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Old Jul 26th, 2012, 15:54 PM   1
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Identical Twins - MCDA Mono/Di - Questions


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Ok, two days ago I got the shock of my life when I found out I was having twins. I cried for two days and had panic and anxiety attacks but today, I feel a bit better. The more positive I am beginning to feel about the pregnancy, the more worried I am about losing a twin or having potential complications.

I read my notes and it said there is a thin membrane between the twins, is this normal? Does the membrane ever disappear? Or will the membrane remain intact throughout the pregnancy does anyone know?

I am so scared... I have read so many scary things online tonight... I just want my twins to come safely



 
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Old Jul 26th, 2012, 16:28 PM   2
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The membrane between them is normal. That'd what makes them mono/di twins...is that what your doctor said they are? There are 3 layers basically. The inner membrane which I believe is what breaks when your "water breaks". Then there's an outer membrane, and then the placenta. Mono/di twins happen when the egg splits between 4-7 days after conception. Their placentas will be fused and they will be sharing the outer membrane, but each have their own sacs or inner membranes. So the thin membrane line you see on the ultrasound is likely just their separate sac/inner membrane so you should not worry about it.

I strongly recommend getting a book called "When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads" by Dr. Barbara Luke. That is where I got the above information and it is a great resource for just about every question and concern you may have about being pregnant with multiples. It gives you guidelines for having a healthy twins and is based on decades of research that has proven to be effective in helping have healthy, strong babies.

Don't believe everything you read online, a lot of it will just scare you and is not accurate. I'm pregnant with twins too and I know it is so hard to not worry about them! Try not to stress and get some rest. There is lots of support here and awesome ladies who are experiencing the same things as you.

Hope this helps you feel better!



 
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Old Jul 26th, 2012, 23:32 PM   3
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Congrats on your twins!!! Your reaction to the news is quite normal. Try not to scare yourself with too much reading online. It will make you crazy. My twins are in 2 sacs with 2 placentas. I don't know anything about mono di twins but did want to congratulate you and let you know this is a great place to talk about what you are feeling and going through. Everyone here is great!



 
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Old Jul 27th, 2012, 01:13 AM   4
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Hi and congratulations on your twins, I also cried when I found out as I wasn't expecting it and felt so overwhelmed.

I have mo/di twin girls who are now very healthy 10 month olds. Try not to worry and like others say don't google if you have any questions ask then here, the ladies are lovely.

I have never heard of the membrane disappearing and never had it mentioned as a possibility, so please don't worry about that, as Anikonjo said its this membrane that makes them mo/di twins. All twins are high risk pregnancies and mo/di are higher risk than Di/di due to the shared placenta but that risk not definate. There are a few ladies on here, me included who had a problem free pregnancy and other ladies who had problems but now have healthy babies.

It's hard not to worry but staying positive is the best thing you can do.

Take care. x



 
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Old Jul 27th, 2012, 04:12 AM   5
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I strongly recommend getting a book called "When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads" by Dr. Barbara Luke. That is where I got the above information and it is a great resource for just about every question and concern you may have about being pregnant with multiples.
Thanks for recommending that book - I just purchased it online.



 
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Old Jul 27th, 2012, 04:16 AM   6
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Oh, I have another question, do i need to double my folic acid intake? I am 12 weeks today, maybe there is no point in doubling the intake now that the nervous system is complete? Thanks



 
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Old Jul 27th, 2012, 04:22 AM   7
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Congratualations!!!
We found out we were having mono/di twins at our 12 week scan and it was a complete shock. As my pregnancy has gone on we have got more and more excited and now we are so looking forward to our babies coming.
I read loads onlibe and scared myself with all the risks. Yes, it is high risk but I have found Im so closely monitored by midwifes that I decided very early on to enjoy every day and only worry if there is sonething to worry about. Lets face it, not everyone gets to have this special journey
I have growth scans every two weeks to check on bubs and see my consultant after each scan. Its very reassuring. Fingers crossed, so far my pregnancy has been complication free. As im nearing the end, 8weeks to go, im starting to worry a luttle about them arriving safely but im sure that would be the case even if i was only expecting one!!

Everybody on this board is great and a wealth of info. Always feel free to ask anything



 
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Old Jul 27th, 2012, 04:35 AM   8
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Thanks so much to you all for your support and well wishes... and for the invaluable advice!!



 
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Old Jul 27th, 2012, 04:54 AM   9
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Congratulations Cabbage. I have identical twin boys who have just turned two. It is scary when you first find out, I think all us twin mummy's have been there. To answer your colic acid question, I was told to double up my dose and also told to take folic acid throughout your whole pregnancy. Don't know if this is the norm for everyone, just what I was told by my GP. Always worth checking with your doctor/midwife as they may advice differently to what mine did. Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy. X



 
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Old Jul 27th, 2012, 06:47 AM   10
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Hi
I am expecting mono/di twins too, it's totally normal to feel scared in the beginning
The membrane is normal and it's a good thing because it seperates them within the same sac, it will remain until term.
I have to have fortnightly scans because my twins had a size difference at 14 weeks and they were worried about twin to twin transfusion syndrome but so far they have been fine each time and their size differences have evened out, these type of complications are very rare but they may want to monitor you closely like me just to check both twins are growing well
The book advised by Anik i am also reading and i second that it is an EXCELLENT book for mummies of twins, i borrowed my copy from the library but you can get it on Amazon too :-)
Try to enjoy your unique pregnancy and just try to relax and look after yourself as much as possible, drink loads of water and eat plenty of good food.
I was told not to double my folic acid intake but to make sure i took it and i decided to take a pregnancy multivit/mineral with omega oil (Pregnacare) throughout pregnancy.
You will get more used to the whole idea as time goes on



 
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