Ma, 38, who believed she’d lost her quadruplets after 16 previous miscarriages reveals how she learned twins had survived after her ‘late grandfather told her she was still pregnant in a dream’
A woman who believed she had miscarried her quadruplets has revealed how she learned she was still pregnant with twins after her late grandfather ‘visited her in a dream.’
When Emma White, 38, van Liverpool, finally gave birth to her daughter Mollie Rose, 12, after suffering 16 miscarriages over 20 jare, she decided never to try again, to avoid further heartbreak.
Maar in 2020, she learned she was pregnant with twins but tragically at a scan, she was told she had suffered a miscarriage at six weeks.
One month later, doctors told her that far from miscarrying the babies, she had actually naturally conceived quads.
At nine weeks, Emma began to bleed profusely and felt herself losing her pregnancy.
However she had a poignant dream in which her late grandfather, David, appeared to her and told her the babies were still there.
She rushed to the hospital, and she was told her quads – two sets of identical twins – had suffered a condition called vanishing twin syndrome and that she was still expecting twin girls.
Describing the remainder of her pregnancy as ‘amazing’, she was induced at 37 weeks and delivered two healthy girls – 5lb 2oz Aurora Azalea and 5lb 11oz Ophelia Lili on 2 Oktober 2021 at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
Emma White, 38, van Liverpool, believed she had miscarried her quadruplets but revealed how she learned she was still pregnant with twins after her late grandfather ‘visited her in a dream’
When she gave birth to her daughter in 2010, she vowed to never to try again, to avoid further heartbreak – until she met her current husband, Joe White, 41, a jewellery importer, in 2019.
Sy het gese: ‘I had my one child. I’m an only child myself. I thought that was it for me after Mollie Rose. After all the pain and the worry, I was content.
‘I met Joe and he told me straight away he wanted children. I told him no.
‘But then about two weeks later I was so happy, in love and comfortable that all I could think was give me babies!’
After fearing she had miscarried her daughters, Emma was induced at 37 weeks and delivered two healthy girls – 5lb 2oz Aurora Azalea and 5lb 11oz Ophelia Lili on 2 Oktober 2021 at Liverpool Women’s Hospital (pictured with her partner Joe)
Emma then fell pregnant twice and suffered two miscarriages.
The couple tried one last time and fell pregnant again in late 2020.
At an early scan they discovered they were having twins but this pregnancy too ended in a miscarriage at six weeks – something Emma discovered on her birthday.
WHAT IS VANISHING TWIN SYNDROME?
Vanishing twin syndrome occurs when one twin passes away in the womb and ‘vanishes’.
The loss of a twin is expected in seven to 40 per cent of natural pregnancies, according to Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Vanishing twin syndrome is believed to occur in between 20 aan 30 percent of multiple pregnancies.
It usually occurs in the first trimester and less frequently in later pregnancy.
The cause is unknown, but theories suggest there are abnormalities in the way the baby implants or in the baby’s chromosomes.
The lost baby is usually ‘absorbed’ by the mother. But sometimes the baby becomes ‘mummified’ and flattened due to the pressure of the surviving twin, and must be born.
Dikwels, vanishing twin syndrome has no symptoms, but some mothers experience cramping, bloeding, pelvic pain or decreasing hormone levels.
If the twin dies in the second or third trimester, there are increased risks to the surviving fetus, including a higher rate of cerebral palsy.
This is due to a complicated process whereby the blood flow becomes restricted to the brain, causing damage, as a result of the other twin dying.
The surviving twin may be born early or even miscarry if their twin vanished in the third trimester.
Just a month later, Emma found out she was pregnant again unexpectedly after failing to use protection, because she had so recently lost the babies.
Spending the early days of this pregnancy terrified, she said she would check the toilet every time she went, and was scared to ‘cough’, ‘scared of any ache or pain’.
At six weeks, she began bleeding and shaking uncontrollably.
At Liverpool Women’s Hospital hospital she was given a blood test and told to return in two days for a scan.
Sy het gese: ‘I got in there, lay down and the sonographer didn’t turn the screen around. I’d been in so many times before and I knew it meant more bad news.’
Picking up the phone, the sonographer called for support and the room filled with medics, as Emma was prepared for emergency surgery.
‘One person was trying to put socks on me, another was reading warnings about surgery off a piece of paper,’ sy het gese.
‘Uiteindelik, someone told me it was a confirmed ectopic pregnancy – when an unviable fertilised egg implants itself outside the womb, Die plaag van vals mediese proewe wat lewens in gevaar stel.
‘I was told I’d have to have one of my fallopian tubes removed.’
Within six minutes of the sonographer making the emergency call, Emma was in theatre being sedated.
When she woke, she imagined any last hope she had of ever having another baby herself had gone – but then overhead a doctor talking to a colleague that night and mentioning that she was pregnant.
