Babies are the size of squash. They weigh about 2.5 to 3.8 pounds and are about 15.2 to 16.7 inches long. They will gain a 1/3 to 1/2 their birth weight in the coming weeks. They will be fattening up for survival outside the womb. Their skin is becoming soft and smooth as the plump up for delivery.
This is a picture of fratneral twins in utero, but at least it is twins. The main differences with mono/di twins, like our girls, is they have less of a divide between them and share one placenta.
How far along? 32 weeks
Weight Gain? 29 pounds.
Workouts? I have not been doing much of anything this past week. I have still been doing my cat and cow and some yoga moves because it feels so good on my aching back. My body is sore and it is starting to hurt. Baby B is laying sideways under my ribs. Not very comfortable. I am much more comfortable when she is head down next to her sister.
Symptoms? I have been having all the same symptoms. My back has been hurting me even more lately and I have been nauseas.
Stretch Marks? Not yet! But I can’t wait to tell you about these new prenatal vitamins I found online. They are called Joli Mere. I read through all the ingredients and decided they sound wonderful. The science behind the vitamins is really what sold me on them. I did ask my doctor, just to be safe, and she said they sound great and I can begin taking them ASAP. Joli Mere kindly offered to send me a month supply to take. I am so excited, rumor has it that when you are carrying twins stretch marks tend to emerge in the last few weeks before delivery. I will be taking these religiously for the next 3 weeks and throughout breastfeeding. The combination of vitamins in these daily packs are wonderful for your hair, nails, and skin as well. I will most likely never stop taking them. 🙂
They came in this adorable box.
They are separated into individual packets for each day.
I have still been using my lotion, oil, and drinking tons of water.
Sleep? This week I have been sleeping much better. I think my mind has finally slowed down a little bit. I still have a lot to do in the next coming weeks, but at least I can sleep.
Movement? They have slowed down greatly, but I can still feel them kicking. Oh and lots of hiccups, from all sides.
Milestone: 32 weeks! This is huge. All the doctors say this is a great week to make it to and we did. This also means our twins will be born in 2-3 weeks. Oh my!
Genders? Identical twin girls.
Labor signs? This week the contractions and pressure have really picked up. I hope it is not starting too soon. The last thing I want it to go in preterm labor before the doctors want me too. I only want these twins born early if it is better for them.
Well this morning I found out I am dilated to a 2. I did not want this happening so soon. My doctor decided to have me get the steroid shot today and I will get the second one tomorrow. She wants to make sure we get them in, no matter what. I am so praying that I make it to July. It is just too soon for them to come. I was totally shocked to find out I am dilated I truly did not expect this.
Belly button in or out? Out.
What I am looking forward to this week? The girls birthday party on Saturday. Since Sophia and Isabella’s birthdays are only 2 weeks apart we always do a joint party. This year we are doing a Tinkerbell and Periwinkle party. Sophia changed her mind after the invitations were sent. 🙂
She actually decided on this theme because Tinkerbell and Periwinkle are sisters and she thought it would be perfect since her and Bella are sisters. How can I argue with that. 🙂 Sophia is so excited and Bella acts excited but I don’t think she really understands. I will definitely be posting pictures on Monday.
Truly back in March when we went to Philly I didn’t think I was going to make it to the girls party. I thought either I would be on bed rest in the hospital or I we would have twins and the would be in the NICU. I mean I have no idea, but I am so thankful and blessed to be able to enjoy my girls this weekend.
Happenings/Thoughts from this past week:
- We have started having our twice a week non-stress test (NST) on top of our weekly ultrasounds and weekly doctors appointments. Oh my! But really it makes me feel so much better because I know our twins are getting checked on twice a week. What more could I ask for. I really like we are in a good place. I keep praying that maybe a miracle with happen and they won’t need the NICU. I know all the doctors say they will, but a girls can dream.
- I am dilated to a 2. As a mom this makes me feel awful. I just wish I could make it a couple more weeks. I never wanted these babies to be born because I went into preterm labor. I want them to have to come out because it is best for them. I am having a sad Mommy day. I try to think back and wish I didn’t so much on some days.
- Now that I have all these appointments I feel like my weeks are flying by even faster. I have all of a sudden became so much busier. I know my girls are missing me, so I need to make sure to spend as much time as I can with them. This week Sophia said, “When the babies come I am going to have to share you with them and that makes me sad”. That truly broke my heart. I told her that we will still make time for Mommy and Sophia.
- We met with the head doctor of the NICU and she was very reassuring, but really didn’t tell us anything we haven’t already heard. She said we are at a good gestational week to deliver and most likely the twins will do great. In my dream world I was hoping she would tell us they probably won’t need much and will come home in no time. But of course she could say that.
- I have decided that for the hospital I am going to order a pair of comfy pants and a zip up hooded sweatshirt from Victoria’s Secret to go with a nursing tank. That way after the babies are born I can walk to the NICU in comfy clothes and not be in pajamas.
- I am still working on the girls bags. I am beginning to put those together and I have started packing my hospital bag too. Wow, so much to do.
- Sophia is excited for the twins to arrive and I will feel awful when they are in the NICU and she can’t see them. I truly pray it is not for long. Their sisters want to see them.
In the comments below:
- If you have had a baby were you dilated for a little while? If so how long?
- Any encouraging words are always welcome.