Pregnant with monoamniotic/monochorionic identical twins scared help

Lucinda - posted on 12/26/2009 ( 117 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone, I had my nuchal transluceny scan on wednesday of this week, since I had a scan at my ob office at 6 weeks and only saw one baby i was shocked to find out i was having identical twins. My elation sooned turned to fear as I googled when I got home my condition which is that I have one sac and one placenta for both babies which is a high risk condition. If i make it to 26 weeks I'll be put in the hospital for consant monitoring which I'm fine with. I'm just petriefied of loosing the babies before then, its driving me nuts.. Has anyone else been through this or known someone who has gonie through this, just lookign for some hope here.. thanks so much..

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Marie - posted on 01/08/2010

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i haven't been through that and can't imagine how you must be feeling, but, the best thing to do is think positive, and not worry, because that will only increase the risk
~big hugs~ have a happy and healthy pregnancy!!

Jenna - posted on 01/08/2010

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Cynthia and Lucinda, I had a private room and although there were strict visiting hours on my floor they did not apply to me due to my private room. I had it a lot easier by not having any previous children so my husband stayed every night in the hospital in my room and then would leave and go to work. It's tough but you both will get through it and you'll look back and it will be a distant memory.

Lucinda - posted on 01/08/2010

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Hi ladies well i just posted back and this didn't stick so hopefully this time will work. Cynthia I agree maybe you can work something out with the hospital. I really can't imagine not seeing my 2 year old for that long either.. I don't understand why if both parent and child are vaccinated against the H1N1 if it would be a problem. also, will you be in a private room, I kind of assume you would be, so if you kids are just coming right up and going into your room i really don't see how that's not safe. Even if you work something out like Shulena did I think that would be good.. Also, I sure your husband isn't going to bring the kids when they are sick so.. well, good luck. def keep me posted. I have everyone here in my prayers always.. Lucinda

Jenna - posted on 01/08/2010

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I agree with Shulena, at the hospital I delivered at it was reccommended that you not bring children under the age of 16 due to swine flu, but if I were you I'd insist and part of your babies being happy and healthy and staying in the "oven" as long as possible is for you to be happy and calm, I would insist that they be allowed to visit you! Good luck!

Jenna - posted on 01/08/2010

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The best thing to bring with you in the hospital I found was a laptop and a fried of mine let me borrow her portable dvd player. I brought books and magazines but it was really hard to concentrate with all that was going on in the hospital and in my mind. I played games on the computer, emailed and chatted. Also I was on a floor with all women (not necessarily maternity), but I found a patient on my floor who was also pregnant but in the hospital for different reasons (she was on bedrest) and I could get out of bed, so I would go down to her room and hang out and chat with her. Also you make friends with the nurses when you're in the hospital for so long so they do provide some major support. It's funny you look forward to your visits from the ob, the nurses to check your bp etc and I had gestational diabetes so I had people from nutrition and diabetes life checking in on me as well. I also had people from my grandmother in law's church come and chat with me each day, you'll be surprised how "busy" you will be and some days you simply want to take a nap but someone is always coming in, from the doctors and nurses to the person who takes your meal choices! You will make it through believe me, I even cried when I left the hospital after 48 days, because I had a bond with the people that took care of me and my girls (plus the raging post birth hormones of course). You ladies can do it, my thoughts are with you! I believe that we were given this obstacle for a certain reason, because we could handle it, and I believe that my girls are a true gift!

Shulena - posted on 01/07/2010

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Cynthia~ I was admitted to the hosp. on 12/30 because my surviving twin water broke, and I too will be here for 6wks. I too did not know about this rule that the hosp. has in place due to the H1N1 virus. Stating I was upset would be an understatment, when they told me that I would not be about to see my 6yr old son. However, I advised my Dr and staff that I will NOT go 6wks without seeing my son and that I still have an living, breathing responiblity to my son & walking into this hosp. did not stop me from being an single parent. My son came to the hosp. on Sat. and they would not let him up to the floor, so I left my room and went down to see him for 10mins. The staff was NOT happy at all! However, I told them how it was going to be and they have made an exception that twice a week (my terms) that I would be wheeled down to the visitors lounge to visit with my son for 10-20mins. He's way to young to understand not seeing his mom for 6-8wks, so even though I miss him like crazy, the visits def. have helped.