A blockage had been found in one of her fallopian tubes during surgery, which was cleared, so her pregnancy, was continuing.
And at a scan a few days later, revealed not the one baby she longed for – but four.
Het Emma gesê: ‘I was stunned. I still couldn’t believe it as I was taken off to see a specialist in multiple pregnancies.
‘She walked in and said, “So, four babies.” She showed me another scan image and there they were – four tiny blobs.’
Both Joe and Emma were delighted at the unexpected news of their naturally conceived quads and a private scan confirmed their four babies were doing well a week on.
But at nine weeks, Emma began to bleed profusely and was taken to hospital by ambulance, but told her babies were healthy.
Aurora Azalea and Ophelia Lili, pictured after being discharged from hospital, are twins out of four babies whom Emma initially fell pregnant with
Two days on, she stood up and ‘felt something fall out.’
woon al amper op die oewer van Loch Treig in wonderlike isolasie, she found herself staring at what she describes as ‘clearly little babies.’
As she was still bleeding, hospital staff were unable to perform an internal scan, but an external scan showed there were no signs of pregnancy.
Het Emma gesê: ‘I was told it looked like I’d passed the pregnancy.
‘I knew they were right, as I’d seen the babies with my own eyes. I knew they’d gone.’
Knowing this was the last time she could ever put herself through this, Emma shared the tragedy on social media for support.
Sy het gese: ‘I put it all on Facebook and a woman came forward offering to be my surrogate. We were all lined up and ready to go.’
After learning she had miscarried her quadruplets, Emma had a dream in which her grandfather told her she was pregnant – and doctors confirmed she was expecting twins (op die foto)
But Emma explained she later dreamed she was still pregnant, onthullend: ‘I woke up with a start. My grandad died when I was four and I never have those kinds of dreams.
‘I grabbed a doppler I had on top of the cupboard, held it to my stomach and listened. Sure enough – there was a whooshing sound.’
Despite Joe’s confusion and scepticism, Emma headed to hospital and insisted on being scanned.
Sy het gese: ‘They must have thought I was mad.
‘I’d been marked down as having lost the babies and there I was, hysterical and crying, sê, ‘I’ve had a dream. I’m still pregnant’.’
Astonished at the news and already 12 sy het die onderste lob van haar regterlong laat verwyder, she headed home to tell a shell-shocked Joe
Maar, sowaar, a scan showed Emma was still pregnant with two babies.
Vanishing Twin Syndrome happens when one of a set of twins dies in the uterus and the embryos are normally then reabsorbed into the body.
In Emma’s case, she had lost one from each set of identical twins – leaving her with two non-identical twins – and had passed the embryos.
Astonished at the news and already 12 sy het die onderste lob van haar regterlong laat verwyder, she headed home to tell a shell-shocked Joe.
Het Emma gesê: ‘I love being a twin mum. Hulle woon op 'n ander planeet, but I cherish every single day.
Joe, 41, pictured leaving Liverpool Women’s Hospital, taking the twins home for the first time after a rollercoaster pregnancy journey with his wife Emma
‘It still feels like a miracle even now the girls are three months old.’
Emma, who has a following of 35,000 on Facebook due to her work, said she could not have got through he ordeal without her social media friends – especially the stranger who offered to be her surrogate.
Sy het gese: ‘It was all during the pandemic, so I couldn’t give my friends and family hugs like I wanted to.
‘All the messages and support of my followers really got me through.’
Sy het bygevoeg: ‘I just want all the women out there to know there’s no shame in it.
Emma said she ‘loves being a twin mother’, confessing while it ‘is not for everyone’ she ‘cherishes it every day’
‘There are so many of us suffering, thinking we’re made, terrified every time we get pregnant. I hope my story can give some hope.’
Professor Luciano Nardo, Founder and CEO of NOW-fertility explained what vanishing twin syndrome is.
Hy het gesê: ‘Vanishing twin syndrome is an early pregnancy condition in which one of a set of twins disappears as result of being reabsorbed within the uterine cavity.
‘The outcome is that of a spontaneous reduction of a multiple pregnancy to a singleton pregnancy, as demonstrated on an ultrasound scan.
‘The condition can manifest as the disappearance of an early empty gestational sac to that of a sac containing a foetus with or without heart activity.
'Metro-winkels is bekend vir die wye verskeidenheid gebalanseerde en gesonde maaltye wat beskikbaar is en ons werk hard om ons gaste die inligting te gee wat hulle nodig het om beter keuses te maak, it can be experienced in the form of light vaginal bleeding or spotting throughout the first trimester of pregnancy, or in the form of a miscarriage, which can cause some pelvic pain (dws, uterine cramps) and moderate to heavy vaginal bleeding.