April 17, 2011

Pregnancy Video

My Pregnancy 

April 16, 2011

Birth.. Plus a little

Hannah Marie
April 16,2011 12:53pm
Micro Preemie
684 grams
1lbs  8oz 
Twin A
Hailey Grace
April 16,2011 12:55pm
1330 grams
2lbs 14oz
Twin B

     The girls were born and after a quick glance of Hannah and a quick feel of Hailey they were rushed to the NICU. I didn't get to see them for 2 hours after they were born. They were both intubated on room air and seemed to be healthy for their size.

Twin B/Hailey
     After a few more tests we were told that Hannah(Twin A) had; A large, medium and a few small VSD's(holes in her heart) and a PDA(small hole in her heart common in premature baby's). They would need to be closed but she needed to be AT LEAST 6kg/6lbs9oz, 5lbs 1oz away. She would grow slower because of the holes and we were told she would have to stay in the hospital longer.

    They found white matter in Hailey's(Twin B) head ultrasound. The doctor said they would do another scan in 10 days and he had seen it disappear... sadly we didn't. They couldn't tell us what problems white matter could cause later in life. She would need an MRI at 3 months.

The term preemie is given to a baby born before 37weeks, babies born before 26weeks or weighing less then 800g/1.12lbs is called a Micro Preemie. Hannah my little micro preemie and Hailey was just big enough to make preemie.

3 Hours After Birth
These pictures don't even measure how small they really were.

Hannah/Twin A

Hailey/Twin B

Hospital day 1
after 2.5 months bed rest in Van 

April 15, 2011

My pregnancy

18 weeks

       February 10, 2011 was my first ultrasound at week 20 of my pregnancy. I didn't know It was twins and as soon as I found out I was told that one was smaller and that I would need to go to B.C womens hospital the next Monday. The doctor up north told me I would only be in Vancouver for 1-3 days.
       After being seen by the specialists I was informed that Twin A(Hannah) measured 2 weeks smaller then Twin B(Hailey) and that they were girls. The girls were Identical sharing one placenta and each had their own sack(Monochorionic Diamniotic). They did not have twin to twin transfusion. Their egg didn't split 50 50 like most twins it split more like 20 80/40 60, but we didn't no for sure. Since I had my first ultrasound at 20 weeks we didn't know if twin A had always been two week behind or if she had just started growing slower.
They gave me a few options: Terminate the entire pregnancy, Terminate just twin A, Stay in Vancouver for close monitoring or do nothing.
       Terminating just twin A had some risks that went with it; I could lose twin B, Twin B could have brain damage from the procedure and that I was at high risk for pre term labour.
       The risks of just monitoring the twins were; Twin A could die making Twin B die or Twin B could suffer from brain damage if, Twin A could suffer from brain damage from the lack of oxygen and nutrients from the placenta, They both would be born premature making high risks of brain damage, eye problems lung problems(ect.)
24 weeks

       I am the type of person that doesn't like taking risks. I had chose in my mind to terminate A. There seemed to be less risks and I had a 95% chance of B making it. Their father wanted to keep both of them and change my mind. Probably the only good thing he has ever done.
      We had until 23week5days to watch the growth on twin A before we were no longer aloud to terminate. We were lucky that Twin A continued to grow 2 weeks behind until 26weeks measuring her to be 24weeks.

At 27 weeks I was admitted into B.C women's hospital. They were able to hold off on delivery until 29weeks4days. That gave Twin A a survival rate of 40-90%, and Twin B a 95% chance.

Infant Survival

 by gestational week

Up until 21 weeks: 0% survival rate
at 22 weeks: 0-10% survival rate
at 23 weeks: 10-35% survival rate
at 24 weeks: 40-70% survival rate
at 25 weeks: 50-80% survival rate
at 26 weeks: 80-90% survival rate
at 27 weeks: greater than 90% survival rate
at 30 weeks: greater then 95% survival rate
at 34 weeks: greater then 98% survival rate