Camp update: 13 Weeks
This week we learned that the twins are monozygotic. While this sounds like some sort of super power (who knows, maybe it is), what it really means is that the babies are identical. In my earlier twin pregnancy reference reading, I only skimmed this section of the book because my eyes started glazing over at the probability charts. So for now, I’m just thankful for my doctor’s description on how this works – basically, I’ve got “two sleeping bags, one tent”. (Two amnions, one placenta.)
Apparently, the babies are going to have to learn to share early.
According to our lovely OB at the Fairview Wyoming hospital, Dr. Julie Becker, there is one major issue to watch for when carrying identical twins. It’s called Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS.) In layman’s terms, TTTS occurs when one twin starts getting more nutrients from the placenta. This is caused by abnormalities in the blood vessels within the umbilical cord.
TTTS can happen at any time in an identical twin pregnancy, and there is no “safe zone” for this issue until the babies are delivered. Like cancer, there are different stages of TTTS: stage one being a simple fix by amniocentesis, and stage five meaning imminent gestational loss. The most serious cases occur early in the pregnancy.
If you play the numbers game, there is a 10-15% chance of TTTS occurring in any given identical pregnancy. On the flip side, that means there’s an 85-90% for complete normalcy. I’m not a betting girl, but it’s nice to know the odds are in our favor on this one. It’s also nice to know that my every two week OB visits will be carefully screening for this issue.
And here I thought the only thing I had to worry about was saving up for a triple stroller.
(Which, by the way, I’ve found.) It’s made by a company called Valco Baby, and it comes with an attachable toddler or “joey” seat. It has gotten rave reviews by parents of multiples, and so far, it seems to be the best setup for two infants and a toddler. Pretty cool, eh?
Now I just have to sell my left kidney to pay for it.
After I deliver the babies, of course.