Cynthia - posted on 01/07/2010

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Hi Lucinda and anyone else going through monomono twins right now,
I thought you might want to know that I just toured my hospital yesterday and found out that they don't allow anyone under 16 yrs. So my 5yr old and 2yr old will not be able to see me the whole six weeks! Also, the NICU only allows parents and grandparents the whole time the babies are there. These are all policies made because of swine flu, I understand wanting the babies to be safe, but I thought some of you might want the heads up so you can check your hospital. I was really upset because I didn't expect it, and it will be SUCH a long time!! I don't know how I'm going to do it!!

Lucinda - posted on 01/05/2010

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Quoting Kerrie:

Hi, my girls were Monochorionic/Monoamniotic too. They are now 2.5 years. I can relate and sympathise with you, it is a very scary time and you immediately think the worst and worry about every little movement, pain and symptom that you have not experienced before. My girls were born by C-section at exactly 34weeks, they were in NNU for 2 weeks and were sent home with feeding tubes as they had no sucking reflexes when born so had to introduce bottle. They weighed 3lb 9oz and 3lb 13oz, they are now extremely mischevious lol. The worst thing you can do is look this up on the internet, I found that searching the internet was the worst thing to do, everything is dramatised. I had a very good pregnancy and my consultant was fantastic. Please, please try not to worry. xx Hope I've helped xx



Hi Kerrie,



that's awesome, congrats on your babies turning 21/2. It feels good to have other people understand how difficult it is wondering always if the babies are ok.  I having my good and bad days today seems like its been tougher because I just stayed in all day today with my 2 year old so i think about it more. I probably should have taken a ride out somewhere but I was really tired this am. and tis also so cooolldd out!  (i sound like an 80 year old)  thanks again for your post. Lucinda

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Hi, my girls were Monochorionic/Monoamniotic too. They are now 2.5 years. I can relate and sympathise with you, it is a very scary time and you immediately think the worst and worry about every little movement, pain and symptom that you have not experienced before. My girls were born by C-section at exactly 34weeks, they were in NNU for 2 weeks and were sent home with feeding tubes as they had no sucking reflexes when born so had to introduce bottle. They weighed 3lb 9oz and 3lb 13oz, they are now extremely mischevious lol. The worst thing you can do is look this up on the internet, I found that searching the internet was the worst thing to do, everything is dramatised. I had a very good pregnancy and my consultant was fantastic. Please, please try not to worry. xx Hope I've helped xx

Jenna - posted on 01/05/2010

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Ask about visiting hours for yourself while your in the hospital? If you can have the same nurse whenever she/he is on? It helped me I had 3 nurses who took care of me for the most part. If your babies are going to be in the NIcu you want to meet with a neonatologist as well and see if you can have a tour of the NICU so that you can talk to someone about what the visiting hours are for your babies, who's allowed to come with or without you to visit the babies, and same thing about whether they will have the same nurses, and also can you be included in rounds (I found this very helpful at our hospital that we could be there during rounds and ask questions). good luck and be excited this is the beginning of a great journey!

Cynthia - posted on 01/04/2010

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Jenna, Thanks! It always makes me feel better to hear success stories! My dr wants me in the hospital at 28 weeks. I'm going to take my hospital tour tomorrow, I'm kinda excited, any questions that you suggest to ask? Take care, enjoy your girls!!

Lucinda - posted on 01/03/2010

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Dawn, thanks so much for that and for the prayers. I'll take all the prayers I can get. that is such a great story about your son!! Love it, hope you are having a great weekend.

