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24 weeks pregnant with twins, and your little twinnies are growing faster than ever.
They’re really packing on the weight, and because of that, on your end you can expect more of the symptoms that affect your body, like aches and pains.
Read on to find out what to expect this week, and what you can do about it.
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By now, your twins are almost a foot long, and probably weigh somewhere around 1.3lbs. If you need an image, pick up an average sized cantaloupe and cradle it in your hands. Surprising, right?
This is because your babies are putting on anywhere up to 5 or 6 ounces of weight per week right now. Bones are thickening, muscles are strengthening, and the layer of subcutaneous fat we all have under the skin is getting thicker and thicker.
On top of this, your baby’s faces are pretty much how they will be when they’re born, including having all of their hairs, from the hair on their head, all the way to tiny little eyelashes and eyebrows.
Although, right now all of their hair is pure white, because the pigmentation process that gives their hair its natural color isn’t being produced yet.
Internally, your babies are learning how to breathe, even though they’re still in the womb. Their lungs are producing more and more of the distinctive branched cell patterns that absorb oxygen with each breath, ready for that first big gasp (and probably cry) when they come out of the womb!
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Right now, you’re starting to get a taste of the coming symptoms of pregnancy, and as you get bigger, expect them to only get worse. But that’s fine. This is a great opportunity to see what’s coming and learn how to deal with it. So right now, you can expect to be feeling:
You might be having an ultrasound this week, but most of the big scans are done for the time being.
Instead, in the next few weeks you might be having a glucose screening test, to check for gestational diabetes.
Don’t worry. It’s a relatively unobtrusive check up, and all you have to do is drink a sugary drink that they’ll give you, then sit around for an hour or so reading magazines and checking Facebook until they call you back in.
In most cases, that’ll be the end of it, but for some women, there will be another test to see if they’re fine, that’s much the same thing.
Either way, your doctors know what they’re doing, and there’s absolutely nothing to worry about. So just relax and go with it. More unnecessary stress is never a good thing.
This week were focusing on feeding time. Remember it’s worth getting these things organised in advance. You want to be able to relax towards the end of your pregnancy knowing that you have everything prepared.
You’re probably starting to slow down a little by now. That’s fine. You’re carrying twins. You’ve got twice the pressure most normal moms go through.
So it’s fine to take it easy every now and then, especially if you’re a little frazzled and overstressed. Take some time for yourself, relax, and get your feet up. Especially if you’re resting swollen feet.
If you need any tips, take a look around, and feel free to ask questions. We love hearing from our readers, no matter what they need. How do you feel at 24 weeks pregnant with twins?
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