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Poll Results: Are the identical?

 
  • 77% (111)
    Duh, yes.
  • 4% (7)
    Duh, No.
  • 16% (23)
    Maybe, maybe not. Hard to say from the info. and pics.
  • 1% (2)
    Other.
143 Total Votes  
post #21 of 54
I want to say yes, but I'm not certain enough to add the "Duh" . I thought slingwearin'mama's boys were MZ but I'm in the minority in that poll so now I'm second-guessing myself. I answered "Maybe" but my gut says they're identical.
post #22 of 54
If anyone does another one of these threads again, I really think the options should be something like:
I have multiples & think they're Identical
I have multiples & think they're Fraternal
I have multiples & I don't know
I do NOT have multiples & think they're Identical
I do NOT have multiples & think they're Fraternal
I do NOT have multiples & I don't know.

Over at SlingWearin'Mama's thread about 90% of the multiple moms thought Identical, but there were SO many non-multiple moms that almost all voted that they were Fraternal. I do think multiple moms understand more about mitochondria differences, variations, fingerprints, etc.

I can see differences in your beautiful daughter's faces, but they're pretty insignificant. I voted Identical. Definitely save the money!
post #23 of 54
I voted identical too! They are gorgeous, and very similar!
post #24 of 54
I voted yes too, but they do look a lot like their older sister apart from their eye colour. Oh and they are all gorgeous. If your mum wants to pay for a test I would let her.
post #25 of 54
I voted monozygotic, they look identical to me. And I totally understand the curiosity, I'm in a similar situation but my guys are only 4 months old. I'm tired of saying "We don't think so" when asked if they're identical, and then have to explain why we don't know yet. So much of the masses think that it's something you will automatically know when they are born.

And I agree with Spark on the identifying of twin mommies in future polls. I think most of us have done a lot more research on twins.

For me, I would still do the test if you mom was willing to pay. Only way to know for certain. At Affiliated Genetics they are $160, so that can save you a little.

Keep us posted!
post #26 of 54
Beautiful girls - totally MZ! I'd still do a test - heck I want a test for my boys and they look NOTHING alike!
post #27 of 54
Totally adorable and totally identical!
post #28 of 54
I don't think that they are identical. They do look a lot alike. But so do my two boys who are 6.5 years apart.
post #29 of 54
Well I voted Duh! but I would want to know for sure.

And your family is beautiful Mama!!! :
post #30 of 54
I think they are MZ for sure. Your story sounds much like mine. My girls were di/di, same blood type, same hair color, eye color, height and weight has been almost EXACT at each appointment, etc. At birth, they looked NOTHING alike but very quickly started looking the same. I did the zygosity test at 3 months....I feel it's something that is a need to know thing. I say MZ but think you should let your mom splurge on the test.

By the way....you and your DH do make clones but all three of your girls are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!
post #31 of 54
I said yes, but I could not believe a high school friend was a fratenal twin and not identical.
post #32 of 54
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Originally Posted by the_lissa View Post
I said yes, but I could not believe a high school friend was a fratenal twin and not identical.
I wouldn't be surprised if they were told fraternal b/c of having two separate placentas and/or sacs. There are still docs out there today who think this rules out mz twins (I just met a mom with babies who clearly looked mz, but was told by her doc that they "couldn't be because there were two separate placentas.")
post #33 of 54
I vote yes!
post #34 of 54
Definitely.
post #35 of 54
I thought identical twins shared the same placenta.....I didn't know they could each have their own. Someone I know claims that she just found out that her twins were identical, and she is only 12 weeks pregnant, is that possible?
post #36 of 54
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Originally Posted by Owachi View Post
I thought identical twins shared the same placenta.....I didn't know they could each have their own. Someone I know claims that she just found out that her twins were identical, and she is only 12 weeks pregnant, is that possible?
You can know they're identical in the womb if they share the same sac & placenta (and same gender, obviously - although I know there's that super rare case of b/g MZ twins). No question there. However, if there are separate sacs and what appears to be one placenta, that is questionable b/c the placenta often fuses (my twins did sometime after 26 weeks). I believe though that at 12 weeks it would be unlikely for a placenta to have fused. Anyway, isn't it only something like 25% of MZ twins share a placenta?
post #37 of 54
Quote:
Originally Posted by Owachi View Post
I thought identical twins shared the same placenta.....I didn't know they could each have their own. Someone I know claims that she just found out that her twins were identical, and she is only 12 weeks pregnant, is that possible?
It all depends on at what point in the process of cell division the egg splits. An early split can make for two completely separate sacs and placentas, and some MZ twins share a sac and placenta (that's probably the case with your friend and why they could tell on the ultrasound).
post #38 of 54
And 12 weeks is right in the 'ideal' range for a skilled u/s tech to see (or not see) the lambda sign that would show where two placentas had fused. Iirc, if that's not there, and there is one large placenta, that's how they'd make that determination. Anyway...if they share anything (amnion, chorion, placenta), they are mz. If they share none of those things, they still *might* be mz (25%-30% of mz have separate everything). Mine seemingly shared nothing (they were unsure about chorion and there was a very thin membrane between them) and we presume they're mz, too. I'm also not so willing to pop for that $160!
post #39 of 54
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the nice compliments on my family I'm so proud of each of them. They are all such darlings.

I forgot to say they did have a fused placenta. It was huge! The nurse held it up in front of me and it was darn near as long as her and she was straining to hang on to it.

The membrane between their sacks was very small, which is also an indicator of them possibly being MZ. My mom said last night that she will be ordering the test when she has the money. I'll be sure to update
post #40 of 54
They're MZ, I think. Looks like one of them has a rounder face than the other, just like my girls. It's only $150 or 160 to do the DNA test at affiliated genetics, and there's no blood required.

I think we need an MZ twins FAQ so when the singleton mommies come in we can just direct them there.
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