Twin Pregnancy Symptoms at 24 Weeks

Twin Pregnancy Symptoms at 24 Weeks

Twin Pregnancy Symptoms at 24 Weeks

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.



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