24 weeks pregnant with twins

24 weeks pregnant with twins

24 weeks pregnant with twins

At 24 weeks pregnant with twins, you’re in the second half of pregnancy and your body is supporting your growing babies. You may have stretch marks and other skin changes, constipation, swelling, and back and body aches. You might also start experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions, or false contractions, and your babies’ lungs are developing. They have begun to develop fingerprints and store fat, and have the suck reflex down pat. While they still have much development and growing to do, they now stand a chance outside the womb if they were to come early.

You are in the second half of pregnancy and your body, as well as your twin babies, are changing every day!

24 weeks pregnant with twins: Symptoms

Your body is supporting your growing babies, and you may start to feel the discomforts of a quickly growing belly and carrying additional weight.

. Stretch marks

Because of how quickly your belly grows and your skin stretches in pregnancy, many women get light stretch marks on their belly. You might also get stretch marks on your legs, buttocks, breasts, or anywhere else where the skin stretches quickly.

. Skin changes

On top of stretch marks and pigmentation changes, there are a number of other pregnancy related skin changes you might experience. Because your skin is stretching quickly, it may become very itchy, especially on your stomach. If you have itchy feet or hands, let your provider know, as it could be a sign of cholestasis, which is a liver problem that needs to be treated.

. Braxton Hicks

As you get closer to the third trimester of pregnancy, you might start having Braxton Hicks contractions. Braxton Hicks contractions are like practice contractions for your uterus. They might feel like cramps or like a tightening in your uterus. They may make you believe you are in labor when you’re not. If you feel contractions, take a rest and drink some water. If they stop or slow down, they are Braxton Hicks contractions. If they continue or become more intense with rest and hydration, call your provider.

. Constipation

As your uterus grows, your other organs become crowded, including your intestines. This can make it a little more difficult to have bowel movements. In addition, the pregnancy hormone progesterone causes digestion to slow, which also contributes to constipation. For these reasons, constipation is a symptom many pregnant women have. Drinking plenty of water, eating foods high in fiber, and walking or exercising will help with constipation.

. Body or backaches

As your uterus grows and your weight increases, your back may become strained. Your spine is probably starting to curve to balance the weight you are carrying. You might also experience backaches and joint aches due to progesterone, which loosens your joints. Be careful not to strain or jar your joints, and avoid activities with high joint impact if you find they are causing pain. Take care to lift with your knees, never your back, wear supportive shoes, and possibly wear a back brace or maternity band to help support your back and belly.

. Swelling

As your uterus grows it may cause blood flow to your legs to slow. This, coupled with extra fluid in your body, can cause swelling in your feet and legs. Pregnancy swelling can be uncomfortable. Some things you can do to reduce swelling are wear support hose, take rests and elevate your legs, and lie on your left side when lying down.

Swelling in pregnancy is normal, but if you have excessive or sudden swelling, especially with headaches or blurry vision, contact your provider immediately as it could be a sign of preeclampsia. Swelling in one extremity (and not the other) accompanied by heat or redness could be a sign of a blood clot. If you experience any of those things, notify your provider.

Twin development at 24 weeks

Your twins are becoming more developed to be ready for life outside of the womb. At 24 weeks, they are considered viable and could possibly survive outside of the womb - in an intensive care unit, with a lot of help. However, they still have quite some developing to do and weight to gain. Their chances for survival outside of the womb will increase with each week of pregnancy.

A 24 weeks pregnant ultrasound would show they’re gaining weight, moving, and have recognizable faces. The position of your babies at 24 weeks may still be changing as they might have a little room to move around. Single babies settle into position in the last weeks of pregnancy, but twins will run out of room to move sooner.

. Lungs

Although your babies' lungs are becoming more developed, they are still immature. They will soon begin to produce surfactant, which is a substance that keeps the lungs inflated. Once the surfactant is developed, your babies have much greater chances of surviving outside of the womb if they were to be born early.

. Skin

Your babies’ skin has thickened. It is translucent and a light red color because of visible blood vessels. They have wrinkly skin. Their hands and feet have begun to form fingerprints and footprints.

. Weight gain

Underneath their skin, your babies are now starting to store some fat. They each weigh about 1 ½ pounds and will begin to gain weight more quickly.

. Reflexes and movement

Your babies sleep, wake, kick, and turn in the womb. They may respond with movement to the sound of your voice. They have developed the sucking reflex. They also might hiccup, which causes a jerky or shaking movement in your belly.


. https://www.babycenter.com/pregnancy/your-baby/fraternal-twins-in-the-womb-24-weeks_3651430

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