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26 Weeks Pregnant with Twins: Ultrasound, Symptoms, and More

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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…

Twin Pregnancy Symptoms at 26 Weeks

A single fetus at 26 weeks

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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.

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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

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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?

[thrive_text_block color=”blue” headline=”‘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?


  1. I got put on bed rest at 24 weeks. I literally can’t sleep at night now. I’m getting carpal tunnel, and the aches and pains are just increasing. I still puke everyday if not more than once a day. But my little boys are very active so it makes it worth it to poke at them and have them poke back. Very excited for the weeks to come. Only 12 weeks or less left!!!

  2. I’m 26 weeks pregnant with twins boy and girl. This has been the worst pregnancy I’ve ever had meaning my child father decided he don’t want to be a family right now this would make 4 children for us together and he wanted to play games I’m so lonely he thinks it’s ok to come back an forth with me and someone else who knows he has a family. How do I just stand up and tell him this has to stop I’m done with it all? Keep In mind ima so In love with him we have almost 10years in together what’s should I do?

  3. My daughter is 26 weeks pregnant with boy and girl twins….she has to f/u with a specialist to see the 4 chambers if the little girls heart..they say everything is fine but she just wouldn’t cooperate…has anybody else had this happen?

  4. I am 26 weeks pregnant with a boy and a girl, myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy word I’m just over this pregnancy because its nothing like my 1st one. I already have a small pelvic and carrying this two is been quite a mission everyday. I’m expected to deliver on the 14th of November but i don’t see that happening because Im already exhausted and in pain.

  5. First pregnancy, 26 weeks with identical twin boys. After trying for years, we had our prayers answered after they removed a tennis ball-sized mass from my ovaries. Now my hubby and I are blessed with babies! 😀 I’m 26, and have had 2 major back surgeries (one being a spinal fusion), making my pregnancy harder than it should be. My little boys are soooooo active, and their movements have been making me nauseous lately. Being tired, sore, and nauseous all of the time sure isn’t fun, but it will be worth it.
    I’ll be praying for all of you!

  6. Amazingly, I feel wonderful. Morning sickness is still there technically, but as long as I keep on taking Zofran, life is good. I have energy, can go for long walks, my appetite is gratefully normal now, I sleep great, and my twin girls are reportedly thriving. What more is there?! I’m enjoying this while it lasts and am so grateful! I expect the next few weeks to get harder!

  7. This is my first pregnancy and I’m having twin girls I’m 26 weeks. I have to admit the first trimester I was sick the second I have energy but going into my third one I’m gettong big and uncomfortable especially sleeping my two girls are growing and they are in my ribs, acid reflex and headaches But I am blessed and thankful and I know that this last trimester will go by fast.

  8. I am 26 weeks and 2 days pregnant with identical mono-di twin girls. I’ve been seeing a MFM doctor every 2 weeks for ultrasounds not every 4 weeks. Starting at 32 weeks I’ll have them twice a week until birth.

  9. I am 26 weeks with fraternal twin boys and I am so excited. I have 5 children from 2-9 and my other babies are as excited as I am. My hubby is so helpful with making me comfortable. I can’t wait to have these babies

  10. I’m 26 weeks pregnant with fraternal twin boys. I have two girls ages 7 and 3 and we are all excited to meet the boy. I’m 5’9 and I’ve gained 50lbs already! I know there is water weight but it’s crazy still and wondering what my final weight will be. The boys measure big and my belly is so big and full that I have terrible reflux. I eat tiny meals but if I drink water and lean forward it comes back into my mouth lol. I have SPD so that makes movement really painful. I am nesting so bad but I only can work on projects for ten min increments so frustrating. I’m so happy that pregnancy is not forever!

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