Jenna - posted on 01/03/2010

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Cynthia it will be okay. The internet is a scary place for information on mono mono twins. I went into the hospital at 26 wks and was there for a total of 48 days and I don't regret one day of it. Your babies chances increase by being closely monitored in the hospital. Our mono mono twin girls were born at 32 wks at 3 lbs 8 oz and 3 lbs 15 oz and stayed in the NICU for 3 wks. Now they are over 12 lbs each and you'd never know they were preemies. Good luck and stay positive! If you have any questions feel free tto email me at ristauj@hotmail.com.

Dawn - posted on 01/03/2010

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Dear Lucinda,

I'm glad to hear your feeling better......I don't know you but I've been thinking about and praying for you. Sounds like you have good doc.s and your in good hands. Just do everything the docs tell you and pray.....I'm sure everything will work out fine. :) I actually had a placental abrubtion with my third child and they told me I had a 50 percent chance of having him.........went to a perinatal dr., took my prescribed meds, did everything I was told and prayed A LOT!!! Then as my pregnancy progressed I had an 80 percent chance of having him then...........he was born HEALTHY 2weeks 5 days early weighing 5lbs. 14 oz. He is now an active, smart, funny (pain in the but at times heehee) 8 1/2 yrs old. So point is......even when it seems like things are going horrible and there is no hope.....God turns things around for ya! Best Wishes!!

Lucinda - posted on 01/03/2010

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Hi Shannon,



 



Thanks so much for sharing your story!! I'm hoping and praying that all goes as well with my pregnancy as yours did.  And I'm glad to hear your little ones are doing so well. Well, like you I've def calmed down a little with the whole diagnosis since I've had a little time to digest everything. Like you said I realized there was nothing i could do other then eat well, take care of myself and do lots of praying and put things in gods hands which i've done.  I keep reminding myself as well that my first pregnancy with my dd i had absolutely no problems at all my body did everythign great so I keep tellign myself it wont' fail me with these little ones either.  Of course I still wonder everyday how they are doing :)  At this point I'm really looking forward to my 16 week u/s and hoping to hear all is well.  Well, thanks again for your story, everyone on this board has been so great and I've really really appreciated everyones stories it really helps when going through something like this..





 



 



Quoting Shannon:

My twins will be 2 the end of the month. They were momo twins. I went to a high risk maternal fetal medicine doctor around 14 weeks. I kept hoping they would see the membrane separating the two of them. Never saw it because it wasn't there. Make sure you have a high level scan because I've heard over and over that the membrane can be missed. There is a website I found www.monoamniotic.org that really helped with info. Stay away from all the other online info. A lot if it is old info where the statistics were poor. With good monitoring, the statisics change dramatically. My first ultrasound, the doctor scared the crap out of me. But, the more info I got, the better I felt. That first doctor had never seen a momo pregnancy himself. I was basically told that these pregnancies are very rare and some doctors never see them.

My high risk doctor had an extremely high success rate with these type of pregnancies. I went inpatient at 27W2D, had a round of steroids the first night and waited. I had non stress tests twice a day and intermittent scans a few times a day. My goal was 34 weeks. I had them at 33W2D when one baby showed signs of distress briefly. They figured I'd waited enough and they were almost 5 lbs at that point. After 34-36 weeks, the risks of them being in utero vs. out begin to shift, from what they told me. My boys were 4-14 & 4-15, never on oxygen and home within 2 weeks. They were in the NICU only until they were on full feedings. And even before the 2 weeks was over they tried to transfer them to a lower level NICU but my local hospital didn't have 2 empty beds at a time.

They're now healthy, happy, crazy little almost 2YOs, who look EXACTLY alike still. While waiting for them to be born, I just took every milestone one at a time... 18 week ultrasound, they looked great, then to make it to 22, etc. Wasn't easy but you can't worry about something you can't control. It certainly doesn't make it easier. I didn't mind the hospitalization. The nurses were great and I could get up and get around as much as I wanted, since I wasn't on bed rest. I watched way too much TV, though and missed my other kids tremendously. My idiot husband (now ex) found it "too hard" to bring them in much. They were 5 & 2 at the time. Other than that, I had a decent stay. Was glad to leave, though. Good luck!





