By this time, each of your twins weighs about five pounds and is about 18 inches in length. They have a plumper, rounded appearance, and will continue to gain nearly half a pound a week during these last two months. The fine, downy growth of hair has all but disappeared, and the skin is firm and pink. The babies’ nails have grown to reach the end of their fingers and toes.
As the time of delivery nears, Mother Nature is preparing your breasts for your babies’ first food: breast milk. You may find that you are able to squeeze some watery fluid from your breasts, called colostrum, the precursor of milk. Several complaints are common during this period, including heartburn, gas, and constipation—all due to the hormonal effects of the pregnancy on the gastrointestinal tract. Small, frequent meals, with fluids in between, limiting fatty foods, and including ample fiber will help alleviate these temporary problems.
You may experience a profuse, thin, watery white vaginal discharge during this time. It is normal and should not itch or cause any irritation. If it becomes yellowish or thick, causes itching, or develops an odor, it may be a sign of an infection and both sexual partners should be treated. If you are finding yourself anxious with the birth approaching, now is the time to join a multiple group or find other moms of twins to chat with.
- Between 1980–2004, women ages forty and older giving birth increased more than three-fold for singletons, six-fold for twins, and twelve-fold for triplets and higher order.
- There are now over 500,000 multiples five and under in the U.S. (Experts expect that number may be much higher as it is based on a 2002 report.
Diet and Weight Gain
Many women pregnant with twins experience heartburn, particularly during the last two months of pregnancy. A helpful strategy is to eat foods that are easily digested. Some snack suggestions include bananas, toast with peanut butter, mild chicken salad, and typically smaller meals that are not too spicy.
Eating for Three
Here is a recipe for something that is light, nutritious, and quite easy to digest during this period when you are more uncomfortable and more prone to heartburn.
Shrimp and Vegetable Skewers
- 1 pound large shrimp, peeled with tails intact
- 1/2 cup fresh baby carrots, steamed for five minutes until slightly tender
- 1/2 cup fresh sugar snap peas
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
1. Place first three ingredients on skewers, alternating vegetables between the shrimp.
2. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper; grill over medium heat for five minutes on each side until shrimp is firm.
3. Serve over wild rice with a side salad of mixed organic greens and a light dressing.