Welcome to Season One of Double Happiness Multiplied.
On Episode One, Part One, we get clear on what type of multiple you’re carrying and what that means for your pregnancy.
We hear from Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Associate Professor Craig Pennell who clears up some of the misconceptions surrounding whether your babies are identical or not, and how oftentimes your sonographer or obstetrician might give you a misdiagnosis.
Rebecca Perrie shares her story of going through her twin pregnancy thinking she was carrying fraternal, or non-identical twins, to only find out later on that her girls are in fact identical.
Jodie Wiren takes us on her journey with one of the rarest types of multiples – Monochorionic Monoamniotic twins or MoMos.
Also, Hypnobirthing Practitioner and Doula Elyse Jamieson tell us how when she found out she was expecting fraternal twins, she was determined to learn everything she could in order to make confident decisions that were specific to her situation.
And, I share my story about the shock of learning that I was carrying identical twins and that there were serious complications.
On part two of this episode, we’ll focus on Higher Order Multiples. Laura Sarubin tells us about her journey with identical triplet girls and Jannelle Snaddon explains how she had to grow a uterus to have a baby and ended up with quadruplets.
By the end of Episode One, you’ll be quite familiar with terms like Zygosity, Chorionicity, and Placentation so you’ll have the knowledge you’ll need to be proactive when attending your medical appointments.
A zygote is a fertilised egg.
Fraternal twins are Dizygotic, which means two eggs have been fertilised by two sperm.
Monozygotic twins are where one egg is fertilised by one sperm and then that egg divides at some stage in the first two weeks after fertilisation.
You can get Dichorionic Diamniotic twins where some are identical and some are non-identical.
Monochorionic Diamniotic twins sharing a placenta are always identical.
The rate of identical twins is fixed across the world at 1-in-every 285 pregnancies.
Of those, just 1-percent are the rarest type, which is Monochorionic Monoamniotic.
Monochorionic Monoamniotic twins are also identical, however, they share the same amniotic sac, which poses increased risks during pregnancy and requires significant monitoring.
Thank you for listening to Part One of Episode One, Season ONE of Double Happiness Multiplied. There are some great FREE downloads on the Double Happiness Multiplied website with diagrams that explain the types of Higher Order Multiples we’ve learned about in this episode.
On Part Two of Episode One, we’ll explore Higher Order Multiples including a mum of triplets and a woman who had to grow a uterus to have a baby and ended up with quadruplets.