You have encountered a magical point in your pregnancy. Around 24 weeks, the babies will enter the stage of viability. If born now, there is a 90% chance of survival with medical intervention. During these four weeks, the babies will double their weight and by week 28 each baby will weight around 3 pounds and will be around 15 inches long. Fat is developing rapidly under the skin and the babies are beginning to get more pigment in their skin. Hair continues to grow and facial features are becoming more distinct. During this month your babies' eyelids will become unfused. If observed on ultrasound, you can see your baby opening and closing their eyes. Each baby is already very individual and has their own cycles of sleep and wakefulness. Babies will begin to respond to sound during this month. Turn on the music and read to your babies each day.
By 28 weeks you are likely to feel the affects of pregnancy. 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. This urge will remain for the rest of the pregnancy.
You should be feeling movements from each baby every day. The intensity of their kicks and movements may be changing around this time. There is not room for them to move around as much anymore, so you may not feel as strong of movements.
Because you are carrying multiples, expect to experience alot of Braxton Hicks contractions. A Braxton Hicks contraction is a contraction of the uterus and feels similar to a menstrual cramp. Typically, they are not painful but will make your belly feel hard. Sometimes a change in position will trigger a Braxton Hicks contraction. Unlike true labor contractions, there is no pattern to a Braxton Hicks contraction.
Sensitivity to sun
Increased heart rate
Change in sexual desire
Leakage from nipples
Change in appetite
Carpal tunnel syndrome
To Think About This Month
Be aware of symptoms of preterm labor
Obtaining baby care essentials
Finding care for your other children while you are laboring
Limiting physical activity
Accepting help from others
At The Doctor
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
Comments by 24-28 week pregnant Twin mothers
Showing 1-6 of about 6 comments from week 24-28
Redhead - Thursday, 18 Apr
I'm ready to move over whenever! Thanks hunni--I'm doing better now, i think it was definitely deydration that caused the contractions. It wasn't like I hadn't drank anything! So be careful ladies! My daughter is super excited for these babies---but i think that may change when they are crying. lol I think the shortness of breath is starting here..also if I stand still, I can't breathe at all, so i have to keep moving! lol
hunnybear6 - Thursday, 18 Apr
RedHead- Hope everything is okay. And that kinda sounds like contractions to me. 30 weeks how exciting!! Im 28 weeks today had contractions on and off the other day. You better get your bags packed :) How does your daughter feel about the new additions?? Goodluck to you and i hope your sugar levels are okay! * Glad to hear all of your babies are doing well ladies!! i should have a ultrasound in the next 2 weeks cant wait to see how big my babies are!!* oh and are you girls moving over to the next page soon??
aprilsf - Monday, 15 Apr
had my ultrasound today, baby a is 3 lbs 3 oz and baby b is 2 lbs 14 oz. both are doing wonderfully and i lost 2 lbs.
ams8663 - Monday, 15 Apr
Had my ultrasound today and bentley is 3 lbs. 3 oz. and makayla is 2 lbs. 7 oz.
Redhead - Sunday, 14 Apr
Hunny--I know, I've been worried about that. My glucose test came back one point above what they'd like to see, so my doc was going to retest me w/ the one hour test again at 32 weeks. I think i may call and have them do it tuesday though at my next appt. I just don't feel right sometimes, and I'm worried it may be the sugar levels. That would be my luck! I gained entirely too much weight and ate unhealthy w/ my daughter 4 years ago and was fine. This time I'm eating healthy and gained exactly the right amount of weight! I had a scare last night. I woke up at 2am w/ a horrible pain in my uterus! I could barely sit up it was so painful. It was like a tightness that I could hardly bear! Idk what contractions really feel like since I was induced w/ my daughter, and barely felt them. I had my husband go and get me a giant glass of water and after an hour I felt better. Scary though! 30 weeks today!!! ekkk! I'm getting my bags ready today--after that scare last night you really never know from this point on!
jtvplus3 - Friday, 12 Apr
Hi ladies lomg time since I logged in been really busy with my daughter. Glad to see everyones doing well and just a tad jealous that yoour all a few weeks ahead of me lol. Suggestion on the diapers ot may be a stretch but if you know someone who works at a hospital they may be able to purchase at a discounted rate. Where im from several hospitals offer this to employees as well as childrens medications. Our friend is currently abld to buy a case of 220 pampers swaddlers for $17. And infant tylenol and motrin for less than $1. The hospital she works at can get NB to size 5.
hunnybear6 - Thursday, 11 Apr
Hey Girls!! just checking in to see how everyone was doing?? Ive surprsingly have been feeling well other then no energy Lol which i hear in the beginning of the 3rd trimester is normal?? I see you all are talking about baby showers. My MIL is throwing me a baby shower next month. I always though you had a baby shower with your first and that was it but if someone is willing to do it so be it right?? :) -RedHead im thirsty all the time as well have you had your glucose done?? Mine came back normal but they say thats a sign of GD. Good Luck to You all as you enter your next 4 weeks of pregnancy!!