Each of your babies will now weigh over 2 pounds and is around 15 inches long. Fat is continuing to be laid down at an amazing rate and the babies will continue to grow each day they are inside of your uterus. Your babies look very similar to how they will look when they are born-just smaller. The brain and lungs continue to develop. Many obstetricians give mothers of multiples a shot to help with fetal lung development. The steroid shot helps their lungs devlop quicker in case of premature delivery. The bones are getting stronger and harder around now. Your babies are capable of breathing air, but they would struggle and most likely be on breathing tubes if they were born now. The grooves are beginning to appear on the brain and tissue continues to develop. The eyes have unfused and each of your babies can open and shut their eyes.
At this point of your pregnancy, you will certainly feel as if you can not get any larger! You can and as long as you remain pregnant, you will! Take it easy during the day and rest as much as possible. Some doctors will order bedrest-either partial or full-in order to prevent preterm labor. There is a 90% chance of survival for your babies if you were to give birth now. You will be feeling very heavy and the weight of the pregnancy is probably starting to affect your back and legs. The pressure of your growing uterus can also cause backaches. You may experience relief when the babies change their positions. As the babies move down into your pelvis, you will experience pelvic pressure and increased pressure in your rectum. You will notice an increased urge to urinate more frequently. Some common complaints this month include constipation, nasal stuffiness, backache, bleeding gums and Braxton Hicks contractions. Stretch marks are very common at this time and almost inevitable when carrying more than one baby.
You will probably be visiting the doctor every two weeks by this point. Make sure you address any questions or concerns to your caregiver. Make sure that you have asked your doctor about any physical activities and sexual intercourse at this point of your pregnancy. You will be screened for group B streptococcus around this time. You will also have a glucose tolerance test at this visit. The glucose tolerance test will check to see if you have gestational diabetes. In addition to these tests, your caregiver will be checking:
1.) Weight gain or loss
2.) Blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rate
3.) Heart and lungs
4.) Breast exam
5.) External palpation of the uterus
6.) Measure height of fundus
7.) Fetal hearbeat
8.) Urine screens for sugar, blood and any bacteria
9.) Possible ultrasound assessment