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Wow! Preemie Twins Born 24 Days Apart… and Doing Well

Friday, June 13th, 2014

We’ve heard of twins technically being born a year apart, thanks to a holiday delivery. And one of the twin moms in my multiples Facebook group posted that her twins were technically born in separate months, when the calendar page flipped during her delivery. I thought those stories were amazing enough until I saw this week’s news of the twins born 24 days apart. And “wow” is all I can say.

Massachusetts parents Lindalva DaSilva and Ronaldo Anlunes were excitedly expecting twins, slated to arrive this June—but daSilva’s water broke in February, just 24 weeks into her pregnancy. Naturally, she was terrified of losing the babies when the family rushed to Tufts Medical Center in Boston, and doctors scrambled to manage the contractions with drugs, and provide antibiotics and brain- and lung-maturity medication to protect the babies, according to Today.com.

The first twin came on March 2, weighing just one and a half pounds—but he survived, with intensive care to keep him alive. Recognizing the extreme danger to the other twin if he were to be born at the same time, doctors made the exceedingly rare decision to keep him and the placenta inside. It was a move that Tufts chief of maternal-fetal medicine Dr. Sabrina Craigo told Today.com she’d seen maybe only 10 times in her 20 years of practice.

All the family and medical staff could do was wait and monitor the situation while DaSilva remained in the hospital. Her labor didn’t begin again for nearly a month, with the second twin finally arriving on March 26, weighing a full pound more than his brother. By then, he’d cooked for 28 weeks, when babies’ survival chances soar to 90 percent.

Both twins have been in the NICU since their births, but both are now close to seven pounds and are breathing on their own.

It’s an amazing story, and one that surely provides some measure of comfort for multiples moms fearing early delivery—a fear which has plagued me for the duration of my twin pregnancy. Pregnancy and birth may be frustratingly—even terrifyingly—unpredictable, but it’s very reassuring to have modern medicine on our side!

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Birth Stories: When You're Expecting Twins
Birth Stories: When You're Expecting Twins
Birth Stories: When You're Expecting Twins

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Mila Kunis is Pregnant with Ashton Kutcher’s Baby!

Monday, March 24th, 2014

The latest celebrity baby trend seems to be announcing your engagement, then your pregnancy, and Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have done just that! Following in the footsteps of Christina Aguilera and Scarlett Johansson, Mila and Ashton are expecting their first child, nearly a month after confirming their engagement. Mila has even been spotted taking a prenatal yoga class recently in Hollywood, according to E!.

“Ashton and Mila feel like they won the baby lottery,” a friend of the couple told OK magazine, which reports that Mila is four months along in her pregnancy. “It was a total shock for both of them, but they feel up for the challenge,” the friend said. “It didn’t seem like it was possible for them to fall any deeper in love, but the prospect of raising an insta-family together has solidified their commitment to each other.”

The longtime friends—who are only expecting one baby, not twins which has previously been rumored—first met on the set of That ‘70s Show in 1998 and went public with their relationship in 2012 after Ashton split from first wife Demi Moore. This will be the first child for both, though Ashton became very close to his ex-wife’s three daughters, so he has some dad experience—just not with babies!

Ashton described (step) fatherhood to USA Today in 2011: “It’s a completely learn-on-the-job thing,” he said. “Your best teachers are your parents anyway. You take the ‘best of’ from your parents and you try to eliminate the ‘worst of’ from your parents.”

Congrats to Mila and Ashton! You’ll get the hang of parenthood by feeling your way through, just like the rest of us!

And in more baby news, Alyssa Milano announced on her website that she is expecting her second child—a little brother or sister for son Milo, 2 ½ . She told People in September: “I want to have another child, just because I want Milo to have a sibling and have someone to grow with. My brother and I are so close, and I can’t imagine not giving my son that kind of relationship.”

We’ll have to wait to see if two is enough for Alyssa, or if little Milo will be getting more siblings soon.

