with twins.
Typical tests that are done
It is common to have weekly nonstress testing (NST) with fluid assessments starting at 32 weeks in an uncomplicated twin gestation. As your pregnancy progresses you will likely be scheduled more and more frequently, building to every 1-2 days as you get closer to full term. A nonstress test is used to evaluate your babies’ health before birth. The goal of a nonstress test is to provide useful information about your babies’ oxygen supply by checking their heart rates and how it responds to your babies’ movements. The test might indicate the need for further monitoring, testing, treatment or delivery. A nonstress test typically requires no special preparation. During the nonstress test, you’ll lie on a reclining chair. You’ll have your blood pressure taken at regular intervals during the test and each baby will be monitored while you relax in a recliner for 20 minutes, playing on your phone or reading a book.
A fetal biophysical profile (BPP) is a prenatal test used to check on a baby’s well-being. The test combines fetal heart rate monitoring (nonstress test) and fetal ultrasound to evaluate a baby’s heart rate, breathing, movements, muscle tone, and amniotic fluid level.
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An excerpt from “What To Do When You’re Having Two“
Some moms feel slighted that they didn’t have the vaginal delivery that they were dreaming about. If you feel this way, talk it out. Talk to your partner, your doctors, or even the nurses. Know that you are not alone.
We polled our Twiniversity families and the Top 5 Things That Surprised them during their C-section were:
- How fast it was.
- Moms who had previous natural births were surprised how much less it hurt.
- How numb the incision site would still be (some, years after)
- The shaking from the pain medication
- The razor burn afterwards (you are prepped for surgery by getting a free bikini trim).
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REMINDER: Don’t forget to take a belly shot!
Belly photos at 34 weeks pregnant with twins
Ultrasound photos at 34 weeks pregnant with twins
Articles you should read this week
Videos to check out
Register for class
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