Here’s what to expect when you are 31 weeks pregnant with twins:
By 31 weeks in the twin pregnancy each of your twins is a little over 16″ (41 cm) long and has following measurements:
Head circumference: 11.75″ (298 mm)
Abdominal Circumference: 10.5″ (267 mm)
Femur Bone Length (about from the waist to knee): 2.3″ (58 mm)
Each baby is about the size of a coconut.
What to Expect
Typical weight gain for Mom at this point is about one pound per week (0.6kg).
For more details on Mom’s health, see:
Mom & Baby at 31 Weeks Pregnant
Pictures and Video
Here’s an ultrasound video of what you might see at 31 weeks pregnant with twins:
If Your Twins Were Born This Week
Your twins are early preterm and the odds of survival are better than weeks past. However, twins born during the 31st week still risk major medical complications. They could spend weeks, if not months, in the NICU. Twins born this week average a hospital stay of about 36 days.
(NOTE: Still expecting your twins? Get weekly updates on your twin pregnancy here.)
What to Prepare This Week
When Mom is 31 weeks pregnant with twins, talk in detail about the logistics of when the twins are born. You’ll want to take lots of pictures at delivery and with the newborns. Even fraternal twins look very similar as swaddled newborns in identical blankets. Plan now how to tell your newborn twins apart in pictures.
Your Fellow Parents at 31 Weeks Pregnant with Twins
Andrea R. – “Feeling pretty good minus swollen feet. I’m done working now so I can slow down and keep babies in as long as possible!”
Luke C. – “31+1 today, expecting identical girls, they’re our first babies! Mother is feeling fatigued now, swelling of the hands and feet, the girls are transverse at the moment so very uncomfortable for Mum, they’re currently 3lb 6oz and 3lb 9oz which is great, expecting to go to 36 weeks.”
By the time Mom reaches 31 weeks pregnant with twins, you might have concerns about what will happen if your babies are born early and spend time in the NICU. This is particularly concerning when you’ve got other kids at home. Plan out your ideas of how to balance older children at home and spending time in the NICU.
Still wondering how to prepare for your twins? I cover specific things you should know and prepare for in my Dad’s Guide to Twins book. Learn more about the book here.
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