31 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

Here’s what to expect when you are 31 weeks pregnant with twins:

Fetal Development

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)

What to Expect

Typical weight gain for Mom at this point is about one pound per week.

For more details on Mom’s health, see:
Mom & Baby at 31 Weeks Pregnant
Week by week Twins calendar: pregnancy in weeks 28-32

Pictures and Video

Here’s an ultrasound video of what you might see at 31 weeks pregnant with twins:

Belly picture at 31 weeks:
31 Weeks Pregnant with Twins Belly

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.

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.

Dad’s Thoughts

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.

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Sources

When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads: Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy by Dr. Barbara Luke and Tamara Eberlein

Babycenter’s Average fetal length and weight chart

Please note that everything on this page is provided as general information and doesn’t imply specific medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with your medical professional.

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