What are monoamniotic monochorionic twins?
‘Momo twins’, as they are popularly known, refer to monozygotic multiples. This means that they develop in a single amniotic sac and share the same placenta.
Momo twins are formed when a single egg-sperm combination splits a week or more after conception, after the processes of growing a placenta, chorion, and amniotic sac are already underway.
Although this pregnancy condition is rare, momo twins face a lot of health risk during gestation, which includes: umbilical cord complications, abnormal amniotic fluid levels, low birth weight, and preterm birth.
Mothers with such complications are advised to deliver via c-section and be under strict monitoring from their doctor during their pregnancy.
The adorable ‘momo’ twins
Australian mom Ann Le was pregnant with momo twins and was worried throughout her pregnancy. When the delivery day came, she couldn't believe how adorable her baby girls were.
Le and her husband, Jason Poon, welcomed their girls in January, at 29 weeks, because their heart rates had become abnormal. An emergency c-section was required, and the girls were delivered weighing just over two pounds each.
The girls, Zoe and Olivia, were immediately rushed to the NICU, where they were kept for 27 days. Finally, on February 22, the girls were set to meet each other for the first time after their birth.
On that first meeting, the girls did the most precious thing, and that has warmed millions of hearts. As soon as the girls were placed on their mum’s chest, they went in for a big hug. While speaking to TODAY, their mother described the occurrence saying:
"They both just laid on my chest and snuggled up to each other for a while. Everything was perfect — we finally felt like a family."
The girls have continued to improve in the NICU, and their parents are hoping to have them home by April. Also, they were informed that their girls might need heart surgery; nevertheless, Le is grateful that her girls are alive.
Le and Jason have created an Instagram account for Zoe and Olivia to celebrate their survival.
For parents who are having momo twins, there are some tips to make your pregnancy period easier and safer.
Mothers are advised to stay away from stress once their consultant has diagnosed them. It is important to note that your diagnosis isn’t confirmed until a high-risk specialist confirms your complication with a high-resolution ultrasound.
Also, ensure you are taken care of by a maternal-fetal specialist, usually known as a perinatologist.
This story is proof that the bond between twins is spectacular. Congrats to the new parents. Our prayers remain with Olivia and Zoe. We hope they get stronger and healthier and grow up to show the world more of that love.