At 28 weeks pregnant with twins you may be able to communicate with your children. If you’re up for it, try poking your stomach. One or both of your children might respond by kicking back. We still don’t fully comprehend how babies experience life in a mother’s womb. Nevertheless, scientists have discovered that babies are far more developed, when they’re born, than previously thought. Earlier a newborn’s mind was seen as a white piece of paper – a blank slate. Now there’s a growing realization that babies begin to engage many of their senses and to learn about the world around them when they’re in the womb. A study has for instance indicated that babies begin absorbing language while still in the womb. Babies only hours old are able to differentiate between sounds from their native language and a foreign language.
Pregnancy symptoms & belly pictures
Many women pregnant with twins feel uncomfortable – or even miserable – at this point in their pregnancies. This can be caused by pregnancy symptoms like:
- Swelling. According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA) your body produces approximately 50 percent more blood and body fluids during pregnancy. This can cause swelling – also named “edema” – at any time in pregnancy. However, it can particularly be a problem during your last trimester. It’ll help to rest with your legs up high. If that’s not possible consider wearing compression stockings during the day.
- The twin pregnancy weight gain. You’re not only carrying the weight of your babies but also more fluids and a placenta that’s getting heavier. The placenta(s) goes from weighing nothing in early pregnancy to weighing around 1 kilo at birth.
Ultrasound & fetal movement
At this point in your pregnancy, you’ve had the dating and chorionicity ultrasound scan and the anomaly scan between 18 and 20+6 weeks. You’re still being seen regularly to ensure that your twins are growing, developing and moving as expected. Women carrying identical twins who share a placenta – monochorionic twins – are usually seen more often than women expecting dichorionic twins. This is because they are more at risk of twin pregnancy complications due to the shared placenta. The identical twins in the picture below are mo-mo twins. This means that they share both the inner and outer sac and the placenta. Only about 1 percent of all twins are mo-mo twins.
Mo-mo twins at around 28 weeks. Born at 32 weeks.
How much should twins weigh?
Your babies measure approximately 37,5 centimeters (14.76 inches), when you’re 28 weeks pregnant with twins. The median weight for dichorionic twins is 1210 grams (2lbs, 10oz) and for monochorionic twins it’s 1163 grams (2lbs, 9oz). Look at our estimated fetal weight charts to learn more about how twins grow in the second half of pregnancy. All organs are fully formed, except the lungs. They need to mature, and your babies still need to grow bigger and stronger inside your womb. The placenta(s) is growing along with your babies. Your babies are getting all the nourishment they need from the placenta(s) through the umbilical cords.
Pregnancy diet, exercise & prenatal vitamins
Remember to take an iron supplement. If you’re bothered by constipation, drink plenty of water and keep active. A brisk walk is fine.