35 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

35 week pregnant with twins

You are so close to the finish line! You may be feeling really uncomfortable now, which is to be expected when you’re 35 weeks pregnant with twins. Hang in there!

What can you expect at 35 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!

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34 Weeks Pregnant with Twins
36 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

35 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

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what's going on
What’s going on with those twinnies?

Median weight for dichorionic twins: 5lbs, 7oz

Median weight for monochorionic twins: 5lbs, 4oz

Your twins’ kidneys are now fully developed, and their livers can process some waste products.

to do list

To-do list

Click here for a FREE printable checklist for your 35th week of twin pregnancy!

Rest. Rest. Rest. If you’ve made it this far, do all you can to make it even further. And by that, we mean do pretty much nothing. Lay down whenever you can. Watch all the Netflix shows you’ve been meaning to get to. Keep those babies cooking as long as you can.

Work on a pregnancy scrapbook to pass the time. If you’re a crafty person, get into it with hands-on materials, glue, and all the glitter you can handle. If you’re not crafty, pull up your laptop and let a photo book website do the work for you. 

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5 pregnancy tips

5 tips for a better 35th week

Have your bags packed and ready to go.

Eat slowly to avoid indigestion.

Stay off your feet as much as possible.

Get things done before lunch because after lunch is just plain exhausting.

The more pillows, the better!

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twin pregnancy advice

Advice from other twin moms

Hang in there! So close to the end. Rotate between sitting with feet up and walking around. If you’re uncomfortable, move. – Meredith, Texas

Relax and take it day by day. It’s great that you’ve made it this far! – Brooke A., Osteen, FL

Slow and steady will win the race. We’re only human and growing two babies is not an easy task. Go easy on yourself. – Farrah M.

Get takeout or have someone cook for you. Lay down a lot. – Stephanie G., Petaluma, CA

It’s a temporary state of utter discomfort. Accept the help from others. Don’t beat yourself up for resting. – Lynn F., Wrentham, MA

Take it easy and listen to your body. It’s amazing that you’ve made it this far and even though at this point you’re probably so over being pregnant it’s what is best for your babies and each day they stay in lessens the chance of NICU  stay. – Jessica C., San Marcos, CA

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twin pregnancy concerns

Concerns other twin moms had

Anxiety about giving birth.

Will I need to be induced?

Do I have everything ready?

Is my sleeping set up ok?

Can we all avoid the flu?

Will I be able to lose weight after the birth?

Is there anything else I need to do before babies come?

doctor questions

Questions twin moms had for their doctor

Are the twins measuring the same?  

Should I plan for a c-section or vaginal birth?

This is the week they do the MRSA and strep B swab for c-section recipients and I’m interested in those results.

What is the plan if I don’t go into labor naturally?

Does the hospital provide a belly binder? And is this recommended?

Does the hospital have a policy for visitors since it’s flu season?

Is there anything I should be watching regarding swelling?

Is baby A still head down?

What are other ways to induce labor that don’t involve drugs?

What can I expect before, during, after the c-section?  

Is my husband able to cut the umbilical cords during a planned c-section?

When should I go to the hospital once contractions start?

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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended routine screening for vaginal strep B for all pregnant women. This screening is performed between the 35th and 37th week of pregnancy. Studies show that testing done within 5 weeks of delivery is the most accurate at predicting the GBS status at birth. Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a type of bacterial infection that can be found in a pregnant woman’s vagina or rectum. This bacteria is normally found in the vagina and/or rectum of about 25% of all healthy, adult women. Women who test positive for GBS are said to be colonized. A mother can pass GBS to her baby during delivery. GBS affects about 1 in every 2,000 babies in the United States. Not every baby who is born to a mother who tests positive for GBS will become ill. Although GBS is rare in pregnant women, the outcome can be severe. As such, physicians include testing as a routine part of prenatal care.

If you are having a c-section you may be tested for MRSA. MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It is a type of staph infection. Even if a pregnant woman contracts MRSA in her pregnancy, it’s easy to treat. Antibiotics will cure most cases, and they’re safe for a developing baby to be exposed to. A baby will only get the infection if he comes into contact with it through vaginal delivery. Many women must be screened for MRSA when they need a C-section because hospitals must screen every surgery patient for the infection prior to the operation. To perform the screening, a nasal swab is collected by rotating a swab inside each nostril. Occasionally, a swab of a wound infection site or skin lesion is collected.

product recommendations

Product recommendations

Maternity Yoga Pants

Maternity Jeans

Best Cradle – Maternity Support Belt

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Tummy Butter & Stretch Mark Massage Lotion

Rachel’s Remedy Breastfeeding/Sore Breast Relief Packs

Digital Twin Pregnancy Journal

Snoogle Pregnancy Pillow

Boppy Pregnancy Wedge

Boppy Pregnancy Support Pillow

Check out this list of more Must Have Pregnancy Products You Need Right Now and Postpartum recovery products that twin moms LOVE

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35 Weeks Pregnant with Twins
what to do when you're having two

An excerpt from “What To Do When You’re Having Two

If you are being induced, your pre-delivery experience will be very similar to that of a C-section. If you are home and you go into labor naturally, that’s a different story. You should be prepared for your delivery anytime after your 34th week. There is a very good chance you’ll go beyond that time, but your uterus will be pretty large by then and labor could kick in sooner than expected.

If you’re home and you start feeling contractions, grab a stopwatch and see how far apart they are.  If you are having four or more contractions or even eight in an hour, call your doctor and give him a heads up. For new parents, you don’t want to rush too much because the labor process could take quite some time, but you don’t want to drag your heels, either. Usually, after you’ve entered active labor, you still have between 8-12 hours before the babies will be born. If you are home and your water breaks, immediately call your doctor and head over to the hospital. Your doctor will want to check for any sign of infection because the babies are no longer protected by the amniotic sac.

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REMINDER: Don’t forget to take a belly shot!

Belly photos at 35 weeks pregnant with twins

Ultrasound photos at 35 weeks pregnant with twins

Articles you should read this week

My Emergency C-section Delivery with Twins

When Nothing Goes to Plan: My Double-Whammy Twin Birth

Finding the Strength to Accept a C-Section

Videos to check out

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35 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

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