 

Lucinda - posted on 01/03/2010

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Quoting Dawn :

No problem! Best wishes for a smooth pregnancy/delivery. Keep us all posted!! By the way how far long are you now?



HI Dawn, Thanks I've def calmed down some since initially finding out I realized there is nothing I can do so I've put it in gods hands and just done ALOT of praying. Of course every day I wonder how the babies are doing but am trying to think positive.  Anway,  to get to your question  I'm about 14 weeks now.. I have an u/s with my perinatologist again in about 21/2 weeks that I'm really looking forward to hopefully the babies will be doing well.

Shannon - posted on 01/02/2010

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My twins will be 2 the end of the month. They were momo twins. I went to a high risk maternal fetal medicine doctor around 14 weeks. I kept hoping they would see the membrane separating the two of them. Never saw it because it wasn't there. Make sure you have a high level scan because I've heard over and over that the membrane can be missed. There is a website I found www.monoamniotic.org that really helped with info. Stay away from all the other online info. A lot if it is old info where the statistics were poor. With good monitoring, the statisics change dramatically. My first ultrasound, the doctor scared the crap out of me. But, the more info I got, the better I felt. That first doctor had never seen a momo pregnancy himself. I was basically told that these pregnancies are very rare and some doctors never see them.

My high risk doctor had an extremely high success rate with these type of pregnancies. I went inpatient at 27W2D, had a round of steroids the first night and waited. I had non stress tests twice a day and intermittent scans a few times a day. My goal was 34 weeks. I had them at 33W2D when one baby showed signs of distress briefly. They figured I'd waited enough and they were almost 5 lbs at that point. After 34-36 weeks, the risks of them being in utero vs. out begin to shift, from what they told me. My boys were 4-14 & 4-15, never on oxygen and home within 2 weeks. They were in the NICU only until they were on full feedings. And even before the 2 weeks was over they tried to transfer them to a lower level NICU but my local hospital didn't have 2 empty beds at a time.

They're now healthy, happy, crazy little almost 2YOs, who look EXACTLY alike still. While waiting for them to be born, I just took every milestone one at a time... 18 week ultrasound, they looked great, then to make it to 22, etc. Wasn't easy but you can't worry about something you can't control. It certainly doesn't make it easier. I didn't mind the hospitalization. The nurses were great and I could get up and get around as much as I wanted, since I wasn't on bed rest. I watched way too much TV, though and missed my other kids tremendously. My idiot husband (now ex) found it "too hard" to bring them in much. They were 5 & 2 at the time. Other than that, I had a decent stay. Was glad to leave, though. Good luck!

Dawn - posted on 01/02/2010

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No problem! Best wishes for a smooth pregnancy/delivery. Keep us all posted!! By the way how far long are you now?

Dawn - posted on 01/02/2010

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I have heard of this. A friend of mine's daughter in-law had this exact same thing last year. Glad to report to you she had the twins, yes they were a little early and were in the hospital for a bit but they are healthy, happy babies today. Hope this helps a bit.

Shulena - posted on 01/02/2010

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Thanks Cynthia. I do have some really good Drs. Thank you for the prayers and keep me posted on how your lil ones progress.

Cynthia - posted on 01/01/2010

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Shulena I'm sorry about how difficult things have been for you. It sounds like your drs are on top of it and have a good plan. You will be in my prayers, take care, Cynthia

Lucinda - posted on 01/01/2010

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Hi Shulena, I'm so sorry to hear you lost one of your babies.. I'll be praying for you for the rest of your pregnancy...:) hugs, Lucinda

Janelle - posted on 01/01/2010

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I too was also told at 6 weeks and again at 8 weeks to think about what to do about my pregnancy, I am so lucky I didnt listen to them.
Not to scare you or anything but it is your body, and when you say about movement or anything you may be concerned about at all make sure you ring your doc or hospital because of the very high risk pregnancy that it is they will not mind at all, and it puts your mind at ease too, you are better off to go and get a quick check then to have to race into hospital.

