At 24 weeks pregnant with twins, your babies are growing and gaining weight. For every week, they are becoming bigger and stronger. Look at our estimated fetal weight charts to learn more about how twins grow in the second half of pregnancy.
Pregnancy symptoms & belly pictures
Your twin pregnancy weight gain may cause you back pain, and you could be feeling exhausted or quite tired. Get your iron levels checked. An iron deficiency will make you more tired than usual. Another pregnancy symptom at 24 weeks pregnant with twins is:
- Swelling throughout your body particularly in your feet and ankles. It happens because your body is holding on to more fluid than usual. The increased pressure in your leg veins, and pressure from your growing children on the big veins in your groin, adds to the problem. Ironically, to remedy swelling, you need to drink plenty of water. It’s important to stay hydrated as this will help your body to hoard less water. Eating a healthy, nutritious diet and staying away from too much fat and sugar will also help. Exercise and lying with your legs up high when you have the chance might also do the trick. Lying with your legs up high, takes the pressure off your leg veins, the blood is pumped back towards your heart and swelling is reduced.
Baby size & development
Your babies measure around 30 centimeters (11.81 inches), when you’re 24 weeks pregnant with twins. The median weight for dichorionic twins is 702 grams (1lbs, 8oz) and for monochorionic twins it’s 689 grams (1lbs, 8oz). The eyes of your babies are now fully developed, and their eyelids can open. Your babies can blink, and they’re able to see. They can distinguish light from dark. They aren’t able to see very far yet.
Ultrasound & movement
You should be able to feel your children’s movements, when you’re 24 weeks pregnant with twins. You might not feel them kicking at first. It may feel more like gentle taps. If you haven’t felt your babies move for the first time by now, you should get an ultrasound scan to make sure that your pregnancy is progressing as expected. During an ultrasound scan, the sonographer will measure your babies to make sure that their weights are appropriate for their gestation, and that they are growing as expected. If your babies aren’t growing as expected, you may have babies who are small for their gestational age (SGA).
Small babies & intrauterine growth restriction
Small for gestational age babies usually have birth weights below the 10th percentile for babies of the same gestational age. This means that 90 percent of babies of the same gestational age are bigger than they are. SGA babies can be small because of genetics, because their parents are small. In those cases, the babies are developing as they should be, they are simply smaller than most other babies. However, most SGA babies are small because of growth problems that occur during pregnancy. Many of those babies have a condition called intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). IUGR occurs when a baby does not receive the necessary nutrients and oxygen needed for proper growth and development of organs and tissues. IUGR can begin at any time during pregnancy. Because you are expecting twins, you may also hear about selective intrauterine growth restriction (sIUGR). sIUGR refers to poor growth in one of your twins while the other one is developing as expected.
Pregnancy diet, exercise & prenatal vitamins
It’s important to increase blood circulation in your lower legs. Your uterus is pressing on blood vessels in the pelvis and makes the blood circulation in your legs and anus slow down. There is less reflux, and the blood might collect or pool in the veins and cause both varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your anus and lower rectum, similar to varicose veins. You can increase blood circulation by exercising. This will ensure that blood is pumped back to the heart from your calf muscles and veins. Walking or running are good ways to get the blood flowing but rocking your feet back and forth on the ground from heel to toe may help too. Also, remember to take an iron supplement.