Nick & Trent - Healthy MoMo Twins

by Nick & Trent
(Latorbe, Pa, US)

We found out that we were having twins at our first ultrasound. The doctor called a few days later and said we would need to go for a level 2 becasue they were not able to find the membrane between the twins. The doctor had us in a panic, he was not able to answer our quesitons, he had never worked with mono mono twins.

We went to West Penn and the doctor confirmed that they were mono mono. The doctor presented a very grim pictue and said we had about a 20-40% chance of having 2 healthy babies. He wanted us to come to the hospital at 24 weeks for intensive monitoring.

We decided to get a second opinion and went to Magee women's hospital. The doctor there was optimistic and said that they were currently working with 4 mono mono twin cases. We were more comfortable with Magee, if for no other reason than their bed-side manner. They did not suggest the 24 week inpatient monitoring. We decided to be monitored 3x weekly by the fetal heart monitor and 1x weekly by ultrasound. At 30 weeks an utrasound showed that the cords were twisted and appeared to be tighter than before. We requested that we be placed in the hospital for closer monitoring. The goal was to get to 32 weeks. At 32 weeks the twins were taken by C-section at 4lbs and 4lbs 7oz. Nick and Trent. They were in the NICU for about 3 weeks, they came home a few days apart. They are healthy and happy.

The doctors and nurses at Magee were amazing. We felt confident.

We can't explain what those months leading up to the birth were like. It consumed our days and thoughts. Stress is not a strong enough word. We feel for anyone that is in this situation. Just know, no matter what you read or are told, there is hope. The doctors have to tell you all the things that can go wrong. Use support sites and read all the stories from people that dealt with it, both good and bad. We always read both, just to keep it all in perspective.

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Dec 30, 2010
by: Anonymous

Shame on you to those who have negatively commented on the Mom's who have chosen to end their pregnancies. I am sure that they are living with the pain of this everyday, and really could use the support instead of a tongue lashing.

I am currently pregnant with MoMo twins. I just had my last ultrasound at 8 weeks, and they can still only see one sac. I am praying with every fiber of my being that they find another one when I get a little further along. My prayers go out to everyone but especially those who have terminated. May they find some peace and comfort

Sep 17, 2010
Mo/Mo, B has one lung
by: Anonymous

I am 24 weeks pregnant with Mo/Mo twins. It has been a complete roller coaster ride. I have seen numerous specialists. Most just scare the ever living daylights out of us. We are now working with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia because baby B has one lung. After about 20 weeks of stressing myself out I finally accepted it. At this point I'm just trying to take it easy. The cords have been tangled since at least 12 weeks. The flow is checked every two weeks and so far so good. I will be hospitalized at 28 weeks for them to be monitored and hopefully won't deliver until 34-35 weeks. We were asked if we wanted to terminate one or both children. We have decided to "roll the dice" but I would never judge what others do. I feel parents have to make the best choice for themselves. I wish nothing but the best for all the parents and their children.

Jun 04, 2010
MoMo twins
by: jana

It was my 5th pregnancy when i found out i was having momo twins. As i had natural for all my other 4 the main thing i was told was that i would need to a c-section cos of the risk at birth. I had a good pregnancy and all my dr app was much the same as any other.I have a c-section on the 30-11-07, i was 38 weeks. Kyle was the first and at the time not to bad then his brother E-Jay. E-Jay was gone, they say he had been gone for about 2 or 3 days. The Dr said the Kyle's cord had twisted around E-Jay's and cut everything off. There was no talk about ALL the risk, only about having a natural bith. We where never told or asked about being placed in hospital for monitoring.No one know until that min, WHY? We later found out the Kyle had cp.

Apr 09, 2010
MoMo Twin Girls
by: Anonymous

I had momo twins in 05 I was never made aware of any of the risks in the pregnancy but had regular scans I carried them to 38 weeks with no problems and had two perfectly healthy girls by c section my life would not be the same with out them they have brought us so much joy. They are so beautiful really are a special gift from god.

Sep 26, 2009
by: Anonymous

May God help and be with the two people who had abortions because their diagnosis was risky. I can't imagine any risk that is so great that it causes you to kill your own children.

I have the same diagnosis and a long way to go. I'm sure the anguish will be tough to bear at times but will be nothing to the complete and utter despair that would come from aborting precious babies.

