Delivery day is drawing nearer, and we know you’re more eager than ever to meet your little bundles of joy. Since multiples are most often born earlier than singletons, you’re likely in full-blown preparation mode, wondering if every cramp or twinge is the real deal.
You’re also probably attending weekly appointments, as your healthcare provider will want to pay extra close attention to ensure there aren’t complications with your babies.
Carrying multiples is no easy feat, but the finish line is closer than ever! Here’s what’s going on with your babies this week, as well as some tips for making this (often uncomfortable) time easier on you.
How are the babies?
Babies born at 34 weeks typically do well outside the womb and require minimal medical support. However, if your babies were born this week, they would most likely experience at least a short NICU stay.
If they’re ready to go, what’s holding them back from making their appearance? Well, their lungs, for starters. Each week, your babies’ lungs grow stronger, which makes it easier for them to breathe on their own once they’re born. The closer they get to their due date, the better their odds for not requiring breathing support. And, babies born at this stage are not any more likely to have long-term health issues than their full term peers.
Your babies weigh just shy of 5 lbs — though there is some variation in size at this stage!
How are you doing?
We’re sure your mind is racing as the reality sets in that your babies are truly about to make their big debut. The pains you’ve been feeling during pregnancy, like Braxton-Hicks contractions, probably have you questioning whether you’re actually in labor.
Braxton-Hicks contractions are your body’s way of preparing for labor and can be confusing since they tend to intensify as pregnancy progresses. If the contractions are particularly rhythmic or painful, you should contact your medical provider for advice on whether to be evaluated in person, as this may be a sign of actual labor.
Don’t feel bad about resting as needed; it’s encouraged! Sitting down with your feet elevated can help alleviate discomfort and swelling, so grab a book or watch a movie and unwind. You’ve earned it.
Let’s plan ahead!
You may already have packed your hospital bag, but if not, now is the time to get it done. This includes putting together any baby equipment you may need, purchasing or borrowing forgotten items, or installing car seats. Check out our hospital bag checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything. Labor can come at any time now, so get those last-minute tasks checked off.
It may be helpful to make a list of household chores or errands people can assist you with once your babies arrive. It’s never too soon to start delegating, so feel free to give your friends and family a call if you think you will need some help in the coming days, too!
Reviewed by the Ovia Health Clinical Team
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