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Our Favorite Celebrity Babies of the Year

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Surprising Trait You Could Pass Down to Your Baby

Friday, March 21st, 2014

We all know things like hair and eye color, even intelligence, can be passed down from mom and dad to baby. But can anxiety? A new study says yes, and more specifically, your fear of math can rub off on your little one while he or she is in the womb. What? Who knew?

According to a study conducted by researchers at Ohio State University, whose findings are published in the online version of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, genetic factors explain about 40 percent of the individual differences in math anxiety. The rest is chocked up to experiences at school, home and around friends.

The study, which examined how 216 identical twins and 298 same-sex fraternal twins differ on measures of math anxiety, provides a new view on why some children—and adults—may develop a real fear of math that makes it more difficult for them to solve math problems and succeed in school.

Science Daily reports that math anxiety taps into genetic predispositions in two ways: “People’s cognitive performance on math and their tendency toward anxiety,” said Zhe Wang, lead author of the study and postdoctoral researcher in psychology at Ohio State University.

Stephen Petrill, professor of psychology at Ohio State, and the principal investigator of the study, says, “Genetic factors may exacerbate or reduce the risk of doing poorly at math. If you have these genetic risk factors for math anxiety and then you have negative experiences in math classes, it may make learning that much harder.“

Hmmm…so in addition to prenatal appointments, and readying the nursery, do pregnant mamas-to-be need to be boning up on their math skills, so their newborns will eventually be math geniuses rather than math worriers?

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What Kids Like (And Don't Like) About School

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Prince William: Kate Middleton Pregnancy Rumors Are…

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

False—for now! Rumors have been circulating the internet that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting royal twins, making Prince George a big brother (yes, despite Kate’s completely flat stomach). But according to Prince William, George will have to wait for siblings to play hide ‘n’ seek with around Buckingham Palace.

While attending a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Aldershot, England, the Prince confirmed “One [child] is enough at the moment.” But didn’t rule out future kids. “Maybe one day,” he said.  Just not now!

I’m not sure why people get in such a hurry for new moms to turn around and have a second right away.  It’s as if you’re not even allowed to enjoy the time you have with your baby. Literally days after I had my son Logan, people started asking, “So when are you going to make Logan a big brother?” At that point, I was still sleep deprived and placing diapers on backwards. (Oops!) The last thing on my mind was when was I going to have another one!

But to each her own! Kudos to multitasking mommies like Jessica Simpson and Drew Barrymore. Jessica’s daughter, Max, is 14 months older than baby bro Ace, and Drew told me daughter, Olive, will be 19 months old, when her second daughter is born. Some moms would much rather have kids close in age, so they can get the diaper duty over with, and have kids who can grow up to be close friends and schoolmates.

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Huh? How Can Twins be Born a Year Apart?

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Does that sound like some kind of head-scratching riddle? The answer: On New Year’s! So far, two sets of twins have been reported with one being born in 2013, and the other in 2014! Pretty cool, right?

According to ABC News, on December 31, 2013, at 11:58 pm, Yaleni Santos Tohalino gave birth to baby girl Lorraine Yaleni Begazo, who weighed 6 pounds, 4.9 ounces, at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, in Washington, D.C. Soon after, her twin brother Brandon Ferdinardo Begazo was born on January 1, 2014, at 12:01 am, weighing 5 pounds, 10.4 ounces.

In Toronto, two fraternal twin sisters were born at Trillium Health Partners-Credit Valley Hospital. Older sister Gabriela Salgueiro was born on Dec. 31, 2013, at 11:52 pm, weighing 6 pounds, 16 ounces. On Jan. 1, 2014, at 12:00:38 am, younger twin Sophia Salgueiro was born, weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces.

Aside from the novelty of being New Year’s babies born in different years, the twins will each have their own birth dates—something most twins don’t get.  That’s great for them and their path to having their own identities. Moms, not so much. Planning two birthday parties a day apart? Good luck with that!

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