Post # 1
so im currently rocking two teething babies- on strapped to my front and one strapped to my back, standing up in a dark room with the sound machine on for the foreseeable future so i thought id maybe finally come back and update on my pregnancy/delivery story.
recap: i have a 3.5 yo daughter we conceived easily. when we tried for number two we had two recurrent miscarriages. we got pregnant again after about a year. first US showed one baby at 5 weeks. we had a repeat at 8 weeks and found out we were having twins. see earloer posts for more info up to that point.
at 12 weeks we found out they not only shared a placenta but were also in the same amnionic sac- monochorionic monoamnionic or momo twins. this makes up only 1% of twin types and is caused by an egg splitting very late- usually 8 to 15 days after implanting. any later and they would have been conjoined.
this type of twin pregnancy is very high risk- as they are in the same space their umbilical cords get tangled from start. 10 years ago the life expectancy was 50%. now it has gone up due to intensive management.
i had appointments every two weeks with maternal fetal medicine statting at 16 weeks. at 24 weeks that went to every iher day for non stress test and ultrasound to make sure their knotted cords werent tightening causing the blood flow to cease. many momo moms go inpatient at 24 weeks but in canada i didn’t go in until 29 weeks. i stayed in hospital for one month having nonnstress tests every 4 hours and ultradound every other day. my hudband and daughter visited as much as possible.
at 32 weeks the girls were delivered by planned c section- as they get bigger the cord compression gets worse so standard of care is to deliver then. c section is mandatory- one twin comig out can pull the cords tight and kill the secind instantly. they were under 4lbs and had a giant massive knot in their cords full of twists and turns but did very well- minimal breathing support for a few days ans then soent 5 and 6 werks in fhe nicu learning to eat. they are now 7 months actual/5 adjusted and thriving. im slowly emerging from some terrible PPD and PTSD and so in love with them. 🙂
Post # 2
My gracious they are beautiful! What an ordeal you went through!
Post # 3
Congratulations! They are just beautiful – absolute dolls. I am sorry you had such a scary pregnancy, though. The risks associated with that sort of pregnancy can be really tough on mum. And I hope you are getting the care you need for your PPD – it is important to take care of mum first!
Post # 4
They are absolutely precious!! 🙂 What a stressful ordeal that you had to go through. I’m so sorry. I have never even heard of anything like that. Strong momma you are!!!
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2019 - Canada
Oh my gosh, they are just perfect little angels! I’m so sorry you went through such a stressful time to get them here, but you did a wonderful job. Congratulations momma!
Post # 6
Oh my goodness, they are the most beautiful perfect little babies! I’m so sorry you had to go through so much to get them here safely. I’m glad to hear you are coming out on the other side of your traumatic experience, don’t forget it is ok to ask for help!
Post # 7
It’s incredible how much you did for them before they were even here!
They are absolutely gorgeous. I hope you continue to do well.
Post # 8
Oh my goodness, they are so beautiful! I’m sorry you had to go through such a traumatic ordeal, but they look soooooo worth it!
Post # 9
Awww beautiful babies congratulations
Post # 10
They’re beautiful! How scary that must have been. Thank goodness everything turned out well and they are both thriving!
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2019 - Turkey
I’m so glad in the end everything turned out wonderful. Your babies are pretty little angels indeed, and you’re a great mother for being powerful in this whole process.
Post # 12
that is so scary for you! You must be super mom! Also, your babies are absolutely beautiful!
Post # 13
What gorgeous babies! Congratulations to you and your family and what an intense journey to go through to get them here. Blessings on you and your continued healing. I have a friend who had one child and then twins and she said that the process of rebalancing her hormones afterward was intense and really challenging.
Post # 14
They are adorable! How incredibly stressful for you!
Post # 15
That sounds so terrifying, and I’m sorry you dealt with PPD…but HOLY GORGEOUS babies!! Congratulations!