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They can’t be twins – they don’t look the same!

Most twins are fraternal, which means two eggs, two separate sacs – a little like ordinary siblings who happened to be conceived and born at the same time.  Yet, because identical twins are the ones that people notice, those folk who are slightly clueless about twins find it very hard to believe that somebody can […]

How do you tell them apart?

The trouble with having identicals is that your very own kin – even close family – can’t tell them apart, and yet complete strangers will stand in the street and argue with you that they’re not identical. Fact is, you can’t say for sure whether twins are identical – even monochorionic ones (twins that share […]

Twin-to-Twin-Transfusion – a difficult journey.

So what do you do when told you’re expecting twins? You spend hours staring fixedly at that fuzzy black and white picture of two little lives growing inside your tummy, shaking your head in disbelief. Every so often you reach for the accompanying letter, reading the medical terminology over and over, waiting for it to […]

Twins in the 1940s

My father is a twin, born in the 1940s, a time when ultrasound was a faraway dream and his mother, Nelma, ‘knew’ there were two babies inside her but doctors could not confirm if this was a reality.  She gave birth to my uncle first and told the doctors, “There’s another one in there!” “Don’t […]

Double Hormones Double ‘Fun’!

LJ. The vomiting began very quickly. In fact, I knew I was pregnant because as soon as I missed a period, I felt queasy. And the sickness got worse as the pregnancy progressed. It was like being seasick, but you cannot get off the boat. The only time my partner ever had any sympathy for […]

You’re having TWINS!!

LJ:  The best thing about parenting twins is also the worst thing about parenting twins – there are two of them.  It’s incredibly difficult having two babies when, like me, you’re a first time clueless mother who didn’t know what to do with one baby.  But I found myself actually feeling sorry for parents that […]