38 Weeks Pregnant With Twins: No Signs of Labor, Induction & C-section

Read about experiencing no signs of labor from week 37+0 to 37+6. Learn about induction and c-section at 38 weeks pregnant with twins.

By Kate Phillipa Clark

If you give birth at 38 weeks pregnant with twins, they’re considered born at term. If they stay in your womb, they’ll continue to put on layers of fat. Your placenta(s) also continues to grow.

Pregnancy symptoms & belly pictures

You may begin noticing early signs of labor. If you experience no signs of labor, your doctor or midwife might recommend a c-section or induction. This is because the risk of stillbirth and other complications in twins increases slightly in the weeks prior to you reaching full term. That’s 40+0 weeks. Many doctors will induce labor or do a c-section on women expecting monochorionic twins 1-2 weeks before they reach 38 weeks. Monochorionic twins are identical twins who share a placenta. Recommendations differ for dichorionic twins. Some doctors want to deliver dichorionic twins before 37+0 weeks whereas others will let you go further. Dichorionic twins are fraternal twins and identical twins with separate placentas.

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Fetal development & baby size

Your babies measure approximately 49 centimeters (19.29 inches) at 38 weeks pregnant with twins. Your babies hair grow rapidly as well as their nails. Remember not to cut their nails after birth. They’re still soft from being soaked in amniotic fluid. You have to wait cutting them until they become hard. If you’re worried about your babies scratching themselves, you can gently peel off the ends with your fingers. Their nails are so soft that the surplus will come away easily. You twins are getting bigger and their movements may feel different as they have has less room to move. They won’t be able to flip and roll so easily and their kicks may feel different as your babies won’t be able to stretch out their legs as much.

Pregnancy diet, exercise & prenatal vitamins

Try to get as much rest as you can in the last few days or weeks of your pregnancy. Also, you need to remember taking an iron supplement. You must continue taking a supplement until a few weeks after birth, especially if you have a c-section or if you lose a lot of blood during a vaginal delivery. There’s an increased risk of bleeding more than you normally would during labour, when you are giving birth to twins. This is due to the fact that the uterus is very large.

 

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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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