Wednesday, February 04, 2009

MOMO BABIES

So we had another ultrasound yesterday, and we
were very excited to see our little girls again.

However, it did not turn out to be the doctors app
of our dreams. We love our specialist Dr Sanderson,
he is upfront and honest with us which we appreciate.

So the good news is we are having identical twin girls.
The bad news is we are having identical twin girls.

The bad new is that they are what is called
monochorionic and monoamniotic or MoMo.

Basically what it comes down to for us, without going
into too many details about the "condition" is that
I will be VERY closely monitored for the next 8 weeks

with weekly fetal assessment and ultrasounds.
I will more than likely be an inpatient from 28 weeks
onward so they can more closely monitor their hearts
and blood flow. Then at 32 weeks they do a cesarean
delivery. Hopefully we will make it to the 32 week mark
to give them the best chance for growth before being
welcomed to the world.

So once they are here, praying that everything goes as
well as it can, they will be in the NICU for two months,
with perhaps the possibility of coming home a couple of
weeks early.

Thankfully we live REALLY close to the hospital for all
the daily trips to visit our little girls...


This news was shocking, as are the statistics related to
having MoMo twins. However, we are hoping and
praying for two healthy girls (as healthy as they can be
at 32 weeks) to be here in 8 weeks.. Yikes.. 8 weeks..
I am not stressing the way I thought I would, but of
course I am worried and have my million of questions
going on inside my head...

My pregnancy has been anything but typical, but this
is more than we expected..
So my due date was the 25th of May, so we are looking
at the last couple days of March, or first week of April.
We will find out more about that as we progress.


What are Monoamniotic Twins?
Monoamniotic twins are identical twins that develop
inside the same amniotic sac. Also known as MoMo
twins (Monoamniotic-Monochorionic), monoamniotic

twins are always identical. These share a placenta
within their mother’s uterus, but have two separate
umbilical cords for nourishment. Monoamniotic twins
are rare, occurring in approximately 1 in 60,000
pregnancies. Monoamniotic triplets can also develop,
but this is extremely rare.

Unfortunately, monoamniotic twins are at great risk
for health complications due to the close proximity of
the two umbilical cords in the amniotic sac. This makes
it particularly easy for the twins to become entangled

in each other’s cords, or to compress one another’s cords,
endangering their oxygen and food supply. The survival
rate for monoamniotic twins is approximately 50%.

Here are a couple photos of the girls..
The doctor was laughing because he was saying how
they have really big feet! (Just like their mother)
Also they were totally kicking each other during the
ultrasound..


My belly at 24 Weeks

8 comments:

Roth Family said...

I am so praying for you to have those babies and that they will be healthy. I'm thinking of you miles away. It will be exciting when they make their grand arrival. Are they giving the babies steroids or anything to develop their lungs and stuff since you have to deliver so early?

Nicole Wagner said...

OH my gosh..well I will totally be praying and fasting for those little babies....I know God will bless you Jenny and they will be healthy!!!!
love to you all...

The Nelson Family said...

I hope that all goes well for you over the next 8 weeks. Hopefully the babies will do alot better then expected. Can they monitor the babies to see if the cords are getting tangled or will they just deliver at 32 weeks for safety??? It sure will be fun trying to tell them apart......guess you'll have to paint their toenails or something......take it easy!!!!

Mel said...

Good luck, we'll pray for you. They are great ultrasounds! I love your belly pic! No stretchmarks?! So jealous.

Bess said...

Totally unrelated to your MoMo munchkins (which of course I am keeping in my prayers) but it is really hard to read the black writing on the brown background on your blog. Or maybe I am getting old:)

Alex and Kellie Lambert said...

Well you'll all be in our prayers... I hope everything goes well & they are healthy & everything. 8 weeks...wow... Take care of yourself & your little babies & hopefully all will go well.

Deborah said...

We will be praying for you that all goes well with your little girls! And wow - less than 8 weeks now!

Chantelle and Oscar Abarca said...

We will be praying for them...and hope that the next 8 weeks goes smoothly for you guys. have you thought of any names yet?