March 11, 2009,
J.M. asks from Portland, OR on March 05, 2009
Twins in a Single Amniotic Sac
I am currently 24 weeks pregnant with twins who are in the same amniotic sac. This is a rare, but not totally uncommon, condition. It just means the egg split too late for the babies to form their own bag as multiples normally do. Fortunately, they are not conjoined; however, my doctor says that they need to be delivered at 32 weeks to minimize risks of them strangling each other. So, I am looking to connect with other moms who may have been through this or are currently going through this. Did your doctor recommend/insist on early delivery? Recommend bed rest? Any advice? Thank you.
M.L. answers from Seattle on March 06, 2009
I haven't been through this, but I do have twin friends who are just the kind of twins you're describing. They're mirror images of one another (mole on the right arm, mole on the left) and are now 28 and both perfectly healthy! Good luck with the delivery and know that everything definately can go okay!
I.G. answers from Seattle on March 06, 2009
I would get a second opinion on this. 32 weeks is very early for a planned cesarean, especially when there are no actual problems present.
Your doctor should monitor you closely and assess how much their cords are actually entangled, if there is a risk of cord compression and what the risk-benefit scale is in your specific case.
Depending on your case, your babies may benefit from an even earlier delivery or, you may go to 34 or 36 weeks without a problem. Every patient is different and a physician who tries to prescribe you a one-size-fits-all approach is not doing a very thorough job.
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A.F. answers from Seattle on March 06, 2009
I do know someone who had twin girls who shared a placenta - so it sounds to me like the same or a very similar situation. In her case (she herself is a pediatrician, so I know she had to have researched it too), she was on bedrest in the hospital for a number of weeks at the end - I think so that they could keep an eye on the babes, and she ended up delivering vaginally. I am positive it was not 8 weeks early - but probably more like 4ish. She delivered at Evergreen Hospt in Kirkland, which I think had the experts on these cases. 8 weeks early is very early!!
T.N. answers from Portland on March 05, 2009
May I suggest you contact Jennifer Gallardo at Andaluz Waterbirth Center. She is giving a lecture on twin births and I would bet that she could be a wealth of information!
Best of luck!
T. Nelson CD (DONA)
H.B. answers from Seattle on March 06, 2009
I have a friend who had twins who shared the same amniotic sac. I don't remember how early they were delivered but I could check with her. I do know she was on bedrest for a good portion of the pregnancy and in the hospital for a good number of weeks as well (for constant monitoring). She has an older son, so in a similar situation to you. She lives in Bellingham, if you'd like I could get her info and put you in touch with her. Good luck and take very good care of yourself and those little ones! It's definitely a much higher risk than a typical pregnancy, or even a typical twin pregnancy, so I'd say take all the precautions you possibly can.
M.L. answers from Anchorage on March 06, 2009
I have no idea, honestly but would like to say congrats not only on your babies but of seaking out more information.I personally would see a 2nd, even 3rd Dr for thier opinions because 8 weeks can be tough on any baby, specially twins who are normally a lil smaller to begin with because of having to share thier space.I hope everything works out for u and u can hang in a little longer the your daughter is pushing for right now.
K.J. answers from Portland on March 06, 2009
Just wanted to send positive thoughts your way!
We have 8 month old triplets, that were in different sacs but came at 31 weeks. The NICU is a tough ride but at 32 weeks your babies should do just fine.
Congrats on twins...I love being a multiples momma!!
Let me also add...my MFM (maternal fetal medicine spec) was/is Dr. Winkler. He is at Legacy Salmon Creek in Vancouver. He is EXCELLENT and if you are looking for another opinion I would go see him! He got my babies here safe and sound...after I spent 6 weeks on hospital bed rest. They almost came at 25 weeks and he was very instrumental in saving them and getting them more baking time.
J.C. answers from Seattle on March 06, 2009
Congratulations - having twins is an amazing adventure. Mine just turned 7 this last week. I would recommend looking into the Eastside Mother's of Multiples group. They have a website and are an amazing resource. Lots of moms of multiples, lots of experiences, lots of stories. The website is www.emoms.org. Good Luck! And congratulations again.
M.B. answers from Corvallis on March 11, 2009
I am a mo/mo twin. My mom delivered us naturally 29 years ago at 36 weeks. She started having contractions at 32 weeks so they put her on bedrest in a hospital until the contractions started again at 36 weeks and decided to deliver. She was at a military hospital in Tacoma and this situation had not been seen very often. There were no complications during the birth or with us afterwards.
32 weeks just seems a bit early to deliver with no exsisting complications.
Good Luck! I think twins are great. :)