Friday, February 8, 2013

More Learning

On Thursday, my mom & I drove to the hospital for my ultrasound. The tech checked out all sorts us stuff, showed us Baby A and Baby B and took more measurements. I was able to explain to my mom that they are labeled alphabetically, Baby A being the one closest to the cervix and most likely to be born first. She showed us the thin membrane between the babies and explained that they are Monochorionic-Diamniotic.

Monochorionic means that they share the same placenta. Diamniotic twins have two amniotic sacs. This occurs in 60–70% of the pregnancies with monozygotic (identical) twins. Monochorionic-Diamniotic twins are almost always monozygotic, with a few exceptions where the blastocysts have fused.

After the tech had finished, we met with Dr. C, the Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist. I think of him as a House for pregnant women, without the sarcasm. He was very pleasant and went through the basics with us. I was quite happy that there wasn't anything I hadn't already heard of or read. He did tell us that the twins are identical and that he wants to have me in every other week for monitoring ultrasounds until they are born.

Here's our latest double shot. Baby A is the one on top, all stretched out, and Baby B is the one on the bottom. You can see the thin line on the left side between them. That's the membrane that separate the amniotic fluid/sacs. Both hearts, stomach, etc look good and hopefully stay that way. Until our next update.


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