Twin Pregnancy Diary – 23 Weeks An Early Update

September 20, 2013


Another emotionally exhausting week has passed and I’m updating a little earlier than usual because so much has changed. We’ve had some amazing news about our twins that has been a total weight of my shoulders but at the same time feeling very let down by our original hospital. If you’ve been following my pregnancy diary you’ll know that early on I was told the twins appeared to be MC/MA sharing a placenta and sac. When I looked into to it myself it seemed that they sometimes spotted the membrane later on but 5 scans later my notes hadn’t changed and no one had told me any different. I had a very scary conversation with the consultant and had to face up to the fact that these babies might not survive  We were referred to a specialist at a different hospital, went in for our scan which was with a lovely Doctor and one of the first things she spotted…a membrane! I held my breath while she checked the babies out and had a double check but even we could see it. All I felt was absolute relieve and struggled to keep my emotions in check while she finished the scan.

I could not be happier that our twins have been confirmed to now be MC/DA meaning they are still identical, sharing a placenta but in separate sacs. One of the first things she explained was that there is no risk of cord entanglement now – the thing that was keeping me awake at night as my original consultant hadn’t given me much hope. She also said I could now be referred back to my original hospital for the rest of my care. The thought does not fill me with much joy; the ante-natal department only spotted the MC/MA on my notes at 20 weeks and I’ve had it confirmed that I should have seen the doctors at the specialist hospital straight after it was first suspected. Fair enough they still may not have picked it up until later on but I had more information and reassurance from that doctor in that one appointment than I have the whole way through my care.

I am never quick to complain and it isn’t in my nature to kick up a fuss but I can’t help but feel like the time wasn’t taken to explain things to me. While it all looks good for now and I should be able to carry the babies until 36/37 weeks there is still a chance of early labour as there is with all twins and I’m afraid this experience hasn’t left me with much confidence. I have to say that on the whole I am a massive supporter of the NHS, I think so many staff do an amazing job and I have nothing but good things to say about the staff at my first delivery (at a different hospital). I could rest easy with this one and I can’t help feeling that maybe some of this stress and upset could have been avoided. It has only been a week since they told me and I feel like it has been months of worry.

Thank you all for your kind wishes, I am honestly overjoyed that these little boys will have a safer future. I can’t wait for them to be here safe in our arms! When I first found out I was pregnant I never imagined it being like this and I think this time I will be glad when it’s all over and we have two healthy little boys to bring home and add to our family.

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  • Karen Calladine

    Fantastic news. A huge weight has been lifted. Have you the option of staying with the second hospital? If it gives you peace of mind, it might be worth asking.

    Karen x

    September 20, 2013 at 10:22 am Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      Thank Karen, yes I can change if I want to but it is a bit further away and my original hospital is so convenient. I’m going to see how it goes this week and make a decision. I think if I’m really uncomfortable their I’ll have to consider it. I feel so much better this week xx

      September 20, 2013 at 3:11 pm Reply
  • lucy at dear beautiful

    I’m so relieved for you that things are looking far better now. Pregnancy us such a worrying time anyway, that I can’t imagine how much worse it must have been. Like you I’m a big NHS supporter, and the only complaint I ever have about it is that it never feels like people have time to really explain things to you. And I’m a natural worrier so that kind of thing just makes me worse. X

    September 24, 2013 at 8:13 am Reply
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