© Photos courtesy Molly Green Half a Pregnancy: What It's Like to Experience Vanishing Twin Syndrome "Aren't you glad you didn't have twins?" My friend's words cut through me. I was venting about my baby girl waking me every 45 minutes at night when her response made me abruptly excuse myself. I had to hang up the phone before the tears started to flow.

I was supposed to have twins. I should have been complaining to my friend that there were two babies waking me every 45 minutes at night. Everyone who knew what happened seemed to be under the impression that since I was struggling with this new life with a newborn, I must be glad there was only one. After all, I'd finally given birth to one healthy baby - so I should be over the early loss of her twin.

© Photos courtesy Molly Green 1831212b5d8cf9a1c739b4.10514900_.jpg The medical community refers to the pregnancy loss I experienced as vanishing twin syndrome. The term describes an early loss in a twin pregnancy where one twin is miscarried but the other continues to grow and thrive. You're only "half as pregnant" as you once were, but you're still pregnant. It's a strange dichotomy, where life and death coexist within a single uterus, and it's not as rare as you might think. The American Pregnancy Association reports that it affects anywhere from 20-30% of multifetal pregnancies.

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