17 Weeks Pregnant With Twins: Symptoms, Belly & Ultrasound Pictures

Read about twin pregnancy symptoms from week 16+0 to 16+6. Look at belly and ultrasound pictures at 17 weeks pregnant with twins.

By Kate Phillipa Clark

When you’re 17 weeks pregnant with twins, you may not feel your babies kicking yet. It’s nothing to worry about if you’ve felt no movement at this stage of your pregnancy. However, you should feel your babies move within the next six weeks. If you’re worried, you should get an ultrasound scan to ensure that both babies are well.

Pregnancy symptoms & belly pictures

Other people can most likely tell that you’re pregnant by now. However, you can be 17 weeks pregnant with twins and not showing. It’s rare but possible. It depends on the shape you’re in, your twin pregnancy weigh gain, your pre-pregnancy weight and whether or not this is your first second trimester pregnancy. Other symptoms are:

  • Your uterus is growing continuously as your babies grow.
  • Your mucous membranes might swell up due to ramped up hormones, and you may feel like you have a cold all the time. This can make you snore.
  • You may experience an increased amount of vaginal discharge.
  • You may get a vaginal yeast infection. This is normal during pregnancy due to an altered pH value in the vagina. Itching is the main indicator of vaginal yeast infection. You need to see your doctor, if you suspect that you might have an infection.
  • You may get sick more often. The body is less able to fight infection, because your immune system is suppressed during pregnancy.

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Baby size & development

When you’re 17 weeks pregnant with twins, your babies are approximately 13 cm (5.12 inches) from head to rump. Your babies are at times very active. There’s still plenty of space in your uterus. Your babies nervous systems are already so well developed that your babies to some extent are able to coordinate their movements. They’re kicking their legs and can do somersaults – both forwards and backwards. When your babies move they’re mostly twitching. They react if they hear a loud sound from outside the womb that startle them.

17 weeks pregnant with twins ultrasound pictures

This ultrasound picture is taken at 16+1 weeks. The twins are di-di twins meaning that they have separate sacs and placentas.

twin ultrasound 17 weeks

This ultrasound picture is taken at 16+6 weeks. The twins have separate sacs and placentas. This makes them di-di twins.

twin ultrasound 17 weeks

Pregnancy diet, nutrition & prenatal vitamins

Take iron supplements if your doctor or midwife recommends it. Also, stay active. You reduce the risk of backaches, constipation, bloating and swelling if you exercise at least half an hour a day. Don’t force yourself to go to a gym if you don’t like gyms. Pick an activity you like – at least one you don’t hate. Set the bar low if you’re lacking motivation or energy. Going for a short brisk walk is much better than not going at all.

 

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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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