Monoamniotic Twins?

by Katie S.
(Lacey, WA, USA)

Ultrasound with heartrate.

Ultrasound with heartrate.

I was pretty sure around 5 weeks that I was having twins. It was just one of those feelings I have that I can't explain. I've been pregnant twice before, 12 and 10 years ago. Only one child each time. They were very healthy full term+ babies, first a boy, then a girl. 8lb and 8lb. 4oz.
This pregnancy from day one has been different. I had a weird feeling there was more than one this time, but was hoping to be told otherwise. First ultrasound was done at a hospital when I went in one morning thinking I was maybe having an ectopic pregnancy..was feeling terrible and having abdominal pain. Well, the doc told me that there was only one and it was right where it belonged, in the uterus, and it was at the right size for 9 week baby. I went home and was thinking he was right..but 2 days after that I had another ultrasound and come to find out there are OBVIOUSLY two babies in ONE sac..which scares me a little bit, hearing about the complications and the rarity of this type of condition.
If there is anyone here who has had the same type of pregnancy? A monoamniotic twin pregnancy..which means the babies share a single sac, and a single placenta? Please comment on if you think you see a division in the babies, I'm hoping they misdiagnosed me, and hoping to find out they have their own sac, because it would be better if it was that way. I'm really worried, and only at 9.5 weeks, I want both babies to survive.

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Jan 13, 2012
Monoamniotic twins
by: Katie Stolz

Unfortunately my two babies didn't make it & after seeing severe cord entanglement at 13 weeks, 2 weeks later their hearts stopped beating. They are in heaven now..

Jan 13, 2012
by: Mom Of Monoamniotic Twins

My twins are momo survivors...stay positive and believe in them...mine are 10 years old...I tried to only think positively.
They are doing great and yours will be too...
Keep the faith!

Jan 12, 2010
Very happy for you!!!!!
by: Anonymous

Kimberly, I am very happy for you!! I cant imagine your shock when you found out it was twins again!? I would love to hear the story! WOW, you were meant to have twins, that's for sure. 2 twin pregnancies in a row! It's got to be a gift from God to get your twins after all you went through with the monoamniotic twins.:( I'm so sorry to hear that, but really awesome to hear that you got pregnant again, and TWINS??!!! WOW, CONGRATS!!! That's incredible!!!!!!!!!
last night I was thinking about my babies that didnt make it, and how amazing it be to get twins the next pregnancy, becaue that's what I would have had if my babies had made it. My husband and I were discussing how that couldn't happen twice in a row, could it?? Getting pregnant with twins twice in a row??? It would take a miracle. That's what it is, it's a miracle, and you are truely blessed without a doubt! :)
Congrats Kimberly, you will get your twins afterall!!! Wow, truely Amazing!!! Keep us posted on your twins, I am so happy for you and your family!! I'm so glad to hear your good news.
Keep in touch, I really would love to hear more about your experience. Email me anytime

Jan 12, 2010
I also lost twins in 09
by: Kimberly

I am so sorry for your loss. I lost twins in June 09 at 16 weeks. I found out in October I was expecting twins again. I am now 18 weeks. The babies are in seperate sacs, but look like they share a placenta. I feel blessed to have a second chance at having twins. I am praying for you and hope the Lord blesses you with a healthy pregnancy next time. It is hard to understand why these things happen. Keep your chin up!

Dec 22, 2009
Sad news... My identical twin baby boys
by: Katie S.

I am sad to say that my two babies passed away on 12-11-09. I went in to my perinatologist on the 17th, and they were both sleeping peacefully. Baby A on his back with Baby B with his head on his brother's chest. They are gone. I wont ever get to see my babies, because they are with God in Heaven. He must have needed them more that us.

I did not realize this Monoamniotic Pregnancy even existed until researching on 11-11-09 when I found out my babies were in the same amniotic sac.

This is a very rare type of twin pregnancy. chances of this type are one in 35,000 to 65,000)I wont go into much detail, but it's all out there if you need more info just put in Monoamniotic on any search engine online and you will be saddened like I was, I'm sure. Going through this ordeal was pretty stressful, and I continue to have hope for others with this type of pregnancy. I only hope that someone comes up with a way to create a barrior between these babies, and a way to seperate the placenta so they both can safely swim and wiggle and move around without harm to themselves or their twin. There HAS to be something someone can do for these babies. Too many of them are dying!!
Sorry for all the rambling, please dont make fun of me, I am just hurriedly typing this so I can move on and stop crying for my babies. If anyone has questions please feel free to ask.
I appreciate all the thoughtful comments and prayers, but sometimes there is absolutely nothing anyone can do but pray and hope for a miracle. That didnt happen for our babies, but maybe that's because he knew it would be for the best.
They are in God's hands now and forever. We hope to meet Ryan William and Tegan William in heaven someday. May they rest in peaceful sleep. Until then my little boys. Your Mommy and Daddy love you!!

Dec 21, 2009
me too
by: Jennyba

I feel your pain. I have been told that I too have a mono mono pregnancy. I hope to find out differently tomarrow when I go to see the perinatologist. I am praying for you.

Dec 09, 2009
Stay Positive
by: Anonymous

Katie, I would recommend that you sign up to the twin pregnancy and beyond community board. There are a few moms that are in your same situation. I think it will help you if you have someone you can relate to and share similar situations with. There are successful mono-mono biths and you do have to have faith. I will be praying for you and your family. Stay positive and keep us updated. I wish you the best of luck.

Dec 09, 2009
Update.. 13 weeks. After perinatologist apt.
by: Katie S.

Well, thanks for the comment, but unfortunately I had a few more ultrasounds and an appointment at the perinatologist at maternal fetal medicine, and I do have a mono-mono pregnancy. They didnt find a membrane, and their cords are already tangled together. They gave me greater than 50% chance that they wouldn't make it. I am being admitted to Tacoma General Hospital at 24 weeks (10 weeks from now)and they will deliver the babies if there are any problems after then, they say, if the babies survive until then. I have faith that they will make it, and hopefully they will make it to 32-34 weeks, so they are as healthy as possible.
They did find out the sex of the babies, they are both boys, and were touching each other and the doctor said that one of the babies has an enlarged bladder. She didnt say anything else, just that it was too early to do anything about it, or tell why it's enlarged. I was told by another doctor that sometimes it will clear itself up just with growth of the baby, so I am hoping that's the case. My family and I are praying that the problem corrects itself and that the babies are okay until they can be safely delivered. That's all I have for an update, but have another appointment on Dec. 17th for another ultrasound to see if everything is okay. Please pray for us and the babies.That's the only thing we can do until after viability on the 19th of February when I'm addmitted to the hospital. Thank you for your support and comments.

Dec 08, 2009
Don't Stress!
by: Anonymous

I was told at 8 weeks that my twins were mono-mono. I found out at around 11 weeks that they were mono-di. Meaning that they share a placenta, but have a very thin membrane separating them. I don't think you should worry about that right now. There is still the possibility that they will find a membrane between them. It is very hard to see, especially during the early weeks. I had to see a perinatologist to find out that there was a membrane. My reguler OB was not able to find it.

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