38 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

38 weeks pregnant with twins

38 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

What can you expect at 38 weeks pregnant with twins? You can expect to CELEBRATE because this is the official end of your twin pregnancy! Most doctors won’t let a twin pregnancy go past 38 weeks due to risk of complications. So CONGRATS!!! You did it!!!

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37 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

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What’s going on with those twinnies?

Are you curious about your twins’ eye colors? Their irises are not fully pigmented, so if they are born with blue eyes, for example, they could change to a darker color up until they’re about a year old.

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38 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

Birth those babies! I bet you’re MORE than ready to evict those two little cuties from your ever-growing belly. 

Take advantage of all the help you have in the hospital. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from the nurses, lactation consultants, etc. and (if your babies are up with you in your room) have the nurses take the babies to the nursery as often as you need to so that you can get some rest. This is your chance to take advantage of 24/7 care!

Finalize help you’ll have once you come home from the hospital. If you don’t have help from family and friends, hire a postpartum doula. You’ll thank us!

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5 pregnancy tips

5 tips for a better 38th week of your twin pregnancy

Eat small, frequent meals to avoid more heartburn and feeling too bloated.

Just lay in bed and have your spouse bring you things. Walkie talkies help!

Try to sleep as much as possible.

Watch all the Netflix!

Write a letter to your babies about how excited you are to meet them.

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Advice from other Twiniversity moms when they were 38 weeks pregnant with twins

Just get through it! You have made it all the way to the end of a full-term twin pregnancy and all that’s left to do is rest until it’s delivery time. You will be feeling really uncomfortable at this point but just remember that you will have your babies in your arms so soon! HANG IN THERE! – Julie N., Morton Grove, IL

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Concerns other Twiniversity moms had when they were 38 weeks pregnant with twins

Everything hurts.

I can’t sleep for more than an hour before having to get up to pee or get into a new position.

It’s really hard to get out of bed because I’m as big as a whale.

I can’t pick up anything off the floor — thank God I bought that grabber!

My skin itches so bad and I can’t wait to get these babies out of me!!!

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doctor questions

Questions Twiniversity moms had for their doctors when they were 38 weeks pregnant with twins

How am I still pregnant?

When will this be over?

Any last words of advice?

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.

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.

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38 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

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

The Belly Book Pregnancy Journal

Snoogle Pregnancy Pillow

Boppy Pregnancy Wedge

Boppy Pregnancy Support Pillow


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what to do when you're having two

An excerpt from Twiniversity founder Natalie Diaz’s book, “What To Do When You’re Having Two

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Don’t Be Shy about Taking Supplies

When they bring you your babies, they will be in these little bassinets with a drawer underneath that is full of diapers, wipes, washcloths, measuring tapes, bulb syringes, and all sorts of other goodies.  You are never, ever, EVER, to send those babies back with anything in that drawer. They throw all of that stuff out if you don’t take it, so take it. Bring an empty bag with you to the hospital for this specific purpose.  Don’t be shy about asking for more, either. You just had twins. You can ask the nurses for an extra pack of diapers or see if they have any extra formula. Chances are, they will be more than happy to hook you up.

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

38 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

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SOURCES

AAFP. 2011c. Your baby’s development: The third trimester. American Academy of Family Physicians. http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/pregnancy-newborns/fetal-health/your-babys-development-the-third-trimester.html

Mayo Clinic. 2014b. Fetal development: The third trimester. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/fetal-development/art-20045997

MedlinePlus (ADAM). 2015. Fetal development. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002398.htm

OWH. 2010. Stages of pregnancy. U.S. Office on Women’s Health. http://www.womenshealth.gov/pregnancy/you-are-pregnant/stages-of-pregnancy.html

ACOG. 2015. FAQ156. Prenatal development: How your baby grows during pregnancy. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. http://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Prenatal-Development-How-Your-Baby-Grows-During-Pregnancy#one

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