23 Weeks Pregnant with Twins
Submitted by Nic on April 26, 2012
When you are pregnant with twins at 23 weeks, more than two-thirds of your pregnancy would already be complete. In a pregnancy with twins, you have a faster progression than a pregnancy with one baby. When you are 23 weeks pregnant with twins, you will see a considerable weight gain for you and development for the babies.
The weight gain with twins at 23 weeks pregnant can be slightly different. If you are carrying twins, at 23 weeks you should have put on at least 24 pounds...
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...Optimal weight says the mother should put on up to 50 pounds. Weeks 20 to week 24 are very significant weeks if you are carrying twins. Pregnancies for a mother carrying twins tends to last no longer than 36 weeks which is considerably different from pregnancies where the mothers carry a single baby. Mothers-to-be do tend to obsess over weight gain and doctors suggest that it be avoided. Every woman is different and will put on different amounts of weight. Maternal weight for these last few weeks tends to be crucial. At 23 weeks, pregnant with twins, you will also see a lot of contractions, mostly Braxton Hicks. Movement for twins tends to slow down in the last few weeks as there is less space for the babies to move.
You will notice many physical manifestations of carrying two babies and putting on weight quite fast. Your feet and ankles will swell up. You may experience water retention and edema. Excessiveness of any symptom is a bad idea and if your swelling is too much is persists too long, you should get a medical opinion. You will also face gassiness and flatulence which is a side effect of pregnancies. You will even see hyper-pigmentation and darkening of the skin around the aureoles. You will also go through excess mood swings. You will start to constantly feel pressure on the bladder and also frequently urinate. Other symptoms include anxiety, heartburn, leg cramps and general discomfort. Heartburn and flatulence can be avoided by eating a balanced diet with a good amount of fiber and with many frequent but small meals. Your uterus is expanding a lot more, making it bulkier for you but it is becoming roomier in your uterus. The mother also needs to have a lot more water now to avoid dehydration or pre-term labor. If a mother carrying twins does not eat frequently, she could have dizzy or fainting spells and even see a fluctuation in blood sugar.
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