35 Weeks Pregnant with Twins: Ultrasound, Symptoms, and More
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You’re 35 weeks pregnant with twins! You’re so close!
Considering most twins are born only a few weeks from now, if that, I’m sure it’s got you wondering.
Every movement of your babies, every little cramp and ache down there, and you’re thinking about whether it’s finally the big day! But is it? Maybe not yet. If you’re still on the journey, read on to find out what this week holds.
We’re sure you’re used to these symptoms by now. After all, you’re almost eight months into your twin pregnancy (Click here for more twin pregnancy information).
A single fetus at 35 weeks
Your Twin Babies at 35 Weeks Pregnant
Right now, your babies are almost at birth size and weight, measuring around 18 inches from top to toe, and weighing anywhere up to 5 or 5.5 pounds, which is around the size of a small honeydew melon!
In terms of looks, they’re basically identical to how they’ll look when they’re finally born, so if they come a little early, they’ll generally be fine, if a little lighter than standard.
They’re also probably moving into a head down birth position, which you might be feeling over the coming few days.
If they haven’t, then there’s a few things you can do to encourage them, including bouncing on a birthing ball, sitting on a chair facing the backrest and rocking gently, and getting onto all fours and moving your hips around.
Twin Pregnancy Symptoms at 35 Weeks
- Constantly needing to pee: This is only going to get worse as your babies move down over your pelvis. Just go to the loo as often as you can, and make sure you don’t get dehydrated, because that can bring on early labor.
- Constipation: Yes, you’re going to have issues from both ends. Except this one is the opposite. Try and eat a high fibre diet, and if you have to, ask your doctor what medication is okay to take whilst pregnant.
- More aches and pains: You’ll be feeling pretty achy over the coming weeks, but on the upside, there’s a good reason for it this time. Your body will start to relax ligaments and tendons all around your lower body, to make everything easy and ready for delivery day.
- Braxton Hicks: The contractions are still coming, and they’re possibly even getting stronger. Like we’ve said all along, they’re nothing to worry about as long as they don’t last too long, and they stop when you move. If they last a while, you get several in one hour, or they don’t stop when you move around, let your doctor know immediately.
35 Weeks Ultrasound Twins
In the coming couple of weeks, you should have a group B Strep test. This is a simple swap of your genital area that checks for a common, and for adults harmless bacteria.
If you have it, it won’t do anything to you, but it could cause issues with your babies at birth, so if they find any traces, you’ll be given antibiotics to kill it early, before your due date.
In the mean time, expect all the standard tests and scans. You might be seeing your doctor for another ultrasound this week, and you’re probably also seeing your OB again.
Things To Do this Week for a Healthy Pregnancy
Now is the perfect time to go over the signs of labor. Bear in mind that the expected due date for twins is around week 37, and 1 in 10 singleton moms have a premature birth as well, so knowing this is really important.
Here’s the big three signs. If you get any of these, or a combination, it’s time to grab your hospital bag and get in the car.
- Painful contractions: The big difference. The pain. Braxton Hicks contractions feel tight across the belly. But if you’re getting pain across your abdomen, belly or back, it could be real.
- Regular contractions: Real contractions won’t stop, for any reason. It’s the opposite. They only get worse. Your doctor should have told you when it’s time to call in, but as a rule of thumb, when they’re 5 minutes apart for a first pregnancy, and around 15 minutes apart for second and further pregnancies.
- Your water breaking: This is the one that everyone remembers, because it’s all over film and TV. Unlike all the shows we’ve seen, sometimes water breaking comes as a slow, gentle trickle over time, rather than one gushing waterfall.
Are You 35 Weeks Pregnant with Twins?
Pretty soon, you’ll be the proud parent of two happy little twins, but in the meantime, we’ve got you covered.
Remember, if there’s ever anything we don’t cover, or if you’ve got a question, no matter how strange, message us in the comments. We love to hear from all of our readers.
How do you feel at 35 weeks pregnant with twins?