You’re 26 weeks pregnant with twins. You’re probably starting to slow down a little now, considering you’ve put on almost two stone in extra weight. But there’s only more to come.
Read on to learn what you’re going to be facing this week, and whether it’s only going to get worse…
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Your Twin Babies at 26 Weeks Pregnant
Your babies might be opening their eyes for the first time! That’s amazing! For the past few months, your babies eyelids have been fused shut to keep their eyes safe and allow the retinas to grow without being damaged. But now, they’re ready to start seeing the world.
Unfortunately, there’s not much to see in the darkness of the womb, but if you walk around in direct sunlight or shine a bright light at your belly, you might feel your babies move or kick in response!
In terms of size, your little ones could be anywhere from 1.7lbs to 2lbs in weight, and are almost 14 inches from head to toe. As twins, expect them to be a little smaller than the average, but still very close to this benchmark.
Twin Pregnancy Symptoms at 26 Weeks
As you progress through your twin pregnancy, the list of symptoms does as well. Expect the same sort of things you’ve been facing for the last few weeks, but slightly worse.
- Swelling: Swollen feet, swollen legs, swollen hands and fingers. Swollen everything. Although this is normal, it is annoying. Keep yourself on the move as much as possible to encourage the fluids and blood in your body to flow. You only need to contact your doctor if your swelling suddenly gets worse, or becomes painful.
- Braxton Hicks contractions: You might start having these this week if you haven’t already. To go over common ground, this is just your body getting ready for the delivery, all those weeks in the future. As long as they don’t last long, it’s nothing to worry about. If they start coming in waves, or last longer than a minute or so, call the doctor.
- Issues getting to sleep: You should be sleeping on your side anyway, which can be hard for some women to get used to, but it’s probably going to get harder and harder to get a decent night’s shut eye the closer you get to your due date, because of hormones and all those aches and pains. Make sure you’re using a pregnancy pillow for better support.
- Forgetting things: It’s called pregnancy brain, and it’s a recognised, if unexplainable phenomenon. In our opinion though? A combination of nasty hormones and all that damn pressure you’re under can combine to make remembering everything you have to do hard. That’s why we always recommend notebooks and lists. Can’t forget something if it’s written down, right?
- Increase in blood pressure: Your blood pressure has been steadily increasing over the past few weeks, which can contribute to other issues like dizziness and headaches. It’s normally not anything to worry about, but if it gets too high your doctor might want to monitor it more closely, because it can be a sign of underlying issues.
26 Weeks Ultrasound Twins
You shouldn’t be having scans right now. There’s literally no reason to. As of week 28 it all goes on. You hit the third trimester, scans become far more regular (every two weeks, rather than four) and it becomes much more important to monitor what’s going on.
So try and relax. After all these are the last couple of easy weeks you can expect to have.
Things to Do This Week for a Healthy Pregnancy
- Your babies are aware of the world around them now, including your voice, so spend some time with them, and with yourself.
- Check to make sure that you’ve got everything ready vis a vis the hospital. Register with your medical practitioner, tour your maternity ward, and talk over any queries and worries you might have with your doctors and nurses.
Worth Buying Now
This week were talking about sleep again because it is so critical to their development, but also for your sanity! Here are some recommendations:
- You enjoy sleeping on a comfortable mattress right? Well so do the little ones. This crib mattress is our favorite.
- A white noise machine can help create a soothing, sleep inducing environment.
- You’re going to need baby monitors. This one comes highly recommended and has the option to add a second camera – perfect for twins 🙂
- Why not set up your Baby Registry?
'Must Haves' in Trimester 2
We asked the TwinStuff Community what their Must Have products were during the second Trimester:
Are you 26 weeks pregnant with twins?
Almost to the third trimester! That’s exciting right? We think so too.
The next few weeks are going to be harder than what’s come, but you’ve come this far, so we know you can deal with whatever’s throw at you.
If you feel like you need any help, advice, or just somewhere to vent, we’re here. Whatever it is you need, drop us a comment! How do you feel at 26 weeks pregnant with twins?