My best friend at home has just found out that she is expecting identical twins, they are in the same gestational sac and are attached to the same placenta. I know this is rare, she met with her doctor this morning who tried to be positive but basically told her all the crappy stats about fetal death and abnormality if they survive, about labour preterm sometimes as early as 24 weeks, about transfer of blood between each twin etc..
Does anyone have any good stories to share about outcome, any good websites or resources.. would be most grateful.
Hi there, i have 3 month old id twin boys who were in the same sac and shared a placenta. There was a very thin membrane seperating them though wth my two, although you can get id twins that are in the same sac, no membrane - is this how your friend's are? Or is there a membrane? I'm asking because if no membrane then this is the higher risk of id twins as they can get their cords entagled as well as getting twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), but if there is a thin membrane then the only other thing she has to worry about is TTTS which only affects 20% of id twin pregnancies. My first consultant was also very negative and kept talking about TTTS and how they may "die" as she ut it- if they got it. I complained and got another consultant, who was fantastic! I had the boys at 36wks + 4 days after being induced, natural delivery and the boys were home the next day! It really was a positive experience and the boys were perfectly healthy thank god, so its not all doom and gloom. If your friend needds to talk, i'd be happy to answer any of her ques, just pm me. hope all will be well x
I have no personal experience with this but know of a lady that did. Same sack and same placenta. TTTS was what they looked out for closely but she had no complications and had the twins naturally at 37wks.
There are horror stories in carrying single pregnancies and there are horror stories regarding multiples. All your friend can do is find a new doctor for starter, one a little more encouraging and be positive. Because they are in the same sack and sharing the same placenta she will be scanned more often and looked over very closely, so if by chance something came up, they will be on top of it.
Prem labour is common in carrying mulitples but that has nothing to do with same sack and same placenta, so make sure your friend gets plenty of rest and isn't on her feet all day.
If for sure they do not have a membrane separating them then they are called Mo/Mo twins and typically from what I have heard, at least in the US, they make (or at least recommend I guess) a woman carrying mo/mo twins be hospitalized until the babies birth at 24wks or so. Some women can't get a good view of the membrane until 10-12wks, so hopefully they will find a membrane as then they don't have to worry about cord entanglement at least. Twin to Twin Transfusion can be handled and fixed if monitored and caught early, so hopefully she wont stress too much about it right now...just tell her to enjoy it and take it easy!! Good luck to her!
Identicals that share a placenta and sac arent rare. Its the common way for identicals. There is just many different types of both identicals. There are plenty of horror stories and plenty of good stories out there hun. She just needs to concentrate on her pregnancy, do all that she is told to do and relax.. She will go for regular scans and check ups anyway.
Hope your friend has a safe and happy pregnancy.
I had early labour and yes it does happen and its scary but my girls are here and they are healthy. They were born at 29 weeks and they were out of hospital and home with us at 4 weeks.
I have identical twin girls, and they are monochorionic diamniotic (MoDi), which means they share one placenta, but have two amniotic sacs. So they have a thin membrane between them but it doesn't stop them kicking each other or cuddling together when they sleep. At our 4D scan, one of the girls was sitting on the other girls head!
We were monitored closely from week 16 to week 24 for signs of twin-to-twin transfusion (where one twin takes more from the other). I was told that our consultant would be happy with a difference of upto 20% between each other. Our girls were currently within a 3% difference of each other so they're happy with our progress so far.
I hope your friend has a safe and happy pregnancy, and I'm sure that she'll be monitored closely by health professionals throughout.
My boys aren't identical but there was a lady in the NICU at the same time as us and her identical boys were in the same sac, shared a placenta and had no membrane separating them. She told me that this was extremely rare and that she knew from the beginning that she would deliver her boys by c section at 32 weeks (presuming she got that far). Her boys were delivered at 32 weeks as planned, and although they had breathing issues this was related to their prematurity and nothing else.
I hope your friend isn't too scared by the statistics as some doctors do have a tendancy to paint the worse case scenario! x
Thanks girls for your reassurance, I will pass on some of this too her. She already has 2 boys 6 & 4 delivered by C section due to some uterus issues... as far as she knows so far there is no membrane between the twins but she had the first scan at 8 weeks so there may be some more news soon. All I can do is try to support her and keep her positive throughout.. I have a good feeling that everything will turn out ok for her. Once again thanks for your advice.
thanks for all the replies , it's me goddess 25's best pal and expectant mother of the twins!
They think they do have a membrane between them so they are Mo/Di. We were told a lot of statisitcs about ttts and chances of neurodevelopmental problems. my doctor wasn't over the top , we did ask! [ regretting that now]
Feeling scared but also excited to have 2 little babies, just hope we get there.
any positive stories or support really welcomed as am such a worrier.
thanks so much to my pal who cares about me not matter how far awat we are. love ya
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