Oh I am so excited for you guys, its hard work but all worth it in the end, just go on docs orders and rest as much as you need too

Janelle - posted on 01/01/2010

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Hi I have 5yr old twins, which were from 1 placenta and 1 sac the sac has a membrane which seperates the twins, unless you have the very rare no membrane seperating them which I was first diagnosed with until they realised there was a membrane.
I had my twins at 32 weeks all was well despite a few minor problems.

Take care and hope all goes well for you, it is the best thing having twins, although daunting at first

Tami - posted on 12/31/2009

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Hi it is always scary but just remember they are their own person coming from a mom of twin 8 year olds.

Shulena - posted on 12/31/2009

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Cynthia~ I have been on bedrest (at home) since the surgery. But was informed at my 23wks appt that one of the babies did not have an heartbeat. I had an appt yesterday @ 27wks with my Fetnal & Maternal Dr an they notice that the surviving baby liquid was very limited. After being admitted to the hosp. yesterday the Drs came to the conclusion that my water broke sometime over the last 2wks. So now I am in the hosp. for the remainer of my pregnancy (which they are performing an scheduled c-section @ 35wks). I am so glad to hear that your girls had an different outcome then mine. It has been the hardest thing I have ever gone through in 36yrs (and still going through) but I'm trying as hard as possible to rely on my faith. I am feeling better good. I just hate being apart from my 6yr old son. But trying again to stay positive. Keep me posted on you & the girls progress. God Bless

Lucinda - posted on 12/31/2009

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Hi Cynthia, I'm not sure about the 20 weeks to be honest.. and I don't really know all the details about the lady that i was corresponding with that just lost her babies she just simply said she lost them and didn't give much detail. The only thing she had mentioned prior to her sending me the email about loosing them was she wasn't feeling movement as much but that's always a hard thing to base things off of. Well, I hope it will be a good new year with happy blessings for both of us. I was watching some of the video montages at monoamniotic.org of people who've had success momo pregnancies and i think i went through about 20 boxes of tissues.. it's just so moving when the little babies are born.. I dont' know why i was doing that to myself but someone despite crying my head off it was giving me hope and helping me to picture holding two little ones in my arms.. :) well, keep in touch. Lucinda

Cynthia - posted on 12/31/2009

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Lucinda, I'm SO happy to hear about your appt. I'm glad you got some peace of mind and now you get to see your cuties more often. :)

I didn't know that 20 weeks marked a time to be able to relax a little more. Why is that? I've been waiting for 28 weeks, when I'm in the hospital, but I'll be happy with 20! What happened to your friend at 20 weeks? Was it ttts? Were there any warning signs?
Take care

Michelle - posted on 12/31/2009

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I had mono mono twins 6 yrs ago and was told you couldn't go past 32 weeks. In fact the hospital I was originally going to go to took them at 28 weeks. I decided to go to a hospital where my relatives lived which is Doernbecher OHSU . An awesome hospital. I was told the reason to take them no later than 32 weeks was cord compression. Anyways, I was lucky and had both twins survive. I saw a perintologist in my second trimester about twice a month and my Ob/Gyn twice a month. There really isn't anything you can do. Bed rest doesn't help I was told or at least for my situation. I was also told not to buy anything until after the twins were born. Of course that was six years ago and the information probably has changed.



I know it's hard, but try not to worry about it overly. There is only so much you can control and one thing you can control is how much you worry. And it's not good for the babies to worry so much.



Here are some links to what it is and support groups.



Monochorionic-Monoamniotic twins

Monoamniotic Monochorionic Support

Monoamniotic Twins



This article is more technical but explains what mono mono and different types of twins are and how they come about.



