Does swimming cause more cord entanglement and cord compression while pregnant with MoMo twins?

I’d say no but some people think any extra movement may cause more cord entanglement and cord compression? The two things we’re trying to avoid with these special twin girls.

I’d say it’s split down the middle with 50% of experts saying to lay low and practice modified or full bedrest after fetal viability and the other 50% saying take it easy but continue modified activities to stay healthy.

Momo twins are so rare there is very little research and/or studies to prove or disprove cause and effects.

Here are some MoMo twin facts:

*Monoamniotic twins are always identical

*Monoamniotic twins are the result of a late splitting egg; one that split around 8-12 days after fertilization

*Monoamniotic twins only occur in 1% of twins

*Monoamniotic twins share a placenta and amniotic sac which means they have skin to skin contact

*Monoamniotic twins are considered extremely high risk because of the risk of cord compression leading to fetal death as a result of umbilical cord entanglement

*Monoamniotic twins are always delivered by C-Section

*Monoamniotic twins are almost always delivered between 32-34 weeks gestation because the risks of staying in utero are GREATER than the risks associated with a premature birth

*75% of monoamniotic twins are girls

*inpatient monitoring at viability yeilds the greatest success rates (24 weeks gestation is commonly thought of as viability)

This pregnancy is full of tough decisions… I was swimming laps 3-4 times a week up until about 2 weeks ago. Today, the physical therapist at the hospital visited me with mild bedrest activities. She mentioned the pool here at the hospital. My eyes lit up and I said, I have my swimsuit! She said she has to get an order from my Dr who has been nervous about me swimming my whole pregnancy. My perinatologist has threatened bedrest if I don’t take it easy and didn’t like hearing about my lap swimming. My nurse called the attending hospitalist who said she’d have to confer with the 2 perinatologists (high risk pregnancy doctors) that have been taking care of me for the last 18 weeks.

I’m in a unique situation because I’m inpatient by choice. I also am attempting agressive monitoring by choice. So, you would think that if I can crank out 20-22 hrs of electronic fetal monitoring a day, I’d earn a dip in the pool. My perinatologist only wanted 3 hours of monitoring per day because most people can’t tolerate more than that.

Let’s hope that they all agree that flopping around in the pool would be good for all of us girls!