34 Weeks Pregnant with Twins: Ultrasound, Symptoms, and More
At 34 weeks pregnant with twins, you’re maybe a month before your expected due date. Of course, your doctor might have told you differently, but either way, you’re getting so close!
A single fetus at 34 weeks
Your Twin Babies at 34 Weeks Pregnant
For the past couple of weeks, your baby’s senses have been working properly, and even listening to the outside world.
This means that they can hear you, listening closely to everything you say and everything you do. So be careful what you’re saying, because they’ll hear it all!
You might have been singing for your babies before, but you should definitely start doing it now. Experts say that babies actually recognise the songs that were sung to them in the womb, and respond favorably to them.
Both of your babies are around 17 inches long now, and weigh at least 4.5 pounds. They’re the size of a large butternut squash, and they’re only going to get bigger!
If you’re monitoring your babies kicks, (and you probably should be) you might notice that they feel a little different in the last few weeks.
This isn’t your babies slowing down, which you might have heard before. It’s just that it’s getting a little cramped in there, especially since you’re carrying twins, so kicking out gets a bit more difficult.
Twin Pregnancy Symptoms at 34 Weeks
This week is pretty much the last week that you can expect any new symptoms, so from here on out, don’t expect to see anything you haven’t seen before. This week, expect:
- Affected vision: You might occasionally find yourself with blurry or slightly off vision in the next few weeks. This can be caused by multiple issues, including fatigue, fluid build up in and around the eyes, or our favorite friend, hormones.
- Tiredness: This one’s obvious, and you’ve definitely dealt with it by now, but as the weeks roll on, your get less and less sleep and your babies put more and more strain on your body, it can only get worse. Just make sure you get as much as rest as you possibly can.
- Constipation and haemorrhoids: The heavier your babies get, the harder it gets to go to the toilet, leading to constipation. Because you’ll be straining whenever you need to do your business, plus the pressure of your children, you’re likely to develop haemorrhoids at some point. All you can do is eat a balanced diet, high in fibre, and make sure you’re hydrated. In most cases, you’ll go back to normal as soon as your babies are here.
- Swelling and aching legs and feet: Keep off your feet when you can, stretch, and elevate your feet when you can. It’s okay to rest. We’re into the last two months after all.
- Braxton Hicks contractions: If you haven’t had these by now, even as just a little bit, we’d be surprised. This is just your body getting used to the mechanics of birth, and getting ready for that big day. If it starts to hurt, or it gets regular, always contact your doctor, just in case you’re going into premature labor.
34 Weeks Ultrasound Twins
You’ve almost definitely got an appointment this week, an antenatal with your OB who will run you through everything that you’re going to need to know when it comes time for the birth.
You might have questions including what your pain relief options are, how your birth plan is going to go, and what to do when your waters break and you start getting contractions.
In the next few weeks, you’re going to be seeing you OB a whole lot more, as much as once a week, because there’s a whole lot of tests coming. We’ll deal with them when we come to them, though.
You might also have a barrage of tests, especially since you’re pregnant with twins. Expect an ultrasound and non-stress test, to check up on everything and make sure that everything is going fine.
It’s completely normal, since you’ve got twins, to have these frequently. As often as every couple of weeks, so don’t worry if your doctor insists on booking you in again when you’re leaving.
Things To Do this Week for a Healthy Pregnancy
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- Make sure you’re on time for all of your appointments. This isn’t the time for pregnancy mind.
- Have you had your baby shower yet? If not, you might need to get going. Your babies could come any day now!
- Why not set up your Baby Registry?
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Are You 34 Weeks Pregnant with Twins?
Most twins are born around week 37. That means this week is the first week of your last month of being pregnant! Hooray! For a lot of first time moms, the idea of getting through this and being a mom for the first time can be overwhelming.
But don’t worry. We’re here to help, with any questions and queries you might have. So no matter what it is, drop us a comment, and we’ll do what we can to answer you! How do you feel at 34 weeks pregnant with twins?