BTW, the only time I was told I might consider it a possibility to end my pregnancy when my Ob/GYN wasn't sure if I had conjoined twins or not. She told me to keep it in mind if they are conjoined and how seriously conjoined they are. Luckily, they weren't. She never told me to consider ending a mono mono pregnancy.



Good luck and positive thoughts are sent your way.

Lucinda - posted on 12/31/2009

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Hi Jackie, I just got back from myOB it was my first visit with her since I was diagnosed, basically she told me i could see her whenever I wanted so so far i'm going to see her every 2 weeks which will bring me HUGE piece of mind. And she also asked me if was religious and to pray so Im' getting that message through numerous sources lol.. BTW, I read the first couple of entries of yoru blog and am enjoying it have to read more. I would love to learn how to crochet then I could make some blankets for the little ones while I'm waiting.. :) thank you for all yoru encouragment.. I just can't make these next couple of weeks go fast enough till i get inpatient and safely past the 20 week plus mark..

Jackie - posted on 12/31/2009

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Lucinda, keep praying. It's hard to hear when people lose their babies. I was told that if you make it past the 20 week mark things actually look alot better as far as viability goes. Usually if they are going to develop TTTS they will do it before than. Not always obviously. If you google mono mono twins you should find a support group. I can't remember the website, but it has a message board for members so you can use it as a support group for more advice and questions. I found it very helpful, and it was for the most part very uplifting and hopeful. I was amazed at the incidence of momo's and how many are just fine! I wish I could give you advice about your hospital stay, but these were my first babies, so I did not have to worry about finding care for them. Bring a hobby with you, I learned how to crochet and did cross-stitch while I was in, it gave me a goal and something to do. Hope all continues to go well.

Lucinda - posted on 12/31/2009

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Hi Jackie, I agree wtih you about being told to end the pregnancy I think that's crazy as well. So hard to hear another good story. Of course I'm feeling a litle down today one of the ladies i was emailing on another board just told me she lost her twins at 20 weeks which is heartbreaking.. I'm going to keep praying though..

Jackie - posted on 12/30/2009

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Ok, I am just horrified that some of you have replied that you were told to end your pregnancies! I found out at my 9 weeks appointment that we were having mono-mono twins. We were excited, and scared at the same time too. All I can tell you is pray, and have your faith family pray for you too. It works. My twin girls are now 16 months old and completely healthy. I was in the hospital starting at 28 weeks until my c-section at 33 5/7 weeks. It was hard, but as I did my research, there really are a lot of mono-mono twins that do just fantastic. Please feel free to FB me if you have more questions, I'd be happy to try and answer them. Keep the faith!!!!

Lucinda - posted on 12/30/2009

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HI Karen, thanks so much.. I am feeling better about things and trying to take it day by day and trying as you said to just enjoy the pregnancy and this very rare blessing :) So awesome to hear your boys did so well and continue to do well.

Karen - posted on 12/30/2009

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I completely understand your fear and my first suggestion is to stay off the computer. The stories out there can really scare you and can add stress to you that your little ones do not need.
I am the mother of 6 year old identical momo twin boys.. I only discovered I was pregnant with twins at my 1st ultrasound at 20 weeks, and 1 week later found out they were momo. I researched online and scared myself half to death. It was hard to stop, but my doctor insisted I did so. At 26 weeks I was going to my OB 3 times a week for non stress tests and ultrasounds. I was told I wouldn't be able to deliver past 34 weeks...and I didn't. At 32 weeks I delivered (thru c-section) Alexander (4lbs. 2 oz.) and Jamison (4lbs. 14 oz.) Good size for that stage. Alex was great from the start. He spent 3 weeks in the NICU and came home. Jami spent 10 weeks in there and had a few complications, but all were resolved by the time he got home.
Today they are in 1st grade, and keeping up with all their peers. They are smart and funny and full of energy. You would never be able to tell their start in this world was like it was.
So please have hope, because there IS hope. Don't let the fact that you are carrying momo twins rule your life. After this, stay off the computer and enjoy being pregnant with twins. It was the best thing I evr did.

