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If twins are born before 37 weeks, they are said to be premature. More specifically, twins born at 32 weeks are considered moderate to late preterm, according to the World Health Organization. This means that since these babies have hit a significant milestone in their development, they are no longer considered “very preterm” which is something quite comforting if you think about it.
Like any woman who is pregnant with twins, it is best to eliminate all doubts and have all questions answered, especially when it comes to the possibility of giving birth at the 32-week mark. This article aims to do just that.
Baby Centre UK explains that at 32 weeks, the weight of each twin is about 3.7 lbs (1.7 kg). From head to foot, they measure an average of 42 cm (16.5 in). It is possible that one twin may be bigger than the other. Both of the twins already look like newborns but they would still need more time to grow.
The twins’ movements can be a bit different because they no longer have that much space to move around. If you don’t feel them moving, try to lie down or drink something cold. This can help spur some movement. If you feel them squirm, then you know they’re fine.
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At this time, it would be best to know what symptoms are experienced and how to have a healthy pregnancy during this week.
Dr. Barbara Luke, author of “When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads,” says that fifty percent of twin pregnancies are born prematurely. Because of today’s advanced technology, the survival rate of babies born between 32 and 34 weeks has increased.
Although this is good news, there are still risks when twins are born at 32 weeks.
March of Dimes has released guidelines on “Life-saving Essential and Extra Newborn Care” for babies who are born preterm. These essentials include Kangaroo Mother Care (thermal care), infection prevention, and feeding support.
Kangaroo Mother Care, otherwise called thermal care, has proven mortality effect for babies. This is a way of caring for preemies by having mothers hold their baby involving skin-to-skin contact for at least one hour, as many times as possible.
The mother and the babies should be covered with a blanket while doing this. Other methods to maintain a baby’s temperature include drying, wrapping, increasing the environmental temperature, and covering the baby’s head with a knitted cap.
Since preemies are prone to bacteria, infection prevention is a must. Basic hygienic practices should be done religiously such as hand washing and maintaining a clean environment.
Lastly, extra support for breastfeeding is equally important. Initiating breastfeeding within one hour after birth reduces newborn mortality. This is because breast milk benefits premature babies nutritionally, immunologically, and developmentally. Methods to provide feeding support include cup feeding and tube feeding.
Mothers with twins born at 32 weeks need all the extra care and support they need. The challenges and joys that go along with caring for preemies can be a rollercoaster ride so it is important for everyone in the family to realize that each one has a significant role in caring for the twins, as well as the mom.
What’s important is that everyone steps up and does his or her part.
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