37 Weeks Pregnant With Twins: Signs of Labor, Symptoms & Fetal Development

Read about signs of labor, symptoms and fetal development from week 36+0 to 36+6. You’re now 37 weeks pregnant with twins.

By Kate Phillipa Clark

Next week is the official week for when your twins are considered born at term. They’re considered born at term if they’re born at 37+0 weeks. This means that they aren’t expected to have any issues in relation to prematurity. You probably know by now that the position of your twins is crucial for whether or not you’ll give birth vaginally. Be aware that even though twin a is head down, some doctors and midwives prefer to deliver twins by c-section. This may be because they worry that the second twin will run into difficulties during the delivery, particularly if he or she is not head down. Other doctors recommend vaginal birth as long as twin a is head down. Read more about twins and vaginal birth.

Signs of labor at 37 weeks pregnant with twins

It’s completely normal to be 37 weeks pregnant with twins and experience no signs of labor yet. However, if you’re expecting identical twins that share a placenta, some doctors won’t let you reach this pregnancy week. They recommend that monochorionic twins should be delivered at 36+0 weeks – either by c-section or by inducing labor if you haven’t gone into labor naturally. Other doctors believe monochorionic twins should be delivered at 37+0 weeks. Most doctors will let dichorionic twins – fraternal twins and identical twins that have separate placentas and sacs – wait a bit longer. Recommendations differ here as well. Some would like to deliver at 37+0 weeks whereas other will induce labor at some point during week 39.

Fetal development & baby weight

Your babies measure approximately 48 centimeters (18.90 inches), when you’re 37 weeks pregnant with twins. The median weight for dichorionic twins is 2869 grams (6lbs, 5oz) and for monochorionic twins it’s 2697 grams (5lbs, 15oz). Look at our estimated fetal weight charts to learn more about how twins grow in the second half of pregnancy. Your babies are still putting on layers of fat. They help your children stay warm.

Pregnancy symptoms & belly pictures

You may be fed up with being pregnant at 37 weeks pregnant with twins. You want to meet your babies as soon as possible. Common symptoms are:

  • You feel uncomfortable and your body is tired and hurting from carrying two children.
  • Some women are fine with being pregnant or would like to stay pregnant because they’re nervous or scared about giving birth to twins. If you’re feeling anxious, it’s important that you share those feelings with someone you trust. Going into labor scared without telling anyone isn’t optimal. It’s a good idea to let your doctor or midwife know about how you feel. They might be able to offer you some sort of extra support.

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Pregnancy diet, exercise & prenatal vitamins

Remember to take an iron supplement. Making sure that your iron levels aren’t too low is important as an iron deficiency will make you feel exhausted and weak. You can get a blood test to find out whether or not your iron levels are as high as they should be.


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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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