Laura - posted on 12/29/2009

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Quoting Cynthia:

Thanks to everyone for all your positive words of advice! Does anyone have any suggestions for preparing for the dreaded hospital stay? I have a 5 yr old and 2yr old that my husband will be staying home with, so I'll be pretty much on my own in the hospital. My hospital is about 30 min (more with traffic) away from everyone, I'm a little worried about being bored out of my mind!!
Hang in there everyone who is still going through this!!!



I lived on my laptop.

Laura - posted on 12/29/2009

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Quoting Shulena:

I am going through an mono pregnancy as we speak and it has been really hard. I am not going to give you all the details with my situtation because I do not want to bring down your spirits. Just do ALOT of research, good & bad. My twin girls ended up having TTTS and I had surgery on them at 19wks. I am now 26wks on bedrest and just waiting for this pregnancy to be over. It has been the hardest thing I have ever gone through in my 36yrs of life. Each day I just rely on my faith in God. Good luck and God bless you & your babies.



I just survived the same situation.  I found out I was pregnat and they couldnt find a seprate sacs so they said I had mono mono twins and had me come back the next week.  After my 41 week stillborn three years ago i was terrorfied.  They told me the babies had a 50/50 chance and there is nothing you can do early on.  Because of the room they have the cord can get tangled and you are helpless.  Later on bedrest is a option to minimize possible cord conpression but intanglement can still happen.  One of the babies were small then the other so they sent me to a high risk doctor.  They did a beter ultrasound and did see a seprate sac but one of the babies had no fluid. None that they could measure.  The babies had a growth diffrence higher than 25% and changed my condition to TTTS.  I drove to Ohio (12 hours) and had the surgery.  They found 49 connections between them.  After 4 hrs in surgery we drove home.  I started leaking a week later.  I spent a weekend in the hospital and went home.  I continued to leak from 17 weeks to 28 weeks.  I spent the last three weeks in the hospital.  My girls were 2lbs4oz and 2lbs10oz.  One spent 69 days in the NICU and the other 72.  Came home on monitors and oxygen.  One has just came off and she is almost 6mo old.  They both weigh almost 14lbs now and doing great.  Are you inpatient at the hospital yet or still waiting it out at home?  Keep your faith there is so much the medical field can handle now.  Take care and STAY IN BED!!!!  Not sure if you have other children but if you do get full time help with them you need to STAY IN BED!!!   

Cynthia - posted on 12/29/2009

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Thanks to everyone for all your positive words of advice! Does anyone have any suggestions for preparing for the dreaded hospital stay? I have a 5 yr old and 2yr old that my husband will be staying home with, so I'll be pretty much on my own in the hospital. My hospital is about 30 min (more with traffic) away from everyone, I'm a little worried about being bored out of my mind!!
Hang in there everyone who is still going through this!!!

Lucinda - posted on 12/29/2009

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Hi thank you ladies for all the encouragement I really needed it and Im' feeling alot better about things, not coming out of my skin anymore just taking it day by day..

Jennifer - posted on 12/29/2009

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Also, while nobody believed me, I felt them move at 13 weeks! Then not again until 15 weeks, then never consistantly until 19 weeks. Then they literally ran out of room at 35 weeks and I made my hubbie talk to my belly to make them move ;-) Hang in there lady!

