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Benson-Mitchell Twins girls
3/14/2016 Latest post:
On November 5th, 2015 at 9 weeks gestation, we found out that we were going to be the parents of twins. Not just your average set of twins though, monochorionic monoamniotic twins (MoMo). MoMo twins are twins that develop in a single, shared amniotic sac and share a placenta as well. Only about 1% of twin pregnancies will occur in this manner. We had no idea what this meant or that different kinds of twins even existed. Little did we know that this would be quite the roller coaster ride.
That day the doctor told us that this was a very high-risk pregnancy. He told us that one of them most likely wouldn't make it, possibly both. And at that point they couldn't tell if they were separate. We waited for two weeks until our next ultrasound. They still couldn't tell, so we waited another two weeks. At that point, they were pretty sure they were not conjoined, but still weren't 100% positive. Two more weeks passed and we finally were told that they were indeed, not conjoined.
As of today (March 14th), our MoMo girls and I are living at the hospital until their target gestation of 33 weeks. Our doctors will not go past 34 weeks gestation due to the risk of cord entanglement, compression, etc. We are currently at 27.4 weeks. The girl's heart rates are monitored 3x daily and I have an ultrasound weekly to check on fluid, cord blood flow, etc. Due to their early arrival, there will most likely be a NICU stay. I will post updates as we go to keep all who are interested, updated.