39 weeks pregnant with twins: Twin pregnancy week by week

Read about pregnancy week 38+0 to 38+6. You’re now 39 weeks pregnant with twins.

By Kate Phillipa Clark

Your babies measure approximately 50 centimeters (19.69 inches), when you’re 39 weeks pregnant with twins.

How are my babies developing?

If you give birth, when you’re 39 weeks pregnant with twins, your babies are born at term.
Your children’s bones are still soft. Between the bones of their skulls there are joints called sutures. They can ‘give’ a little under the pressure on the baby’s head, as he or she passes down the birth canal. This is good, as it helps the baby through the narrow birth canal. During early childhood, these sutures harden and the skull bones can no longer move relative to one another. The head of most babies born vaginally becomes misshapen to some degree during the birth process. It returns to normal within a few days after birth.

How might I feel?

You may feel VERY big and pregnant by now, as your children are taking up a lot of room in your womb. Earlier you may have worried about giving birth prematurely. Ironically, your doctor and midwife might be talking about inducing labour at this point. This is because the risk of stillbirth and other complications in twins increases slightly as you approach your due date. Read more about full term for twins. Some women refuse to follow recommendations, as they believe that their babies will make their arrival, when they’re ready. If this is how you feel, make sure to get checked regularly. It’s important that your doctor and midwife makes sure that your babies are well.

What do I need to remember?

There’s an increased risk of bleeding more than you normally would during labour, when you give birth to twins. This is due to the fact that the uterus is very large. Because of the expected blood loss, it’s a good idea a to continue your iron supplements until a few weeks after birth to prevent you becoming anemic.

The woman in these pictures is 38+0 weeks pregnant with twins. This is her fourth pregnancy.

Read about next week – week 40


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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