Jennifer - posted on 12/29/2009

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Yes! While there are MANY dangers associated with this type of twin pregnancy, my cousin made it to 37.5 weeks with her Mo/Mo girls!!! I just made it to 38 weeks with my fraternal twins. You will be scared and anxious no matter how risky your pregnancy is. Don't make yourself crazy by reading all of the horror stories about mo/mo twins and do NOT listen to negative comments. You need lots of rest and positive support to get you through your pregnancy. Prayers to you, Jenn

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Hey... My twins were the same and they are now healthy, happy fourteen year olds. Yes, they were premature, and I was on bedrest from 18 weeks on. I went in to labor the first time at 18 weeks. You need to be really in tune with your body, and not to be graphic, but at the first sign of diarhea, get to the ob and check for contractions. They can stop it before four centimeters, and maybe even farther along now. There are sometimes complications with this, but the majority of moms and babies are fine. Hook up with your local twins club as soon as you can. They can be a life saver during the long, boring days of endles bedrest. When you get tired of laying in bed, just remember every day inside cancels 7 in the NICU.Good luck!

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Good luck and I will keep you in my prayers. Waiting is the hardest part(and maybe the bedrest).

Lucinda - posted on 12/29/2009

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Quoting Shulena:

I am going through an mono pregnancy as we speak and it has been really hard. I am not going to give you all the details with my situtation because I do not want to bring down your spirits. Just do ALOT of research, good & bad. My twin girls ended up having TTTS and I had surgery on them at 19wks. I am now 26wks on bedrest and just waiting for this pregnancy to be over. It has been the hardest thing I have ever gone through in my 36yrs of life. Each day I just rely on my faith in God. Good luck and God bless you & your babies.



Hi Shulena,  I'm so sorry to hear about the TTTS but you're at 26 weeks so there is light at the end of the tunnel.. I hope the next few weeks go smoothly for you and that you'll be holding your babies in your arms before you know it.. I'll keep you and all the mommies here in my prayers. Please post back with status updates or if you just need a virtual hug during a bad day..  Lucinda

Lucinda - posted on 12/29/2009

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Quoting Shulena:

I am going through an mono pregnancy as we speak and it has been really hard. I am not going to give you all the details with my situtation because I do not want to bring down your spirits. Just do ALOT of research, good & bad. My twin girls ended up having TTTS and I had surgery on them at 19wks. I am now 26wks on bedrest and just waiting for this pregnancy to be over. It has been the hardest thing I have ever gone through in my 36yrs of life. Each day I just rely on my faith in God. Good luck and God bless you & your babies.



Hi Shulena,  I'm so sorry to hear about the TTTS but you're at 26 weeks so there is light at the end of the tunnel.. I hope the next few weeks go smoothly for you and that you'll be holding your babies in your arms before you know it.. I'll keep you and all the mommies here in my prayers. Please post back with status updates or if you just need a virtual hug during a bad day..  Lucinda

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Quoting Cynthia:

Lucinda I'm so glad you made an appointment, it is so worth it! It is stressful enough, you need to do anything possible to make is easier on you! I went to my app. today, the boys are kicking away and looking good, so actually, I don't have another appt for another three weeks. Knowing me, I might need to go in before. ;)
Are you working? I've been exhausted so I might take off from work in a couple of weeks. I'm a teacher so I'm up and about all day!
For my husband, we are very fortunate to have my dad stay at our house to help out. He will be out of town for a few weeks during that time for business, but he wants to help as much as possible. I know how you feel, I worry more about my husband than being in the hospital. I feel really guilty about leaving him with all the work and leaving my daughter, I know it will be a hard adjustment for her. Then she'll have to share once the babies come too! I try to remind myself that it is for the best, but I feel so bad!

Robyn, congrats on making it so far!! Good luck to you on Thursday! Keep us posted!



Hi Cynthia,  I work part time right now at a docs office monday, thursday and saturday.. so reallly its perfect at the moment the fatigue hasn't been too bad but I worked yesterday and didn't sleep good last night so feeling it this a.m.  About your daughter thats exactly how i feel in fact I want to see if the hospital has wireless internet or high speed so I can see if i can bring a laptop and if so i was thinking maybe we could try to do a webcam thing or something so i can say hi to my two year old every day :)

Lucinda - posted on 12/29/2009

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Hi Jade, yay another mommy with healthy momo twins the more I hear with healthy twins being born the better i feel, were you inpatient at 24 weeks?

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