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Old Mar 25th, 2011, 09:38 AM   1
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Identical vs. Fraternal Twins


Ok ladies. I hope you can help me out because I'm feeling total shock and amazement right now. I'll admit, I feel a bit overwhelmed, too.

I had an IUI with one good follie. Today, I went for my first ultrasound and found out there are 2 beans in there! They have their own sacs and are a good amount apart from each other in the uterus.

My question is - What is the chance these will be identical twins vs fraternal? I'm extra curious because I only triggered with one egg, but like I said, they aren't sharing a sac.

I'm going to try and process this whole twins concept and how I'll find a way to put 2 of everything in 1 bedroom while I wait to hear your replies. haha Thanks, darlings!



 
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Old Mar 25th, 2011, 09:58 AM   2
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I don't actually have any useful advice, just wanted congratulate you!!
Keep us updated on how you get on.
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Old Mar 25th, 2011, 10:05 AM   3
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They dont have to be in one sac to be identical, if the gap between them is large though im guessing fraternal, identicals only have a thin membrane seperating them. Congrats



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Old Mar 25th, 2011, 10:06 AM   4
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They dont have to be in one sac to be identical, if the gap between them is large though im guessing fraternal, identicals only have a thin membrane seperating them. Congrats
Thank you and I'm sorry if I sound naive, I'm just not knowledgable on the topic and wasn't expecting twins!



 
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Old Mar 25th, 2011, 16:40 PM   5
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sound like fraternal?? congratulations by the way, how exciting!!



 
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Old Mar 25th, 2011, 18:38 PM   6
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Hehe youre not naive at all! Ours are a shock too, but twins are a blessing identical or not, its not something everyone is blessed with :-) get scan pics up, all the ladies on here love piccies! Xx



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Old Mar 25th, 2011, 21:21 PM   7
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There is a thin line between my twins. My OB said that if they split really early like within the first few days of fertilization then they can be in their own sacks with their own placenta etc. My doctor said at this point i have a 50/50 chance of them being identical or fraternal.. I guess i have to wait until the ultrasound to determine gender... if its a boy and girl then they are definately fraternal.. also if when they are born they have two different blood types they are fraternal. Other than that if when they are born they look alike, same gender etc, then the only way to determine is by genetic testing.



 
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Old Mar 26th, 2011, 02:22 AM   8
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There is a thin line between my twins. My OB said that if they split really early like within the first few days of fertilization then they can be in their own sacks with their own placenta etc. My doctor said at this point i have a 50/50 chance of them being identical or fraternal.. I guess i have to wait until the ultrasound to determine gender... if its a boy and girl then they are definately fraternal.. also if when they are born they have two different blood types they are fraternal. Other than that if when they are born they look alike, same gender etc, then the only way to determine is by genetic testing.
my sonographer told me the same thing and mine are both girls so its a waiting game lol

congrats on having twins!

mine are in seperate sacs but with only a thin membrane between them, theresd no gap between the sacs



 
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Old Mar 26th, 2011, 03:57 AM   9
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It all depends on whether they were one egg that split very early on.
If it was in the first few days, they could be in separate placentas and sacs.
From wikipedia....
"In the uterus, a majority of identical twins (60–70%) share the same placenta but have separate amniotic sacs. In 18–30% of identical twins each fetus has a separate placenta and a separate amniotic sac. A small number (1–2%) of identical twins share the same placenta and amniotic sac. Fraternal twins each have their own placenta and own amniotic sac."

From a hospital point of view, they are only concerned at this stage about how to treat the pregnancy and this does vary dependent on whether they share a placenta, chorion and amnion.



 
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Old Mar 26th, 2011, 06:57 AM   10
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I will say Fraternal...



 
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