At or around 26 weeks pregnant with twins, women often begin their maternity leave or go on sick leave. It differs a bit, depending on the country you live in and your health, how well your pregnancy is going, and the type of work you do. Talk to your doctor or midwife about it. Ask your manager or the HR department about whether or not they offer more generous occupational maternity leave than the statutory amount. If you are a stay-at-home mom, you might need help with your other children. Consider asking family members or friends for help.
Pregnancy symptoms & belly pictures
- During pregnancy, the pelvic bones and joints – like the rest of your body – are affected by the hormones. When your uterus grows, it weighs gradually more on the pelvis and can cause pain.
- You may feel uncomfortable and exhausted at this point in your pregnancy. A break during the day, a few times a week, can do wonders for your level of energy. It’s important that you rest instead of working or doing things around the house.
Movement & ultrasound
You should feel movement by now but it varies a great deal how often you’ll feel your babies kick. If you’re worried, then contact your midwife or doctor. They may arrange for an ultrasound scan to check your babies heartbeats and movements. It’s quite normal that one baby is more active than the other. You should react if one of your babies all of a sudden changes his or her pattern significantly.
Baby size & fetal development
Your babies measure approximately 35,5 centimeters (13.98 inches), when you’re 26 weeks pregnant with twins. The median weight for dichorionic twins is 941 grams (2lbs, 1oz) and for monochorionic twins it’s 908 grams (2lbs). Look at our estimated fetal weight charts to learn more about how twins grow in the second half of pregnancy. Your babies brains develop rapidly now, and cerebral convolutions appear. The convolutions look like characteristic furrows. When you’re 26 weeks pregnant with twins, your children’s skin are still thin but no longer transparent. Their skin grow thicker every week. It’s covered by lanugo hair. Lanugo hair is thin, soft, downy hair. It’s normally shed before birth but is sometimes present at birth. However, if it’s present at birth, it will disappear on its own within a few days or weeks after birth. Your babies now have eyebrows and their hairlines are beginning to show.
Pregnancy diet, exercise & prenatal vitamins
To help prevent or soften pain in your pelvic bones and joints, consider moving your body regularly to get the blood flowing. A short walk, a few times a day, will benefit you.
Also, remember to take an iron supplement. Feeling exhausted can stem from an iron deficiency.