At 23 weeks pregnant with twins, your babies are almost proportioned like babies born at term. They still need to grow and gain weight. Look at our estimated fetal weight charts to learn more about how twins grow in the second half of pregnancy.
Baby size & development
Your babies measure around 29 centimeters (11.42 inches), when you’re 23 weeks pregnant with twins. The median baby weight for dichorionic twins is 609 grams (1lbs, 2oz) and for monochorionic twins it’s 589 grams (1lbs, 4oz). Although your babies lungs are not yet fully developed, they are practicing breathing, making breathing-like movements. They’re also dreaming now, and their eyes move back and forth just like an adult’s eyes during REM sleep. Your babies are active. They’re kicking, punching, twisting and turning in your womb.
Ultrasound scans & growth
You’ll have several growth scans throughout your pregnancy. This is to make sure that your children are growing as they should. If your expecting identical twins who share a placenta (monochorionic twins), you’re likely to have more scans than a women expecting twins with separate placentas (dichorionic twins). This is because monochorionic twins are more at risk of growth and weight issues due to the shared placenta.
Pregnancy symptoms & belly pictures
You may still have issues with morning sickness, feeling more tired than usual and/or a stomach that doesn’t function as well as before you got pregnant. This can make you feel very uncomfortable. Another common pregnancy symptom is:
- Braxton Hicks contractions. That’s your body practicing for birth. Your uterus will contract and feel tight or hard. This can last from a few seconds to several minutes and repeat itself for a while. However, it shouldn’t hurt or go on for hours. If it does, contact your midwife or doctor immediately. It differs a lot from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy when and if you feel the Braxton Hicks contractions. All women have them, but some don’t feel them.
- Generally speaking, you should have felt your babies move for the first time at 23 weeks pregnant with twins. If you haven’t felt your babies move yet, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s anything wrong. The position of the placenta(s) has a lot to do with when and how you feel your babies move. In the beginning it may feel more like a gentle tap than a kick. If you’re worried about not feeling your babies move, then please contact your doctor or midwife and let them know that you haven’t felt any movement yet.
Pregnancy diet, exercise & prenatal vitamins
It’s a good idea to take a break and relax if you experience a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions. It’s normal to have them, but take note if you all of a sudden get them more often than usual. Contact your doctor or midwife if they carry on for long or become painful. You don’t have to stay inactive. It’s fine to be active or exercise, as long as you pay attention to the signals your body is sending you. Don’t exercise until exhaustion and stop what you’re doing if you feel any pain.
Also, remember iron supplements if your doctor or midwife recommends it.