32 Weeks Pregnant With Twins: Symptoms, Weight & Pelvic Pain
At 32 weeks pregnant with twins you might be thinking about labor and when you’ll give birth. It’s very unlikely that your pregnancy will reach full term but you may give birth at term.
That’s when you’re at least 37+0 weeks pregnant. About half of women pregnant with twins give birth at term. Many doctors recommend that you get a c-section or induction at least 2-4 weeks prior to you being full term with twins. Full-term with twins is 40+0 weeks.
Take Care of Yourself First: Pregnancy diet, exercise & prenatal vitamins
Like with the other muscles in your body, it’s a good idea to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. This will help ensure that you won’t experience urinary incontinence during pregnancy and postpartum.
Your doctor or midwife can refer you to a women’s health physiotherapist. The physiotherapist will be able to teach you how to strengthen your pelvic floor with a few exercises you can do on your own.
Also, make sure to take iron supplements consistently. These iron supplements will help you much when you go into labor and lose a lot of blood.
Pregnancy symptoms & belly pictures
You’re getting closer to your due date, and you may have more braxton hicks contractions. That’s your body preparing for labor. Other common symptoms at 32 weeks pregnant with twins are:
- Pelvic pain. Your babies are getting heavier, and it puts pressure on the muscles in your pelvic floor.
- The added weight, contractions, and pain in your body makes you feel uncomfortable and exhausted – maybe even miserable.
- It may affect how well you sleep. It might be hard to find a comfortable position.
- You may notice that you pee a little if you sneeze, cough or exercise. This is because pregnancy hormones loosen your pelvic floor. The weight of your babies stretches it further.
Twin birth plan & hospital bag
There are a few things you might want to get sorted out before you give birth.
Most prefer to pack their own bag for the hospital, and some women would like to make a twin birth plan. If you have a partner, remember to include him or her in this process.
Your partner won’t be the one to give birth, but it’s still important to be inclusive. Most partners prefer having a few things they can help with during labor. Otherwise, they can feel left out or helpless.
Twin birth plan
Some couples make a twin birth plan to decide together how they’d like the birthing environment and pain to be managed. It’s totally okay to “go-with-the-flow” and not have any specific wishes, you just need to be sure that this is how you and your partner feel.
Some women experience during birth that they change their mind and want something else. Rejecting the mutual decision can make their partner feel left out. Talk about this beforehand, and let your partner know whether or not you would like his or her help to stick to the original decision.
Be aware that the process can easily be changed due to complications or if your doctor or midwife believes that an alternative might be better for you. Listen to yourself, but also be open to suggestions from the specialized staff.
Needing to change a birth plan is normal and should not make you feel like a failure. Talk with your midwife, doctor or partner postpartum, if you have regrets or questions about how the birth went.
Hospital bag for twins
If you haven’t already, you might want to start getting your bag ready for the hospital. You don’t necessarily need to pack the bag, but make a detailed list. Your partner or close relatives might have to pack it for you, should you go into labor sooner than you think.
32 weeks pregnant with twins & preterm labor
Twins born at 32 weeks are considered moderate to late preterm which means that they’ve hit a major milestone. They’re no longer considered born very preterm.
The survival rate for twins born at 32 weeks is very good in high-income countries. Almost all babies born at 32 weeks survive. In low-income settings, half of the babies born at or below 32 weeks die.
Twins born at 32 weeks require assistance to breathe and they’ll need help eating. Read our twin birth stories and stories from mothers giving birth to identical twins with TTTS or TAPS.
These twins were born prematurely at 31+3 weeks.
Baby weight & fetal development
Your babies measure approximately 42,5 centimeters (16.73 inches) when you’re 32 weeks pregnant with twins. The median weight for dichorionic twins is 1929 grams (4lbs, 4oz) and for monochorionic twins, it’s 1821 grams (4lbs).
Look at our estimated fetal weight charts to learn more about how twins grow in the second half of pregnancy. If you’re having a girl (or more), her clitoris is not yet covered by the still small labia. They’ll grow to cover the clitoris in the last few weeks before birth.
Your children are often in a sought of “dozed-off” state between sleeping and being awake. They can move even though they’re dozing off. You’ll feel their most powerful movements.
There’s activity in their brains, both when they sleep and are awake. Once they’re born, they’ll be able to remember a specific song if you play or sing it regularly.
They’ll be able to recognize your voice and the voice of people you talk to on a daily basis.
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