I popped to the shops to get some last minute pressies on Christmas Eve and returned with TWINS – after they arrived a MONTH earlyDecember 8, 2018
WHEN Sara Myles went out to do her Christmas shopping she never imagined that she would come back home with a double surprise.
After leaving her house to pick up a few last minute presents, she ended up returning with her newborn twins.
Sara, 36, had decided to call in at the hospital on her way to the shops because she had an itchy skin rash.
She was a month away from giving birth, but when doctors examined her they diagnosed a potentially life-threatening condition – and Sara wasn’t allowed to leave the hospital until the twins had been delivered safely.
Sara, who lives with partner Mark Tonner, in Falkirk, Scotland, said: “I couldn’t believe that I’d just gone out to get a few Christmas presents – and I ended up coming home with my twins from that trip.
“I never imagined when I left the house that I wouldn’t be coming back a few hours later.”
The couple were shocked when they discovered she was pregnant with twins at a six week scan at hospital.
“There are no twins in our families and when I fell pregnant I was thrilled, but I never imagined there would be more than one baby in there,” Sara admitted.
“When I went for my scan at six weeks, the sonographer ran the scanner over my tummy and pointed out one heartbeat – and then she said, ‘There’s the other one.’
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She continued: “We couldn’t believe it – it was such a shock. Once we got over the shock we were looking forward to meeting our two new arrivals.”
Her pregnancy went smoothly until she was eight months gone and suddenly started to get itchy skin.
The couple had planned to go Christmas shopping three days before Christmas, but when they set off they drove past the hospital and Sara decided to stop on the way to get it checked out.
But when she reported the condition to the nursing staff, they were concerned and carried out tests, and found that she was suffering from the potentially life threatening condition pre-eclampsia.
“It was such a shock when they told us,” Sara said.
“I had no idea that it could have been anything that serious. They told me that I had to stay in hospital and be monitored.
“There was no way that they were going to let me out to carry on my Christmas shopping.”
What is pre-eclampsia?
Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects pregnant women, usually after the 20-week mark or straight after their baby is delivered.
Early signs include having high blood pressure (hypertension) and protein in their urine (proteinuria).
Mild pre-eclampsia affects up to six per cent of pregnancies, while severe cases develop in up to two per cent.
The exact cause of the condition is currently unknown, but it’s thought to occur when there’s a problem with the placenta.
There are also several factors that increase the chance of developing the condition, including having a family history of it, being over 40 or expecting multiple babies.
Symptoms of pre-eclampsia include:
- swelling of the feet, ankles, face and hands
- severe headache
- vision problems
- pain just below the ribs
However many people don’t notice the signs of pre-eclampsia, which means it’s usually picked up during routine antenatal appointments.
Most cases of pre-eclampsia cause no problems and improve soon after the baby is delivered. However, there’s a risk that the mother will develop fits called ‘eclampsia’.
These fits can be life threatening for the mother and baby, but thankfully they’re rare.
High blood pressure is defined as blood pressure higher than 140/90 mm Hg.
Unhealthy lifestyle choices can increase the risk of developing it during pregnancy; for example, being overweight and not exercising.
Women experiencing their first pregnancy are also more likely to develop high blood pressure.
The good news is that there’s a lower chance of it happening during subsequent pregnancies with the same partner.
She was given steroid injections to try and develop the twins’ lungs as much as possible.
Two days later the non-identical pair were born by caesarean on Christmas Eve.
Evan weighed 5lb 10oz and Cole weighed 4lb 10oz.
When the twins were delivered, doctors discovered that the umbilical cord was wrapped twice around Cole’s neck, so the early delivery had saved his life.
“It was such a relief when they were born safely,” Sara said.
“We’d had no idea that the cord was wrapped around his neck so it was so lucky that they had been delivered early, or else Cole may not have survived much longer.”
The twins were allowed home after two weeks and are now looking forward to celebrating their first Christmas at home.
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Sara said: “We had our Christmas dinner at hospital last year, so it will be lovely to have a proper family Christmas at home this year.
“I can’t believe that I went out Christmas shopping and came back with twins. Hopefully it will be a lot more relaxed Christmas this year!”
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