37 Weeks Pregnant with Twins
37 weeks?? Amazing! Any day now you could be meeting your twinnies!
What can you expect at 37 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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What’s going on with those twinnies?
Median weight for dichorionic twins: 6lbs, 5oz
Median weight for monochorionic twins: 5lbs, 15oz
Your delivery day could be any day now! Babies are officially considered “full-term” at 37 weeks so if you’ve made it this far your babies may completely avoid the NICU. Woo hoo!
37 Weeks Pregnant with Twins
Binge watch some TV shows you’ve been meaning to try. Enjoy sitting on your butt as much as possible because any day now those twins will be here and you’ll be off to the races!
Write in your journal to capture these final days before the baby arrives. It will be a total hoot to look back at these journal entries someday and reflect on how far you’ve come.
Try your best to keep your mind off how uncomfortable you are! You’re so close to delivery! Warm baths, ice packs, anything you can do to keep yourself comfortable — do it.
5 tips for a better 37th week of your twin pregnancy
Rest as much as possible
Drink at least 100 oz of water a day
Moisturize your belly as much as possible
Talk to your doctor about last minute birth plan questions
Finalize hospital bags
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Advice from other Twiniversity moms when they were 37 weeks pregnant with twins
Stay strong! It’s almost over. Rest, rest rest! Drink lots of water. Treat yourself to something nice like a manicure and pedicure (but be aware that they may take some nail polish off one finger if you’re having a c-section). – Daniela L., Chicago, IL
Be patient with yourself, count your kicks for each baby, and make sure you listen to your body. It is better to go in and be monitored than have regrets and unanswered questions. – Danielle S., North Carolina
Rest as much as you can and take care of yourself. As hard as it can be, let your partner help you around the house. – Betsy H., Anthem, AZ
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Concerns other Twiniversity moms had when they were 37 weeks pregnant with twins
Going into labor naturally.
Making it to induction day.
Concerned about giving birth. Also concerned about breastfeeding.
Every contraction puts me on edge thinking it’s time. I am learning to relax, drink water and listen to my body.
I’m a little scared about my c-section and recovery. The impending arrival of the twins is seeming more and more real.
Questions Twiniversity moms had for their doctors when they were 37 weeks pregnant with twins
What is the plan for delivering vaginally in the operating room?
What do I need to do to prepare for my induction?
How do I know if they are real contractions and not just Braxton-Hicks?
We reviewed my birth plan
What position are the babies in?
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.
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.
37 Weeks Pregnant with Twins
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If you should have any tearing during a vaginal delivery, I strongly recommend that you use the squeegee bottle as much as possible. What is a squeegee bottle? Well, it’s a soft plastic bottle with a plastic top that has tiny spouts at the end. You squeeze the bottle and water gushes out. This is the best method of cleaning yourself after using the toilet for the first several days after delivery. After tearing or stitches, toilet paper will not be your friend. Even urinating may sting. Make sure you take an extra squeegee bottle or two home from the hospital, because they are very hard to find in a pharmacy (or look into the Fridababy Fridet, the “mom washer”).
REMINDER: Don’t forget to take a belly shot!
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