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#1 of 45 Old 10-23-2009, 04:47 AM - Thread Starter
 
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In a bit of shock here.

I posted this in my DDC (June 2010) but thought it might be a good idea to cross post over here for advice.

I'm currently 7 weeks pregnant with quads. Two are identical. We did IVF and all three of the embryos transferred took and one split. This was NOT supposed to happen and my specialist told me that he has never once had this happen in his 15 year career!!

The doctor is giving me a 50/50 shot of my identical twins not making it to my next scan on November 3rd. He said that the heartrate of one was not looking good and the other didn't look like it was developing well.

I'm wondering if what he saw was twin to twin transfusion. Is it too early to detect that at 6weeks and 4 days?

My other twins look healthy and happy in their own little gestational sacs. They have good strong heartbeats too.

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Definitely shocking for you!

It's too early for twin to twin transfusion. After placentas are established is when the risk can begin.

Good luck!

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Wow! You must be in shock.

Like MamaRabbit said, it is too early for twin to twin transfusion.

Congrats!

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Wow! What a ride you're on! Congratulations and good luck!
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Congrats! Good luck.

I do know someone who gave birth to quads about a year or so ago. I believe she delivered around 26 weeks and all four did spend a fair amount of time in the NICU...but all four are now doing fine I believe. She was given the option to reduce and decided to wait and see what would happen through her first trimester. When all four survived that and all four were actually looking good she decided she would prefer to keep all of them. She did have a VERY hard time finding an OB who was willing to work with her though. She was very careful to take very good care of herself...took herself off work and I think she worked to put on close to 80 lbs. But obviously that all paid off.

Hang in there.
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Wow! What a shocker.

A lot could happen in the next few weeks, and it is likely to be an emotional roller coaster. We'll be here if you need us.

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hugs and prayers for you and your wee crew!

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What a surprise heh? One split into MZ, that is pretty amazing.

As for Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, I have read that it can be spotted as early as 6 weeks, although I'm not sure if that is why your dr. gave you the 50/50 chance. Check out the TTTS website for more info on that.


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sending hugs and prayers, and watching for updates.

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I started lightly spotting earlier today. It was only showing when I wiped but it was bright red. I called my doctors office and they are having me come in tomorrow morning for a scan to see what is going on.

In the meantime, I'm sick. I've been sick for a week now with either the flu or bad bronchitis so I have pretty much been off my feet. I'm nervous.

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Good luck tomorrow!

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sending good vibes and hope your way for the best outcome

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Hugs.

Good luck for tomorrow.

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Good luck. I hope everything turns out ok.
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Oh, mama! Hang in there! You are your babes will be in my prayers.

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Congrats on the pregnancy, and I hope all goes very well for you! Let us know how things go tomorrow-- we are all here for you.

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Wow! Good luck, and I'll be thinking about you.
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Wishing you the best of luck. Please update us.
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So my update is pretty much the same old same old. All the babies have heartbeats now. They are pretty steady. However identical twin 1 is measuring several days behind the other babies and identical twin 2 has a really large yolk sac.

My doctor still thinks the odds are very high that we are going to lose those two The bleeding was totally unrelated though.

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Good luck, mama...

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Oh goodness, more twists on your coaster. I think of you daily (weird, huh? swear I'm NOT a stalker ) and am praying for the best outcome. You've got to be a mix of emotions about all this. LOTS of love coming your way.
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Just wanted to give you a hug.

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Holy poop! Good luck!

Honestly the fact that they have heartbeats is good, though I know anything could happen.

I was a surrogate for my best friend and they transferred 6 embryo's. Of course, they did all 6 because the quality wasn't super and they didn't think they'd survive a freeze. Anyway, 3 stuck and over the weeks, we saw one heartbeat and 2 with none. One sac had obviously stopped growing at one ultrasound and then a week or two later, we saw the one heartbeat and none in the other. Another week and still no HB in the other. Long story short, I ended up carrying one baby-the others just stopped growing and were reabsorbed.

My point is, we didn't even get to the heartbeat stage and were told once there was a heartbeat, the chances of loss went wayyyy down. I'd assume in our case part of that was the quality of the embryo's, but still.

It does sound like the one might be having a hard time? How low is the heart rate? I don't know anything at all about having a large yoke sac, so I'm no help there, but my 2nd baby's heart rate was very low the entire time and she was fine. I think she was just super laid back...even her blood flow. haha. (This was the kind of baby that I could go a week without feeling a single movement in the 3rd trimester!) I'm not saying nothing is wrong because at this point, waiting is the only way to know for sure-but it could be fine

Good luck and keep us updated!

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The enlarged yolk sac is apparently a sign of a chromosomal disorder and often indicates an imminent miscarriage. So says my specialist and everything I've been able to google online.

I go in again on the 3rd to see how they are doing. I will be 8 weeks and 4 days by then.

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I just wanted to offer a bit of my story; not sure if it will provide comfort or not, but I've been thinking about you and thought I might want to hear a similar story. After 4 and half years of TTC (w/ 5 m/cs), I became pregnant this April; our first u/s revealed 3 heartbeats, 4 sacs. DH and I were shocked beyond belief. We were told then that the forth may develop, may not; that the chances of more than 2 surviving was slim. By 12 weeks, one of the four had stopped growing and I absorbed it; at this time they thought one of the three had a chromosomal issue and gave me less than 30% chance of it surviving. By 20 weeks, they couldn't tell the difference between that baby and the other two. Today, I am 31 wks w/ triplets. I'm not advocating for a triplet pregnancy; we certainly weren't looking for this; but it is the hand that I was dealt. This forum has become a tremendous amount of support and information for me. This waiting game is no fun; Take care of yourself. Keep us updated.
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Congratulations and hugs! At our first u/s one of my girls was measuring 2 weeks behind and had a strong heartbeat. The RE told us that the heartbeat was a good sign but recommended that we not tell people we were having triplets. 2 weeks later she was only 1 week behind and after that measured the same as the others. While she was the smallest at birth (3-2 at 34 weeks), she's been the largest of the three since 9 months.

For the nausea, i wasn't eating enough before I found out there were three. After I read Dr. Luke's birth and started eating a lot I felt so much better. It was hard the first couple days, but after that I was only sick when around people who smoked.

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