27 Weeks Pregnant With Twins: Symptoms, Ultrasound & Weight

Read about pregnancy symptoms and ultrasound from week 26+0 to 26+6. Learn about weight gain at 27 weeks pregnant with twins.

By Kate Phillipa Clark

At 27 weeks pregnant with twins, you should feel movement. If you don’t, it’s important that you contact your doctor or midwife. They should arrange for an ultrasound scan to check your babies heartbeats and movements.

Pregnancy symptoms & belly pictures

Your pregnancy might begin to feel more difficult. Common pregnancy symptoms at 27 weeks pregnant with twins are:

  • Your back and pelvis may be sore or ache. Think about your posture, and try to prevent swaying too much in your lower back.
  • You may feel uncomfortable and exhausted at this point in your pregnancy.
  • Unless you’ve struggled with hyperemesis gravidarum– excessive nausea and vomiting – during pregnancy, you will have gained quite a few pounds by now. Look at this twin pregnancy weight gain chart.
  • It’s completely normal to have braxton hicks contractions when you’re 27 weeks pregnant with twins. There’s nothing dangerous or worrisome about them. It’s your body’s way of preparing for birth. You just need to make sure that you can tell the difference between braxton hicks contractions and premature labor. Giving birth during week 27 is extremely premature, and you need to go to a hospital or medical facility as soon as possible should you be in labour.

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Baby size & fetal development

Your babies measure approximately 36,5 centimeters (14.37 inches), when you’re 27 weeks pregnant with twins. The median weight for dichorionic twins is 1063 grams (2lbs, 5oz) and for monochorionic twins it’s 1015 grams (2lbs, 3oz). Look at our estimated fetal weight charts to learn more about how twins grow in the second half of pregnancy. Your babies might not be as long or weigh as much as singleton babies at this point. It’s normal that twins weigh less than average and in general are smaller. This will even out in early childhood – unless your twins are genetically predisposed for being petite.

Ultrasound & survival rate at 27 weeks

In developed countries you’ll be monitored closely, when you’re pregnant with twins. Your doctor and midwife will do growth scans using ultrasound, and they will let you know if they think one or both of your babies are too small. They’ll intervene if possible. You can help by not smoking, drinking alcohol or eating very unhealthy as that puts you at risk of having a smaller child. If your babies are not growing enough, it can also be because the placenta(s) works poorly. A malfunctioning placenta can be caused by high blood pressure or preeclampsia. If you give birth to twins at 27 weeks, they’ll be born in the extremely premature category. The survival rate for extremely premature babies born in high-income settings has changed significantly over the past few decades. Less than 10 percent of extremely preterm babies die in high-income settings. More than 90 percent of extremely preterm babies born in low-income countries die within the first few days of life.

Pregnancy diet, exercise & prenatal vitamins

The stronger your body is, the less likely you are to feel pain in your back and pelvis. If you can manage, do some kind of exercise. Swimming is a good choice as the water partially supports weight, decreasing the burden on your pelvis and back. However, you can choose the kind of sport you like as long as it isn’t riding horses or contact sports like soccer, basketball or football. This is due to the risk of falling, being kicked or pushed.  Also, remember to take an iron supplement. This can help if you’re feeling exhausted due to an iron deficiency.

 

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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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