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Q&A: Vanishing Twin Syndrome?

What is "Vanishing Twin Syndrome"? I'm having twins, is this something I should worry about?

Re: What is "Vanishing Twin Syndrome"? I'm having twins, is this something I should worry about?

The Bump Expert

In some cases, one fetus in a multiple pregnancy will die in the womb, and the fetal tissue will be condensed in its sac by the other twin, placenta, or mother, giving the appearance that the baby has literally disappeared. This is what we call Vanishing Twin Syndrome (VTS). VTS usually occurs in the first trimester, and rarely are there real medical risks to either mom or the other twin that are associated with it when it does happen this early on.

Karen Moise, RN

Q&A: Vanishing Twin Syndrome?

I had a vanishing twin! Kind of creepy thinking about it! But my parents got pregers with my sister and she is only 11 months and 1 day younger than me. So I guess I kind of got my twin several months late! We are the same age for one month every year!

phelpsam |

Q&A: Vanishing Twin Syndrome?

I just had my first ultrasound (8 weeks) - we initially thought we were seeing a second baby but the doctor is 95% sure it is a vanishing twin. I don't know how to react/respond -obviously nobody plans for twins (natural conception with 0 history of twins) but we are always open to whatever God gives us. Was there ever a heartbeat? Did I miscarry or did it not develop? I feel strange right now - not sure if I'm suddenly grieving a loss that I didn't even know about or what...

mama0712 |