34 weeks pregnant with twins: Twin pregnancy week by week

Read about pregnancy week 33+0 to 33+6. You’re now 34 weeks pregnant with twins.

By Kate Phillipa Clark

Your babies measure approximately 45 centimeters (17.72 inches), when you’re 34 weeks pregnant with twins. The median weight for dichorionic twins is 2300 grams (5lbs, 1oz) and for monochorionic twins it’s 2183 grams (4lbs, 13oz). Look at our estimated fetal weight charts to learn more about how twins grow in the second half of pregnancy.

How are my babies developing?

The main thing your babies need to focus on, when you’re 34 weeks pregnant with twins, is growing and gaining weight. Premature labour is highly likely in a twin pregnancy, so your doctor and midwife will monitor you closely. Read about early signs that you are going into labour. They’ll look for whether or not twin A – the baby closes to the cervix – is head down. If twin A is not in a head-down position, you’ll most likely be offered a c-section in a few weeks.

How might I feel?

Your pelvis might be tender or sore. It’s heavy to carry two children around. Make sure you set aside time to rest during the day – a short nap in the early afternoon is good for your body as well as your energy level.

What do I need to remember?

Because twins tend to be born early, they’re more likely than singletons to spend time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) after birth. This will most likely be the case if you give birth when you’re 34 weeks pregnant with twins – but not necessarily. It may also occur that one baby is discharged and the other is left in special care. It’s stressful having babies admitted in the NICU. Get all the help and support you can from family members and friends.
If you’re still pregnant, when you’re 34 weeks pregnant with twins, remember to take your iron supplements. You should continue with your iron supplements until a few weeks after birth, if you lose a lot of blood during labour.

The woman in these pictures is 33+5 weeks pregnant with twins. The twins are her babies #2 and #3.


Read about next week – week 35

 

About the Author

Kate Phillipa Clark

Kate Phillipa Clark has a bachelor in Journalism and an Executive Master in Corporate Communication. She is an identical twin and so is her father.

 

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