Touching Moment Pʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ Twins Hug After Meeting For The First Time Outside The Womb
Twins almost always have some sort of bond. And usually, they’re pretty close. When those twins share the same amniotic sac within their mother’s ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs, they may feel even more close, having shared the first home together.
These sets of twins who share the same ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ sᴀᴄ (unlike in other pregnancies where they have separate sacks) and the same placenta are called ᴍᴏɴᴏᴄʜᴏʀɪᴏɴɪᴄ ᴍᴏɴᴏᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ twins. This can be ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs ᴀs ᴛʜᴇ Fᴏᴇᴛᴜs gets its food through the placenta, so if they are sharing, it may lead to ᴜɴᴇǫᴜᴀʟ ɴᴜᴛʀɪᴛɪᴏɴ ʙᴇɪɴɢ sʜᴀʀᴇᴅ.
Ann Le from Melbourne, Australia, is one mother who was told she would be having ᴍᴏɴᴏᴄʜᴏʀɪᴏɴɪᴄ ᴍᴏɴᴏᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ twins. Her children were also unfortunately born 12 weeks early which posed additional ʀɪsᴋs. Thankfully though, Ann’s two daughters arrived safely into the world.
Due to some ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs after birth, the two girls, Zoe and Olivia, were separated for 27 long days. When they were first bought together, they even embraced one other and a picture caught the perfect moment.
Ann and her husband Jason Poon knew their pregnancy was ʜɪɢʜ ʀɪsᴋ as the girls would be ᴍᴏɴᴏᴄʜᴏʀɪᴏɴɪᴄ ᴍᴏɴᴏᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ twins, a rare condition in which twins are always identical, share the placenta and the amniotic sac, but have two separate umbilical cords. Monoamniotic twins develop when an embryo doen’t split until after the formation of the amniotic sac at about 9-13 days after Fᴇʀᴛɪʟɪsᴀᴛɪᴏɴ. These pregnancies are usually ʜɪɢʜ ʀɪsᴋ and can lead to ᴜᴍʙɪʟɪᴄᴀʟ ᴄᴏʀᴅ ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs, ᴀʙɴᴏʀᴍᴀʟ ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ Fʟᴜɪᴅ ʟᴇᴠᴇʟs, ʟᴏᴡ ʙɪʀᴛʜ ᴡᴇɪɢʜᴛ, ᴏʀ ᴇᴠᴇɴ Tᴡɪɴ-Tᴡɪɴ TʀᴀɴsFᴜsɪᴏɴ Sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ, ᴡʜᴇɴ ᴀʙɴᴏʀᴍᴀʟ ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴠᴇssᴇʟ ᴄᴏɴɴᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴs Fᴏʀᴍ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀʟʟᴏᴡ ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴛᴏ Fʟᴏᴡ ᴜɴᴇᴠᴇɴʟʏ ʙᴇᴛᴡᴇᴇɴ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴀʙɪᴇs.
When Zoe and Olivia’s heart rate became erratic before their delivery, Ann had to get an early emergency caesarian. After being born, the girls weighed a mere two pounds and had to be rushed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 27 days where they were ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴇᴅ separately.
Unfortunately, because they were so little, I missed out on immediate skin-to-skin with them as they had to be taken to intensive care for breathing support, Ann wrote on her Instagram.
‘But I knew this coming into sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ and was just happy they were ᴀʟɪᴠᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ᴋɪᴄᴋɪɴɢ. 27 days after birth the girls finally got to meet. Zoe immediately went in for the hug.’
On International Women’s Day, Ann wrote about her daughters and how strong they were. They are still not allowed to go home but may be allowed to do so in April when they were supposed to be born. However they also have to now have heart sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ which could derail their home delivery. Mum Ann is hopeful that the girls will be Fɪɢʜᴛɪɴɢ through it all.
She wrote: ‘Today is International Women’s Day. Our strong little women have had a tough start to life but they are ʟɪᴛᴛʟᴇ Fɪɢʜᴛᴇʀs ᴡʜᴏ ᴋᴇᴇᴘ ᴘᴜsʜɪɴɢ through.