Vanishing Twin?

by Chrystal

At 8 weeks an ultrasound showed twins in separate sacs, both with heartbeats. Now, at 12 weeks, only one heartbeat and only one baby growing.

How could this happen when they both already had heartbeats at 8 weeks? I really don't understand...

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Jan 21, 2013
I am the twin that survived
by: One of the twins

All my life I felt my sister was missing. I longed for her, missed her, remember wanting to be with her as a child. Even my mother would say the only thing wrong with me was that I wasn't a twin. She must have known the truth deep in her soul, the only thing wrong with me was that I WAS a twin. But in the early 50s before ultrasound, there wasn't much information about vanishing twins. I still feel my sister is missing. When I was 9 years old, my little sister was born and although I was ecstatic, and she is my best friend, I knew she wasn't the sister I was looking for. I know I will meet my identical twin sister when I get to heaven. She watches over me and always will. When I was 43, I had a dermoid tumor removed from my right ovary and a partial tumor from my left. My older brother laughed and said it was "the prettier twin sister." He is probably right. My vanishing twin sister was the coolest chick on the planet. I look forward to meeting her in heaven.

May 25, 2012
I understand...
by: Anonymous

I too experienced losing one of my twin babies. I was spotting around 8 weeks so I went in to have my very first ultrasound (this was my first pregnancy so it was all very new and exciting) and the tech told me, "well it looks like you are having twins!" I had so many emotions running through my head and I became very attached to BOTH my babies in the next few weeks. I went in to my first appt with my dr and we went for another ultrasound as he knew there were two in there, and one had stopped growing around 9 weeks and lost its heartbeat. :( I felt very heartbroken. I felt like my baby's best friend was taken from them. It was very hard news to take... But as time went by, I started finding the blessings in it all. I still had a healthy little baby girl on her way to look forward to. And they say this "vanishing twin" thing is a lot more common than we realize, and when I heard that, I was so grateful that I was able to have an ultrasound picture of my two babies together. It reminds me that that baby was there and a part of me and a very special part of my daughter who is now 2 years old. I think of her twin as a little guardian angel who will always be with her. :) I am sorry you had to experience this, bc it is so hard feeling like you lost something completely out of your control, but good luck with your baby that is on its way to you. I believe your little twin baby will always be with you. :)

May 06, 2012
Vanishing Twin
by: twinsandtriplets com

My first live birth was vanishing twin survivor. I recall calling my Doctor telling him I feel like I'm pregnant but I don't. First ultrasound showed two sacs. When you experience a vanishing twin your body resorbs it (vanishing). It is a loss and you can't help but wonder what would have been. Know that everything happens for a reason. I gave birth to a very strong little boy who is now 16 years of age, driving, A/B honor roll and an all-star baseball player. We joke and say he was a twin and kicked the other one out. Celebrate the life you've been given. I had a singleton pregnancy on my second birth and gave birth to fraternal boy/girl twins on my 3rd pregnancy. Having twins is by far the hardest thing I've ever done. Stay positive and celebrate all that is good in life. If you continue to struggle with the loss of a vanishing twin be sure to seek professional help while navigating the hormones of your pre and post pregnancy. God Bless!

May 04, 2012
by: Anonymous

I'm so sorry for your loss!

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