It’s your last week in your “20s”! You’re inching closer to the finish line, especially since most multiples arrive a bit early. Fortunately, you can start washing some of your worries away about an early delivery, as viability increases significantly between weeks 28 and 31.
Your babies are still growing but will likely require fewer interventions and a shorter NICU stay if born at this stage. The majority of babies born around this time have fewer long term health issues than those born at an earlier gestational age.
Let’s see what’s going on with your little ones this week and discuss what you can do to ease some of those late pregnancy symptoms!
How are the babies?
Your babies’ heads are getting bigger to make room for their growing brains. Their lungs are also getting stronger, which is great for helping them breathe once they’re out of the womb.
They’re also gaining weight and growing taller. This means they may be starting to compete for space as things get a bit more cramped, so don’t be surprised if you feel a bit less movement than before. Your healthcare provider can offer insight on how to effectively count kicks with multiples if doing so gives you peace of mind.
Your babies are close to 3 pounds each now — about the size of a pineapple!
How are you doing?
As your pregnancy rolls on, you’re likely dealing with some of the discomforts that occur during the third trimester. Digestive issues, in particular, tend to be a common complaint during this stage of pregnancy.
Your body has begun releasing hormones that relax your muscles in preparation for delivery. Unfortunately, this can also slow digestion, causing acid reflux. If you’re dealing with reflux, there are certain things you can do to combat it.
First, try eating smaller, more frequent meals. Eating heavy meals — especially within 2 to 3 hours of bedtime — can worsen reflux symptoms. This should be helpful, but let your healthcare provider know if you have frequent reflux that is disrupting your days (or sleep). They can guide you on what medications or other changes can safely ease your symptoms.
You might also be dealing with constipation. If so, be sure to drink plenty of water and eat foods that are high in fiber. Getting in a short walk or two each day can also help speed up digestion. Constipation can cause hemorrhoids, which can be a real pain in the…well, you know!
Let’s plan ahead!
It may seem early, but it’s time to think about installing your car seats — especially if you’re planning to have outside help. Car seat technicians can assist you with installing your seats and ensuring they’re safe, but most require an appointment, so start making calls to certified techs in your area if you’d like their help.
Reviewed by the Ovia Health Clinical Team
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- Mayo Clinic Staff. “Twin pregnancy: What multiples mean for mom.” Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic, December 13 2014. Retrieved May 15 2021. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/twin-pregnancy/art-20048161.
- “FAQ: Multiple pregnancy.” American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, July 2015. Retrieved May 15 2021.