I’m very sad to tell you that one of our twin girls, baby A, is not doing well. Her growth has always been below average, but at Monday’s ultrasound it became clear that she really hasn’t grown in the last few weeks. She’s measuring about 4 weeks behind and weighs not even a pound. In comparison, baby B is a week behind and weighs 25 oz, slightly on the small side but very normal for a twin. We know that baby A is not thriving because she has severly restricted blood flow through her umbilical cord. We had another ultrasound today which showed that just since Monday she has lost a lot of fluid from her sac, which is another indication that she is not thriving. Some of you may be wondering why this is happening when the amnio results showed that both babies were healthy. Unfortunately, we found out later that the two samples taken were from the same sac, so we never found out about baby A because I refused to undergo another amnio (see this post as to why). So we’re not sure why this is happening–it could be chromosomal, or maybe the placenta isn’t good or maybe it’s just the umbilical cord. All of the doctors consulted indicate that it is probably a chromosomal problem, but this is not a certainty.
Whichever the case, the best we can hope for baby A is that she passes in utero, as she is already showing signs of this happening. Any heroic attempt to save her now would mean delivering both babies, putting both of them at extreme risk. All we can do now is to do the best we can for baby B and wait and see what course baby A takes.
This is very devastating for me and for Tom. Both of us have grown attached to our girls, have given them names and have re-imagined our lives as parents of twin girls. We are extremely sad with this turn of events. Please pray for baby A that she doesn’t suffer and for baby B that she continues to grow and thrive.
If you have any questions, please post them here. I’m very happy to answer any and all questions, I just don’t want to end up answering the same questions over and over again. This is also why I’m announcing baby A’s progress on this blog, so that I don’t have to tell the story over and over again.
Thank you all for your love and support.