I would encourage anyone else in this same situation to have faith and hope, and take it day by day. Don't give up on your babies and please don't kill them.

Sep 23, 2009
by: Anonymous

Hi Tara. You're not alone. We made the same decision. Not an easy one but what I think was the right one for us.

Sep 11, 2009
by: Anonymous

I had non momo identical girls, 12 years ago, and in may we were thrilled to find out we were expecting twins again, we started buying strollers and swing, planning showers, and laying out the nursery, and even though the u.sound found no membrane, i was not informed, nor aware of the risks. last week i went for my 18 week appt. no heartbeats were found, so they did the ultra sound, and there lie my 2 babies, no movement ..they were gone. on tues of this week i was induced, and had to deliver my 2 babies, who we knew would never take a breath, we are so sad, their cords wer so knotted up, that they couldnt seperate them. they will live in our hearts forever. i want a baby, does anyone know the chances of this happening to me again///?

Aug 22, 2009
MoMo Twins
by: Anonymous

i just found out yesterday 8/21/09 that I am pregnant with MoMo Twins, I am a bit concerned about the risks involved with the pregnancy. The babies aren't measuring up and I have already been given 4 due dates so this has me a bit concerned. I go next Monday for a level 2 U/S so hopefully they will be able to give me a more accurate date. I know that upon conception it takes up to 9 days for the split to occur with the eggs which I think might contribute to the due date being pushed back so many times. I am just trying to stay strong and pray that my babies will be healthy.

Jul 29, 2009
MoMo Twins are easy to have . . .
by: Anonymous

I was diagnosed with MoMo twins for my first and only pregnancy. I had no idea about all the risks and I didn't care. All I knew was that I was going to have identical twin girls and I really felt they were going to come into the world healthy and perfect. I wasn't going to get all wrapped up in the doctors trying to scare me about all the risks. All I did was make sure I never over exerted myself during the pregnancy. I had a perfect pregnancy and carried my momo twins to 38 weeks and then they were taken by c-section. The doctor did state that I had a knot the size of a mans fist in their cords, but the cords were strong and didn't collapse. My daughters are now 15 years old and just beautiful and healthy. I think it is just a shame that the lady on here terminated her pregnancy because she convinced herself that her pregnancy was too risky. Every pregnancy has its risks. I can't imagine not having my momo twins. It would have been very foolish for me to get all caught up in the Doctors obsessing about all the risks. Just really take it easy and don't stress out. Make sure and have plenty of rest and alone time with your babies. When my babies got really, really active in the womb, I used to talk to them to calm them down, so they wouldn't get so tangled in the cords. If I dropped something, I would not pick it up. That is how I could carry them to 38 weeks. Just keep positive and relax and go for the ride and enjoy your pregnancy because when they are born, it is tough, especially when your twins both have colic for the first year . . . like mine did.

Jul 07, 2009
mo mo twins
by: Lyndsey

Hi to anyone out there who is pregnant with mo mo twins. my partner and myself had what I'd call a text book pregnancy with our 1st daughter Millie Mae and a good labour and natural birth with no drugs!

We decided we wanted to have two children close together and after Millies 11 month milestone i found out we were expecting again. after slight bleeding at 9 weeks, I went for an early scan where it was confirmed we were expecting twins! my partner was over joyed, but I just lay there in complete shock, I just couldnt take it in and didnt know how to feel. our mo mo twins were confirmed around 16 weeks as no membrane could be seen. the worrying and constant thinking about the worst really does consume your days and thoughts. when we go for regular scanning, the doctors sentence always starts with "the babies are growing lovely, however". Then comes the down side of what could happen. I am now 24 weeks gone and already dreading a C section! the scariest thing for me is to think that your body goes through all these changes and the sickness and the feeling you prescous ones kicking away, to being at risk of getting nothing outt of it at the end. has anyone out there started to feel nauseaus again in this 2nd trimester?

good luck to anyone with this condition.

love Lyndsey from NorwichX

Dec 29, 2008
by: Tara

Hi there,

Many congrats on your momo twins. I myself was diagnosed with momo twins over the summer but my fiance and I decided to terminate on August 21, 2008. The risks were too high for us.

It seems I am not able to find anyone who made the same decision we did. I feel really alone in our decision. I miss my two babies everyday...

Much Love,

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