The embryonic period will be over after week 12 and the embyological structure is complete. Your developing twins still have a tremendous amount of developing to do. Their kidneys, intestines and extremities are developing rapidly. At 8 weeks each baby is approximately four centimeters long and weighs about one gram. By twelve weeks they will have more than doubled to be about nine centimeters long and has grown to about 20 grams!
During this time of your pregnancy you will still most likely notice changes within your appetite. You may be noticing more cravings or advesions to certain types of foods or smells. Many researchers believe that a craving is the body's way of trying to obtain something that you are lacking. Some women crave salt and need the sodium, while others crave spinach for the extra iron.
Mild anemia is not uncommon during pregnancy, especially when carrying multiples. This is because your body's blood supply has increased dramatically to support the growing babies and your red-cell production has decreased.
Around this time of a pregnancy, many women report a change in sexual desire. Most women report a decrease in their libido during the first trimester. This can come from nausea, breast tenderness, and the increased pressure on the bladder. However, some women also report an increased desire for intimacy. Both partners should be reassured that sex is perfectly safe during a pregnancy with multiples. The baby is well protected and you can not "poke" the baby.
You may also notice some changes in your complexion. Some women may experience the pregnancy "glow". The increase in blood creates a look of radiance, but also makes your skin more sensitive to skin care products. It is important to take care of your skin during pregnancy.
Bleeding gums is a common complaint throughout the pregnancy. Again, this is due to an increased blood supply which will cause the gums to swell. The bleeding should not be cause for concern. Just be gentle when brushing and flossing.
Most pregnant women worry about stretch marks. Stretch marks are a natural and sometimes unavoidable consequence of skin that is stretching for the growing baby. It is best to accept the fact that stretch marks may occur. After delivery, the stretch marks will generally fade away and become less noticeable. You can keep your skin well moisturized and use Vitamin E creams to help with the marks and itching.
Increase or decrease in saliva
Increased heart rate
Leakage from nipples
Change in sexual desire
To think about this month:
Maternity clothes for some women
Spreading the news, if you have not already
Spreading the news to family members and co workers
Finding a pediatrician
At the doctor
You will go back to the doctor again this month for a routine prenatal visit. If you have any questions that you forgot to ask at your previous checkup or that have recently come up, this is the time to bring them to your caregivers attention. Your doctor may classify your pregnancy as high risk, because you are carrying multiples. Some doctors will do an ultrasound assessment to check the baby's well-being. You may also be offered a series of genetics testing, chorionic villus sampling and a nuchal fold scan at this time. They are optional and you can discuss the pros and cons with your caregiver.
Your doctor will be checking the following during your visit:
1.)Weight gain or loss
2.)Blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rate
3.)Heart and lungs
5.)External palpation of the uterus
6.)Measure the height of the uterus
7.)Check for fetal heartbeat
8.)Urine screens for blood, sugar and any bacteria