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Twin Pregnancy at Week 29 to Week 32
Babies’ Growth in Utero
Congratulations! You’ve entered your third trimester. By the end of this month, the combined weight of the babies will be about 7.5 pounds, and they will each be about 1.5 feet long. All internal systems are fully developed, except for the lungs.
The babies will wake and sleep independently, and you may not be able to distinguish them from each other. If they adopt aberrant movement habits or stop moving, call your doctor right away. They should be in the correct position for labor, with their heads near the birth canal—literally in the fetal position!
Your babies can make funny faces in the womb, and even crack a smile. Their faces have filled out into a semi-round shape. They’re adding fat deposits, so that they can calibrate their body temperature once they’re out in the world.
Astonishingly, your body is circulating half again its regular blood volume. Just another one of the miracles of birth. Your uterus is at the stage of development that it would be at 40 weeks for a single birth. You should be gaining a pound a week.
This is a good time (and your last chance for a while) to pamper both yourself and your relationship. Get a pedicure, if you can find a salon that uses non-toxic ingredients.
Have a lovey-dovey date night, and enjoy fantasizing with your partner about what your babies will be like. Hire a babysitter if you need to, or ask a friend to sit. This quality partner time is essential!
At this advanced stage of pregnancy, your hips are expanding to accommodate the birth. Here are remedies for some physical challenges that you may face:
• Heartburn, due to slowing of digestive system, declining uterine space and increasing progesterone levels: take in smaller meals
• Leaking colostrum (pre-milk), an extremely nutrient and antibody-rich liquid: use nursing pads underneath your clothing
At the Obstetrician
Your doctor will check your twins’ position to determine if adjustments are necessary. She will check your pelvis for cervical dilation, if any. This is also the month that she will complete a biophysical profile (BPP) on the babies.
Basically a physical performed on an unborn child, the BPP uses ultrasound to monitor range of motion, lung function and muscles. Electronic heart monitoring will determine the babies’ cardiac health. The doctor will also ensure that the amniotic fluid is sufficient to support the twins for the remainder of your pregnancy.
You might want to undergo the BPP earlier than 32 weeks if you have any of these conditions:
• Kidney problems
• Overactive thyroid
• Unusual bleeding
Your Birth Plan
You’ll be considering the following options:
• Elective Caesarean vs. vaginal birth
• Whether you want natural childbirth or pain intervention
• Pain relief options: narcotics, analgesics, pudendal block or epidural
These issues will be discussed at length in an article entitled Twin Pregnancy at Week 37 to 40.
A C-section in itself is not dangerous to your babies. But why might a mother require caesarean intervention during delivery?
• If labor is not advancing, because of a large infant in a small pelvis or sluggish contractions, as in one-third of all C-sections
• If babies are in distress, as when the contractions slow their hearts, because the placenta is flimsy. The cords can also get tangled, or enter the birth canal.
• If the babies are in the breech position
• Due to heavy bleeding, caused by improper placenta placement
Here’s a countdown checklist for planning the perfect shower. Two months before the event, choose the friend or relative that you consider to be most suitable to host the shower and be chief planner. If a group will plan the shower together, make sure that everyone understands what his or her responsibilities are.
Next, pick a weekend date that’s convenient for you vis-à-vis your delivery date. Traditionally, that date is six weeks before the due date or planned C-section. Some mothers choose to hold the shower shortly after their babies are born. Although with twins, you’ll need plenty of help to pull off that scenario. Plan around attendees who will need to travel a longer distance.
Pick a time of day when the expectant mother is usually at a high energy peak. A good duration for a baby shower is about two hours—don’t let your guests overstay and wear out the mother-to-be!
Along with your chief planner, decide on a theme, around which you’ll choose invitations, favors and decorations. Matching the theme to the babies’ nursery décor is a clever idea.
Put together a guest list, coordinating the size of the party with the mom-to-be’s energy level and the space available. If young children will be attending, some sort of childcare arrangement will be required—or perhaps the moms present can trade off this duty.
These instructions assume that there will be only one shower, but some people choose to do a small, family-only event and another with friends and acquaintances. Some showers even include men!
An all-important element these days is preparing a budget for the party. Making an early start will allow you to make adjustments in the cost. Perhaps the cost can be split among friends or family members.
Your budget will hinge upon:
• Number of guests
• Cost of favors/prizes/décor/invitation
Where will you hold the shower? The usual choice is the chief planner’s home. Other possibilities are a private club, restaurant or even a spa. Decide on the importance of convenient parking, how noisy the party might be, and whether the party will be held indoors or outdoors. If you decide on a public facility, reserve your chosen space right away.
What will your guests eat? Who will prepare the food? Will you serve a meal or just a snack? Do any of them have dietary restrictions? You will want to take the time of day, size of the party, your theme and your budget into account.
Be sure to plan for a surplus of refreshments. Non-alcoholic beverages are always suitable for a shower. If more than one person (or a caterer) will be responsible for the food, firm up those arrangements as soon as possible.
Choose your invitations. Consider using email or the telephone if you are on a limited budget. Handmade invitations can be fun, but they take time. You can also find free shower invitations online.